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
I visited the Apalachee Bay section of the St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge on May 20, 2015. I had a great time as we drove a few miles through marshlands to the coast. I spotted a few shorebirds, a couple of Turkey Vultures, a White-tailed Deer, a huge Fiddler Crab nursery area in the mud, and a domestic pet goat that was feeding in the tall grass along the highway in front of the home where it belongs. I sure enjoyed my all-to-brief visit! Wishing you a happy and safe holiday today. I am remembering the families and friends of lost service members in my thoughts and prayers.
Deer are such wonderful animals! I saw these deer while on my trip to South Dakota (Custer State Park), and Wyoming at Yellowstone National Park, this past June. Basically I’d spot the deer but they would spot or hear the vehicle and flee. Usually when trying to photograph deer, one has to be very quiet and still or be far away.
Many of these deer were very young adults. The males shed their antlers yearly and grow a new pair. These deer are Mule Deer. I saw deer in the Custer State Park of South Dakota and again in Yellowstone National Park. The trio of young bucks were spotted while I was on a guided bus tour to the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. I recommend this late afternoon and early evening tour, called the Wildlife Tour to Lamar Valley. It is a large group bus tour but you do see many animals and there are opportunities to get out of the bus for rest stops and picture-taking. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
We were driving down the street about a half-block from our driveway when out trotted three White-tailed does. The does are the female deer. It is now deer season for hunting here in this county so I am sure that the deer are happy that they were on a street and in a neighborhood where hunting is not allowed (nearby areas do have hunting on private land). The deer here have lots of places to hide in thickets and woods. These does were so pretty! This is the second time I have seen deer close to our new home. In fact, when we were looking at the place before buying it, we were told that the reason why the top rail in two small areas of the wood fence were down, was due to deer jumping over the fence to get to the garden. So, I am sure we will need to additionally fence our garden plot next Spring. I took these pictures from inside the car on Dec. 13, 2011. The shots are hazy since I had to take the pictures through the closed windows and did so in a big hurry. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I was out late yesterday afternoon and snapped a few pictures os a White-tailed Deer that was happily grazing in the taller grass at the side of one of our community’s nice outlying roads. Deer are plentiful here in many neighborhoods. This statement is especially true in areas close to golf course fairways. We also have a lot of undeveloped and lightly developed areas where the deer are free to roam without bothering gardens and landscaping. I saw a single deer in four different places, but only got fair photographs of this one animal. I was taking pictures from the car and the light was fading. White-tailed Deer eat grass, leaves, fruits and tender stems of plants. The fact that they love grass is a major reason why so many deer are around golf links. I also have seen deer browsing on people’s lawns some six feet from the houses! That scene does not happen often as deer mostly like being with their own and stay away from people. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
White-tailed Deer, Turkey Vultures, and Western Grebes were among the animals and birds that I was watching in the past few days here in my greater community and on the lake where I live. We have a rather large flock of Vultures that lives in the more undeveloped woodland area of our community here on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau. These big birds roost together in large pine and hemlock trees in a sparsely developed neighborhood that borders a wildlife management area. I also came upon three Deer when on a drive to that same forested area of the community. The Western Grebes are a mystery to me. I think that these water birds are out of place but I do welcome seeing them. At first, I was confused as to what kind of bird these were. I wondered if they were a Yellow Billed Loon, or some type of Cormorant. Upon reading on the Internet, I have come to believe that no, they are not Loons, and they are not Cormorants, and they are not even Clark’s Grebes. I believe them to be Western Grebes. The Western Grebe lives in areas in the Western U.S. and generally is seldom seen here in Cumberland County. I have been happy to see all of these unique animals and birds! I took all of these pictures on 12/8/10 and 12/9/10. By the way, I have been trying out a new camera. I took the pictures of the Vultures with a Panasonic Lumix FZ40 Model point and shoot digital camera with zoom. That little camera will be my “Keep it in the car” camera for times when I come across animals or memorable sights while out on drives. A side note, I am seeing several new and different waterbirds here on the lake in the last several days. I’ll be posting the pictures here soon. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!