Relaxing at Wakodahatchee Wetlands……a feast for the eyes.

A couple of days ago, we took some time off from the painting and decorating at home, and spent a relaxing couple of hours at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands nature reserve, just a couple of miles up the road.

One of the first sights we came upon was a tree absolutely crowded with roosting Double-Crested Cormorants.

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It was a very warm sunny day, and this Anhinga was really amusing to watch, as it panted to keep itself cool.

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A little further along, we saw another, drying its wings in the sun.

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The White Ibis was foraging around in the reeds for snacks,

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as was the Great Egret.

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This Reddish Egret seemed to have a lot to say for himself.

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We caught a glimpse of shocking pink, and it was non other than a gorgeous Roseate Spoonbill.

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The Tri-coloured Heron was in the middle of a preening session.

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If I could do this, I could scratch my own back. What a contortionist! 🙂

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Finally, he was ready for his photo shoot.

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This pair of Mottled Ducks were just hanging out,

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whilst the Common Gallinule was having a swim party with the kids.

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The real highlight was spotting a huge Alligator, having an afternoon siesta. We trod very softly across the bridge, as we didn’t want to wake him.

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Little did he know, but only a couple of metres away, there was a fat tasty morsel just waiting to be snapped up.

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As we were nearing the end of our walk, we saw a Painted Turtle. I read up about it, and was amazed to find that these turtles have been around for 15 million years. It just goes to show that it’s possible to survive for a very long time if you have a hard shell, and can relax like this.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our nature walk together.  Have a great weekend.

This post is in answer to Ailsa’s Travel Theme, Relaxing. To see more entries, just click on the link.

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Sunday Stills: My Backyardigan Birds

Ed’s Sunday Stllls Challenge this week, Is ‘Birds’, and I currently have such a lot of bird pics which I’ve taken at nature reserves close by, but I’ll save those for another post, and just show you the regulars in my back yard.

When we got back to Florida a month ago, Mr Great Blue Heron was the only bird around here, and had the place to himself. Here you see him surveying his territory.

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It wasn’t long before his friend the Great Egret arrived back from his summer holidays up north, and started searching around the foliage for a few tasty tidbits.

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He didn’t find anything worthwhile in our garden, so decided to try next door where there are more hiding places for frogs and lizards.

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A not too frequent, but very welcome visitor, is this Wood Stork, who was just strutting over to start up a conversation with Mr Mottled Duck.

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Suddenly out of nowhere, Mrs Duck arrived to tell hubby it was time to leave, and off they went, sailing across the water.

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The other evening, a Common Gallinule was perched on the roof of our neighbours’ verandah. He was sitting so straight and still that he could have been mistaken for a weather vane.

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Today, as I was typing this post, a merry band of Snowys arrived to try their luck in the neighbours shrubs. I had to sneak this pic through the window, as they are very timid. Maybe that’s why they tend to go around in groups…….. safety in numbers.

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I’m not very good at photographing birds in flight, but I did manage to catch the Great Blue last night as it flew off across the water.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my back yard birds. To see more entries for Ed’s photo challenge, just click here.