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!
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Common Cormorants and White Pelican
White Pelican, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Wood Ducks, Cormorants
Here are photos of some of the many water birds I spotted at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL on February 4, 2015. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Wood Stork and Seagulls
Pelicans, Wood Storks, Great Egret
Wood Ducks in Flight
Hooded Merganser Ducks
Here are more photographs of wildlife and scenery that I took while at the Sunnyhill Restoration Area, Weirsdale, Florida on January 3, 2015. Please click on the thumbnail images to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!
This male Northern Cardinal was flying between the shrubbery and the thickly leafed Magnolia Tree where I took its picture. The little Black-capped Chickadee was trying to find a tasty bite up in the Live Oak in my front yard. My front yard is very shady as I have two large Oaks and a medium-sized Magnolia. On that humid cloudy day the birds were hiding in deep shady leaves. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. I took these pictures on August 6, 2014 in my yard and also across the street near a rainfall retention basin. Enjoy!
This Carolina Wren was fascinated with my neighbor’s porch and the America Flag on a short pole. As you can see, the bird makes an attractive living pole ornament! This bird was loudly calling and flitting around my front yard trees and quickly moved to the neighbor’s porch. Carolina Wrens, like their cousins, the House Wrens, do like porches and potted plants. I took these pictures on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Blue Jays, Chickadees, Robins, Warblers, Mockingbirds, Wrens, and Woodpeckers all were seen flitting, stalking, perching, feeding, and pecking in my neighborhood gardens trees and lawns yesterday, Jan. 26, 2014. It was a banner day for bird watching here.
I think I spotted twelve different types of birds! What fun! Here are some of the pictures I took. I hope you enjoy seeing them. Some of these birds are migrant visitors here for the Winter. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker
Eastern Blue Jay
This Red-bellied Woodpecker is one of a pair that have moved into the neighborhood. I took these pictures on October 9, 2013 in my back yard. This chatty woodpecker was investigating the possibilities of a Live Oak for a bounty of insects, or possibly for a new home. I am wild about woodpeckers so having a pair here is thrilling! To better enjoy this “Woodpecker Wednesday” series today, please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Blue Jay
Smaller birds have been visiting in my neighborhood recently. I tok these photographs on Oct. 8, 2013 and again on Oct. 9, 2013. We are likely seeing the first waves of migrating birds from up North.
I was happy to see a Carolina Chickadee, a Carolina Wren, Eastern Blue Jay, Northern Mockingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker (one of a pair), and a bright Palm Warbler. I also have seen a pair of Eastern Bluebirds, and many Tufted Titmice, Common Crows around. These are all welcomed birds which I happily enjoyed! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Blue Jays and Tufted Titmice have been here in the neighborhood for the past week. These are likely migrant visitor birds here for the Winter from up North. The Eastern Blue Jays are loud, brash beautiful White and Turquoise Blue-colored birds with black accents. They are flashy and are bold birds.
The Tufted Titmice are charming little grey birds with their cute top knot. Both birds are excellent at getting insects for their dinner. They also will eat fruit, and nuts and seeds. The Titmice are here in a flock of about fifteen birds. I am not sure that there are as many Blue Jays around. I have only seen a pair of the Jays. I took the pictures here in my yard on Oct. 1, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
American White Ibises came to visit in my immediate neighborhood several times in late May and early June. I could hardly contain my glee! Boy was I happy! Other than in a zoo,, I had never seen a live Ibis, much less several of them. They were here to do one thing and that was to eat. They ate any insects they could find, and ate tadpoles, frogs, and worms. The Ibises strolled around the rainfall collection basin which is lined with St. Augustine Grass and was almost dry. The association here that manages this housing development cuts the grass in this basin about twice a month.
It was funny to see these awkward yet beautiful, large birds stroll around among the yards near houses. I had to laugh seeing one Ibis slowly stroll past a small garden gnome sculpture on a neighbor’s front lawn! I miss seeing the American White Ibises. I think maybe a small flock will return late next Spring for another visit. I sure hope so. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!