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~Myakka River State Park

Wednesday evening we arrived at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida. This is our second visit, and it is so much fun to be here again. We are in a large, corner, full hook-up, pull-thru, with lots of vegetation between sites, so whats not to enjoy!

All you have to do is walk out the door of your RV and the sights and sounds of nature engulf you. This afternoon, a Red-shouldered Hawk flew into a tree near us. He was screeching so loudly and what seemed like a very long time. We couldn’t figure out what had him so upset.

Myakka is a nature loversĀ paradise! Since Wednesday,Ā I have seen over 44 species of birds,Ā and haveĀ taken hundredsĀ of photos! I hope to post a few of them, which depends on the quality of the internet. It has been slow…..

I captured this White Heron hunting for a lateĀ meal, the evening light was gorgeous. (Note the yellow legs and bill on.)

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“Listen up guys, if I fish here will you leave me alone?”

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“Okay, thanks. Ā I will hold you all, to your word.”

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“This little guy, I don’t trust so much.”

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“I can tell, he is still watching me, I better get out of here.”

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“I got a little itch.”

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_MG_6101“That feels better; how do I look? Now I just need to catch a fish.”

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Click on this linkĀ Ā Myakka RiverĀ to see what activitiesĀ this beautiful park has to offer. It has become one of my very favorite locations.

Yesterday, we ventured out of the park for lunch. Found a local place called Cedar Reef Fish Camp to eat. I had butternut squash ravioli with shrimp and Howard had Fish n Chips (fresh catch haddock). It was all delicious; weĀ love to find local and unique places to eat. Here is their web-site:Ā Cedar Reef.

More photos of Myakka River State Park to follow…

 

 

 

~A White, Blue~

A Great White Heron…..

Ā is anĀ 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 alongĀ 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 isĀ a big bully. HeĀ 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 locationĀ 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 mightĀ see Alligators, Herons, Storks, Black-necked Stilts, Spoonbills, Grebes, Egrets and maybe others!

Until next time...
Until next time…