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~Gobble, Gobble~

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A lovely pair of Wild Turkeys

Lake Louisa State Park, located near Clermont, Florida, has many acres of old-growth Orange Groves, some bordering the main road into the park. Presently, these groves are non-producing, but provide great habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Recently, some of these trees have been uprooted and stacked in piles as you can see in the photo below.

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Uprooted Orange Trees. Rows and rows of them.

I wish the park’s management will allow some of the piles to remain for the wildlife seeking refuge, but I tend to believe they won’t. Better yet, why don’t they plant new trees in their place. They don’t have to replant orange trees.

This is what they looked like  prior to being uprooted.
This is what the field looked like on December 26, 2014 as they began uprooting the trees..

Anyway “Lets Talk Turkey”

Late one evening about one week ago, leaving the guys behind, my friend Karla and I decided to jump in the car and head out in search of a pair of American Kestrels. We had been seeing them daily, when driving in and out of the park.

The Kestrels had been hanging around some of these mangled piles of orange trees, perhaps getting ready to build a nest. They would sit on one of the tallest points of the stack, probably looking for food.  I wanted to capture a photo of them.

On this particular evening we didn’t see the American Kestrel pair, I think it was too late in the day, but we did see this gorgeous couple, along with seven other females, coming out of the woods to forage before roosting for the night. They were pretty far away so my photos aren’t the best. The guys missed out!

To learn more about our Wild Turkeys go to http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/wild-turkey/.

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Wild Turkey Pair

Until Next Time

Stay Frisky

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Maybe she is saying, “pick me instead of her”.

I am sharing this post with Eileen, Viewing nature with Eileen for her Saturday’s Critters at http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com/2015/02/saturdays-critters-63.html

 

~Eastern Phoebe~

I am happy to share my Eastern Phoebe photos, sitting on a wooden fence, with Theresa at Run-A-Round-Ranch for “Good Fences”. 

http://run-a-roundranch.blogspot.com/2015/02/good-fences-49.html

Flies out from perch, in this case a l ovely wooden fence, to catch insects.
Flies out from perch, in this case a l ovely wooden fence, to catch insects.
Eastern Phoebe, gray-brown above and whitish below
Eastern Phoebe, gray-brown above and whitish below

 

Song sounds like a hoarse rendition of their name, such as "feeble".
She traded her fence perch for a branch. Song sounds like a hoarse rendition of their name, such as “feeble”.

I took these photos at Jonathan Dickinson State Park near the Loxahatchee River

Loxahatchee River at Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Loxahatchee River at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Until next time…

Good Fences make Good Perches and Good Neighbors

~My contribution to Good Fences #15~

 

My contribution to

Good Fences

http://run-a-roundranch.blogspot.ca

 

A trail to follow
A trail to follow

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trails to follow

a fence casting shadows

welcoming shade

invites us to follow

look close we have a visitor

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A fence casting shadows
A fence casting shadows
Look close we have a visitor
Look close we have a visitor
California Quail
California Quail

 

Photos taken June 30, 2014 at Willard Bay State Park, Willard, Utah. A new bird for me, number 367!

~My Contribution to Good Fences #12~

My contribution to

Good Fences

http://run-a-roundranch.blogspot.ca

 

A fence 

high in the mountains,

sloped toward the clouds,

kissed by snow drifts.

 

A log fence at 11,796 feet
A log fence at 11,796 feet

 

Howard on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park
Howard on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

 

Windy and cool!
Windy and cool!

On Tuesday Howard and I took a ride into Rocky Mountain National Park driving all the way to the top of Trail Ridge Road. It was a fun day!