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Manatee Springs State Park, Part 2

Manatee Spring

Manatee Spring

Belted Kingfisher on the Suwanee River

Belted Kingfisher on the Suwanee River

Double Crested Cormorants 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!

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Probably an Eastern Phoebe

Probably an Eastern Phoebe

 

Pied-billed Grebe on the Suwanee River

Pied-billed Grebe on the Suwanee River

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

Juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Manatee Spring

Juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Manatee Spring

Manatee Springs State Park, Part 1

Nine-banded Armadillo

Nine-banded Armadillo

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!

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Cypress Tree "Knees"

Cypress Tree “Knees”

 

The Suwanee River

The Suwanee River

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

Manatee Spring

Manatee Spring

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