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La Chua Trail at Paynes Prairie

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A lot of wildlife was spotted at the lovely La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park near Gainesville, FL, on March 12, 2015.  I saw 14 large American Alligators just off the wide easy trail.  One does have to be careful about the alligators but they were all in the water and off of the path while I was there (alligators do get close to the trail!).  I photographed that Common Gallinule (below center) just a moment before one of the alligators snuck up on it and had it for dinner.

The trail is about 2 miles long and is flat with several shade areas with benches.  There is a large overlook at the end but I did not get that far as it was a hot afternoon and I was pretty tired.  I only did half of this beautiful trail.  We paid a $4.00 parking/entry fee at the trail head parking lot.  If you go, don’t forget a bottle of drinking water! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Whooping Crane!

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A lone Whooping Crane was spotted resting among a large flock of Sand Hill Cranes at the University of Florida’s cattle pastures on Williston Rd. in Gainesville, Florida on February 7, 2015.  This is a wonderful spot for the visiting cranes as there is plenty of food in the hay and grains fed to the cattle herd, and there is enough water for all.  Whooping Cranes are pretty seldom seen here in Florida.

The cranes are migratory birds and visiting Gainesville for the Winter.  The fenced cattle pastures seem good for the cranes as they are not bothered by people who may be walking around nearby (This pasture is across from residential neighborhoods).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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