This year due to the hurricanes that swept through the area last year, instead of a small muddy lake and lots of muddy marsh where the gators and cranes can hang out it is more like a large lake with no shore area! This means nowhere for the gators to bask or for the cranes to feed. A whole different beauty and some birds we had not seen last year, we still are having a great time.
We are visiting family in the area and last week had some family out from Las Vegas, so we all went out the the prairie:
Below, we saw this bird for the first time last year in the Tampa area and now here they are further north! A limpkin!
|the rest of my group entering the boardwalk|
|lots of anhingas this year also|
there were a few snakes
hanging out on a bush in
the water trying to warm
this big guy actually
moved a few steps while
so happy to have a little sun
I'm sure; Been much colder
here this year as in many
other places in the country
|this was a nice day though|
|a limpkin plucks an apple snail from the water, it's favorite food|
|cattle egret resting on one leg|
a great egret out hunting
|another bird I do not remember seeing here last year, a bittern|
armadillos are fun to watch but since I found out they carry leprosy....wow!
After leaving the prairie, we did come across several sandhill cranes hanging out in a nearby cattle field: