This white-phase juvenile wading bird is a Little Blue Heron. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Belted Kingfisher on the Suwanee River
Double Crested Cormorants on the Suwanee River
This lovely Florida State Park has a 72 degree F fresh water spring, is on the banks of the Suwanee River, has a wonderful campground, and walking trails with a children’s playground area. I saw many deer, nine, I think. I also saw four armadillos. There were a few wading birds, and songbirds, but there were perhaps a hundred Turkey Vultures (with a few Black Vultures in the bunch).
Almost every large tree on the Suwanee River at the mouth of the Manatee Springs stream, had many vultures perched on it! It is an amazing sight to see a seventy foot tall Cypress tree festooned with buzzards (another name for vultures).
This park is not a zoo and all the animals are wild. I was surprised to see the animals so boldly walking around were people were.
I recommend visiting Manatee Springs State Park. A lovely place with a lot to see in a small park. It is about six miles from the small town of Chiefland where there are several stores and restaurants. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Probably an Eastern Phoebe
Pied-billed Grebe on the Suwanee River
Juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Manatee Spring
White-tailed Deer; Nine-banded Armadillos; a Juvenile Little Blue Heron; a Great Egret; a Double-crested Cormorant, a chatty Red-bellied Woodpecker, and an enormous migratory flock of Turkey Vultures were spotted at the lovely Manatee Springs State Park near Chiefland, Florida on November 8, 2016. Sorry to say, I did not see a single Manatee. I think it is probably too early in the season for Manatee sightings here.
This beautiful little Florida State Park is on the shoreline of the Manatee Spring and also the Suwanee River. There is a very nice campground and the park also has a canoe and Kayak rental program also with a nice launch area and small concession stand restaurant. People may swim in the 72 degree spring but there is no lifeguard service. I chose not to swim as it was too cool for that. I will conclude my series about this park on Monday with my next post. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Cypress Tree “Knees”
The Suwanee River
This Snowy Egret has a friend but it’s not another Egret, but a white-phase Little Blue Heron. The pond where I snapped these pictures is one of the temporary rainfall retention ponds we have here in this development. It is down the street from the larger permanent pond along the golf course, where I frequently see other herons and egrets. The Snowy Egret is the one with the yellow eyes, yellow patch above its bill, and the yellow feet.
The other wading bird is a juvenile Little Blue Heron. They certainly look-alike, don’t they? The give-away is that bluish bill and the faintly light blue-green legs and feet. These two birds wade in the shallows of ponds, rivers and lakes and love eating amphibians, small turtles, fishes and insects. I have heavily cropped one photo of both birds together in order to help show the subtle difference between each. I took these pictures on Thursday, September 26, 2013 in the morning here in the development where I live in Marion County, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!