Or Maybe just Disney Animal Kingdom
Up until yesterday, I had only seen a wood duck twice: once on a boat ride and once at a distance. Both times not conducive for good photos. So yesterday when I found a bunch of them at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, Florida, I was like WHOO-HOO. Let’s Do this. (Facebook peeps, click on the link to see all photos posted)
I’d be remiss if I didn’t share a photo of a sweet, little female wood duck too. She’s not near as flashy as her male partner but look at those soulful eyes, that cute little puff of wispy hair on her crown and that splash of turquoise with a hint of gold on her side.
When I started out with my camera today, I really didn’t know what I’d fine (that’s part of the fun), but it didn’t take long to realize it was gonna be a Sandhill Crane kinda day. Just a few miles from my house I spotted a SHC sitting on a nest at the edge of a pond Yes, right out in the open, easily visible from the road and easily accessible. Bonanza! Then, would you believe that at the next place I happened upon I found another SHC couple with a cute little colt. Here are a few photos from my morning encounter.
One of the best places to see breeding and nesting Egrets and Herons is Gatorland in Orlando. Hundreds of these birds build their nests in trees all along the marsh boardwalk. On a recent trip I was lucky enough to get some fairly good shots of one adult trying its best to pacify three unruly youngsters.