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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