Monday, November 17, 2014

What I Saw in One Afternoon at Largo Central Nature Park

I am always surprised at the variety of wildlife that I see at Largo Central Nature Park. As an amateur photographer, I love this park, but this weekend, it was exceptional. It is hard to believe I was able to spot this many birds, mammals, and reptiles in one place in one afternoon. I think they read the sign that said the pond had been stocked recently. 


Squirrel greeting park visitors
Chicken Turtle


First I walked around the boardwalk.  There was two squirrels chasing each other and a turtle swimming in the canal, but no alligator, A flock of cormorants were swimming in the retention pond
A Great Egret briefly appeared to do some fishing. 


Great White Egret
A little blue heron was sitting on the railing of the boardwalk and even allowed us to pass him

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron Scratching Himself


Around a bend in the boardwalk  was two Limpkins and an Ibis. What a great day for photography!

Limpkin searching for fish
The ibis is an especially beautiful bird, especially in the late afternoon sun when its feathers are illuminated


Ibis grooming his back
Ibis Grooming his side



Back on the trail, I found this Roseate Spoonbill in the branches beside another ibis. There were also common moorhens in the canal separating the park form East Bay Golf Course and another Little Blue Heron.  

Roseate Spoonbill
 Continuing on the 3/4 mile loop, I found this Anhinga on the drainpipe. His favorite spot!

Anhinga on drainpipe
Around the bend was this Great Blue Heron, oblivious of any park visitors. You can't miss them, they are so tall. 

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron grooming himself
Great Blue Heron really grooming himself