September 21, 2015

This afternoon at Nathan Krestul a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks were flying around, trying to find purchase on anything dry, but close enough to the water’s edge to hunt.

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Red-shouldered Hawk with String Lily

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Red-shouldered Hawk

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Red-shouldered Hawk

A male Belted Kingfisher (first time I’ve spotted a male at Nathan Krestul)  watched the hawks’ antics from up high.

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Belted Kingfisher

Adult White Ibis and the older juveniles stayed close to the surface of the swamp.

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White Ibis

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White Ibis (Doing a Tarzan Yell?)

But this juvenile White Ibis liked a higher perch.

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The day before, when Gram and I went for a spin at Westminster Woods, we saw several of the usual favorites.

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Anhinga with Florida Softshell Turtle

A second Florida Softshell Turtle was basking on a log–odd, because until this day, I’d never seen any of the Florida Softshells out of the water at Westminster Woods.

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Great Blue Heron

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Great Egret

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Little Blue Heron

After I saw Gram, I stopped by Nathan Krestul Park, and saw a pair of Eastern Kingbirds hunting insects on the surface of the water.

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Eastern Kingbird

And speaking of pairs, I saw a pair of Bald Eagles fly over the swampy part of park.