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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 lovers paradise! Since Wednesday, I have seen over 44 species of birds, and have taken hundreds 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 late 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.  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 link  Myakka River to see what activities 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; we love to find local and unique places to eat. Here is their web-site: Cedar Reef.

More photos of Myakka River State Park to follow…

 

 

 

~Look Up~

Look up you just might see,

a feathered friend perched in a tree,

eating, resting, preening,

always a pleasure for me.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler (Manatee Springs State Park)
Black Vulture
Black Vulture (Manatee Springs State Park)
Snowy Egrets (Myakka River State Park)
Snowy Egrets (Myakka River State Park)
Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Great Egret
Great Egret (Manatee Springs State Park)
Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal (Manatee Springs State Park)
Loggerhead Shrike (near Myakka River State Park)
Loggerhead Shrike (near Myakka River State Park)
Great Blue Heron ( Myakka River State Park)
Great Blue Heron (Myakka River State Park)
Getting ready to take off.
Getting ready to take off.

Sharing with:

Michelle at Rambling Woods-Nature Notes

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Stewart at Wild Bird Wednesday

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~For the Love of Herons-Tricolored~

Back to Myakka River State Park for this post…

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With one last opportunity to observe the beautiful Myakka River and the numerous birds that visit this area, we stood on a bridge and looked out across the water. I knew, for this winter season, it would be my last visit to Myakka River State Park. I fell in love with this state park and this spot on the bridge.

The next morning we were leaving and I remember feeling sad. My photos of this Tricolored Heron were taken on this evening.

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The Tricolored heron, formerly known as Louisiana Heron, is truly gorgeous The name tricolored refers to the dark upperparts, white underparts, and the reddish brown stripes on the fore neck. You will often see this heron wading out into a salt marsh belly deep; deeper than most other herons.

 

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The heron was running back and forth stirring the water hoping to scare up something to eat.  He didn’t know it, but he was entertaining us with his actions.

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By this time the sun was setting and the light was fading. The heron seemed to become more frantic trying to catch something to eat before nightfall. It was getting harder to capture sharp shots, but it sure was fun trying. Several times he would run, stop and lift his wings over his head!

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Thank you Tricolored for giving me a wonderful experience, making me smile and lifting my sadness. I hope to see you again when we return to Myakka River.

 

Until next time…

~For the Love of Herons – Green~

Green Heron
Green Heron

A couple of weeks ago, while staying at Myakka River State Park, near Sarasota, Florida, we decided to take an afternoon ride to explore the park. We noticed a gravel road off the main road and turned in.  Traveling down unexplored roads, not knowing what lies ahead, is a thrill and what keeps us motivated to continue doing what we do. We reached a dead end, parked the car, got out and began to explore.

There were a couple of picnic tables; however the area didn’t seem to be visited as often as some of the other well known parts of the park. The grass showed no worn pattern and there wasn’t any trash on the ground.

From our vantage point at the top of the river bank, we could see the coffee colored Myakka River below, lazily meandering along. The filtered rays of the sun reflecting off its surface.

Finally, our eyes landed on a beautiful and unexpected sight. On a tree branch, that hung out over the river, sat a Green Heron. You can bet he spotted us before we spotted him.

The heron was resting with one leg tucked under its belly and occasionally it would begin to preen. I hope it had a full belly.

Preening
Preening

It didn’t seem concerned about us being there; we were perhaps fifteen feet away. The density of the trees and surrounding foliage, blocking sunlight, created a photo challenge.

The heron continued to pose for me and remained unconcerned of our presence.

 

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A feather in its bill.

 

I guess he did give me the evil eye!
I guess he did give me the evil eye or perhaps he was just saying hello!

I treasure experiences like this – the joy of being out in nature, the welcoming silence of the woods, the calming affect of the flowing water and the unexpected pleasure of a sighting.

The pleasure was all mine. After a while we got back into the car and as we traversed the gravel road, back to the main road, we carried with us a fond memory.

Until next time….

 

 

~Sweet~


sweet pretty face

bright eyes looking at me

touched my heart

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On a hike, we came upon a flock of Warblers. They were frantically searching the Oak Trees for food. I was trying very hard to capture a fews photos and had just about given up.

This sweet little Pine Warbler flew into a tree in front of me, sat there for awhile, seemingly resting, then flew off. I was able to take a few shots as it sat there. The light was pretty good and I was pleased with the photos. There were also some Palm Warblers flying around.

I did have a few worms fall on me while walking under these moss-covered, Oak trees, which wasn’t fun at all.

Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler

 

Until next time….

~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…..