Nature Walks – Wakodahatchee: The Heat’s On

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Hungry Cattle Egret fledglings mobbing parent at mealtime.

Nature Walks – Wakodahatchee:  The Heat’s On

It gets hot in Florida during the summertime, but it seems warmer than last year.  When I walked around the mile-long loop at Wakodahatchee, even the birds were trying to cool off or laying quietly in their nests.  I only made it around the loop once (I usually try twice) as the heat was a bit too much and the swimming pool at home was calling me.

Here are some photos:

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Anhinga sisters. Birds open their mouths to cool off.

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Great Blue Heron

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Tri-colored Heron

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Keeping Cool!

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Handsome unidentified Goose

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Purple Gallinule

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Mother and chick

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Male Anhinga. The sharp beak acts like a spear while fishing.

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Wary Tri-colored Heron

The wetlands were fairly quiet today except for the occasional outburst from a nest of young Cattle Egrets hungry for a meal.  The Wood Storks have, for the most part, moved on, with only a few lingering in their old nest sites.  Whistling ducks were active overhead,  but I couldn’t catch them on the ground or in the water.  The human population of visitors has also thinned out considerably.  It is by far much easier to find a parking place now.

Well, after the walk, I went to the store to pick up some fresh produce and then went home to test the temperature of our small swimming pool.  It was particularly inviting in over 90 degrees F heat.  Life as a retiree in Florida.  What more can I say?

Enjoy your week!

“Sunny” VaCoupe (aka Eliza Ayres)

© All Rights Reserved, Elizabeth Ayres Escher, http://www.bluedragonjournal.com

 

 

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