Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Walk In The Park

My husband and I went to a local park Saturday, something we rarely have time to do together. We walked into the midst of some water fowl gathered together for a handout. Someone had just previously been feeding them, so they looked to us for more. We didn't have any. But it did provide some good photograph opportunities. I thought I'd share a few pictures here.

I don't know why, but this is my favorite shot. This is a female Boattailed Grackle. They are frightfully common scavenger birds. You will find them in every parking lot looking for free crumbs. The open mouth is a way they cool off. The day was warm, but more so if you sat in the direct sunlight.

Female Boattailed Grackle

This bird is a Limpkin, not to be confused vocally with a "limpet," which is a shellfish. They aren't seen everywhere in the U.S. and in fact, I have a friend who would really like to see one, but they are not found where he lives. I seem to be on a roll spotting these this year. Good year for Limpkins, I guess.

Limpkin

Here is another common water bird, the white ibis. Surprisingly, it is not native to my area though, but is now well established. This one was amongst the crowd looking for free food. He (no idea if it really was a "he") followed us a ways down the pathway.

White Ibis

This picture shows a juvenile Purple Gallinule, female. This adorable bird came almost directly up to my husband's hand. See video below.

Juvenile Purple Gallinule

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_33ysc4R6Yg


We saw numerous other things. The full set of photographs is up at my Webshots. However, I would lastly like to share this snake. It's ID confused me at first because of the bright coloration. But someone way smarter than I has identified it as a young Southern Watersnake. They apparently darken as they get older.

Southern Watersnake, Nerodia fasciata

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

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