Great Blue Heron
Here are some of the other critters I saw during my short vacation trip to St. Augustine, Florida a week ago. The Great Blue Heron was spotted at the RV park we stayed at. The Mallard flock and Great Cormorant were also RV park residents.
I spotted the Anhinga and the Common Cooter and Florida Soft Shell Turtle at a large freshwater pond behind the police station in St. Augustine Beach. I briefly saw the shell of that Soft Shell Turtle and can say that it was a very large turtle. That big pond was chock-full of turtles. I think I saw at least ten. I took these pictures on August 20, 2014 and again on August 21, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Hybrid Mallard & Mottled Cross Ducks
Florida Softshell Turtle
Common Cooter Turtle
St. Augustine, Florida and surrounding areas are really chock-full of wildlife. This Atlantic ocean beach city is the oldest city in the United States! I spent last week there vacationing. I was thrilled by all the wading birds, ducks, songbirds, reptiles and surprisingly, wild bees around. A Reddish Egret was basking in the fading Sun at a small boat pier on the Matanzas River near the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
We also went to the Fort Matanzas National Historic Monument on highway A1A South of St. Augustine. There is a half-mile long nature trail there where we spotted a hive of wild Honey Bees, and saw a Black Racer snake right on the boardwalk trail! Across the street at the beach parking lot, I was surprised to see a Gopher Tortoise meandering around the dirt driveway and onto the pavement of that lot. As far as I know, that tortoise was unharmed (though it had a close call with one car). I took these pictures on August 20, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!