The La Chua Trail birds are fabulous! I so enjoyed seeing Great Egrets, Great Blue and Tri-colored Herons, Common Cormorants, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Anhingas; White Ibises, Snowy Egrets, Common Gallinules, and of course, the other animals – alligators and turtles.
I did not see any of the Wild Horses or Bison which once in awhile can be seen from this trail. I photographed these birds, gator, and trail scenes on March 12, 2015 at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, near Gainesville, Fl. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, a Limpkin, Turtles, a Little Blue Heron, and Moorhens were all active and easily spotted at the Haynes Creek Canal in Lake County, Florida near Eustis, Mt. Dora and Tavares. This creek has a canal portion with a lock. It was a lot of fun to go through the lock. This is called the Burrell Lock and Dam. It is between Lake Garnett and Lake Eustis. It may be best to inquire ahead about open hours and boat sizes if desiring to transit this lock.
This canal is just teaming with wildlife! I have also been told that the fishing is good here as well. Haynes Creek has a lot of Water Lilies and aquatic plants. The area is mostly wilderness but once in a while there are homes or a small marina, along the creek. I took these pictures on Friday, April 25, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This Great Blue Heron was sighted at the Paynes Prairie State Park near Gainesville, Florida. It was standing in the shallow water in the Cattails, and grasses. It likely was trying to hunt for a small frog, or turtle. This area is in a fresh water marsh. There was quite a lot of water in the area because of recent heavy rains.
This park has a very large expanse of wild land marsh. There are a lot of wading birds around now. I was very happy to have spotted this heron. I took the pictures on December 16, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!