~Lord of the Vultures~

Does he have a gleem in his eye?

Does he have a gleem in his eye?

 

Howard and I came upon this scene while on a hike in Myakka River State Park. We thought it was pretty funny. This Wood Stork was standing in the middle of these Black Vultures. We just wondered what the Wood Stork was doing.

 

Lord of the Vultures

Lord of the Vultures

 

We nicknamed him – “Lord of the Vulures”. Notice some of the Vultures speaking their mind or maybe they were chanting. Maybe Wood Stork is having an identity crisis.

 

A Beauty and the not-so-pretty.

A Beauty and the not-so-pretty.

 

Until next time…..

~Hiding~

Red-Shouldered Hawks:

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

"Should we try for one?"

“Should we try for one?”

These two hawks, sitting in a tree above the shoreline near the group below, were waiting for a chance to catch breakfast. It was tough getting a clear shot of them, because they were hiding behind tree branches and leaves.

Wondering what to do about those two hawks.

“What should we do about those two hawks?”

Glossy Ibis (winter)

Glossy Ibis (winter)

Until next time….

 

~Fort De Soto County Park – White Ibis~

Going back to the Fort to show you some White Ibis….

 

"Come with us and we will show you our home."

“Come with us and we will show you our home.”

Wait just a sec, while I eat my crab."

“Wait just a sec, while I eat my crab.”

 

"This is where we like to fish."

“This is where we like to fish. Its called North Beach.”

 

"I'am getting a sip of water."

“I’am getting a sip of water.”

 

"Do you see the Gulf of Mexico in the distance?"

“Do you see the Gulf of Mexico in the distance?”

 

"Do you know these people?"

“Do you know these people?” (We took a bike ride from the campground to North Beach one day.)

 

"Okay, you may go home now."

“Okay, you may go back to your RV now.”

 

Until next time….. 

~A White, Blue~

A Great White Heron…..

 is an all white morph of the Great Blue Heron. It has yellowish colored legs and is found in southern Florida and at one time was considered a separate species.

Great White Heron

Great White Heron

Late yesterday afternoon we enjoyed the evening activity along the shoreline of the Myakka River. Several birds were still fishing for their last meal of the day and so was this Great White Heron.

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Notice his yellow legs.

Not only big, white and beautiful he also has an attitude! Simply put he is a big bully. He seemed to get a big kick out of chasing all the other birds away from any area he wanted to fish! All the others knew who was boss and would fly to another area.

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So Still

My favorite location for the last five days. I can’t begin to count the number of photos I took from this spot. We left Myakka River State Park this morning and I will truly miss, driving or walking less than a mile, to see this view.

Sunset November 13, 2014 in Myakka River State Park

Sunset November 13, 2014 in Myakka River State Park

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Looking west from the same location

Looking west from the same location

Look close in these last photos and you might see Alligators, Herons, Storks, Black-necked Stilts, Spoonbills, Grebes, Egrets and maybe others!

Until next time...

Until next time…