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River Wildlife, Part 1

River Otter

A River Otter; two Wild Turkeys; a Bald Eagle; about twenty Limpkins; Sandhill Cranes; Little Blue Herons; Great Blue Herons; Anhingas; Turkey and Black Vultures; Double-crested Cormorants;  a Black-crowned Night Heron; a Tri-Colored Heron; Snowy Egrets; Great Egrets; a Belted Kingfisher; Alligators; Turtles; Purple Gallinules; and Common Moorhens were all spotted during a two hour scenic boat cruise from the very beautiful Blue Springs State Park on the St. John’s River here in Florida yesterday morning.

The pontoon boat Captain drives slowly through backwater channels chock-full of wildlife!  I enthusiastically recommend this cruise!  Advance reservations are likely needed and tickets today cost $20.00 per adult plus a $6.00 per car state park day use admission fee.

Part 2 will be posted here on Monday.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Sandhill Crane on its nest

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle


Wild Turkeys



Central American Adventure


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Costa Rica and Panama are lovely countries.  I had the pleasure of being there for a very brief time last week while on a cruise.  I was thrilled to see several Caiman, which are a reptile similar to a Crocodile or Alligator.  I also saw huge Crocodiles (Caiman are shown above and the Crocodiles are seen below).

These reptiles were spotted in Lake Gatun in the Panama Canal, and on the Chagres River, that is a fresh-water source for Lake Gatun.   The large lizards eat fish, birds, turtles, frogs and smaller land animals.  The Crocodiles cannot chew and do all digestion of their food internally.  I took these pictures on Oct. 30, 2013.  I’ll have more to share regarding different animals from the region, in the next several posts.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


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