Morning Marsh Adventure (The Second Hour)

(This is a continuation of the previous post, an exploration of the Circle B Bar Reserve, near Lakeland, Florida, USA.)

Tighten your shoe laces, time to walk!

As we proceed through the marsh, there is an abundance of life to observe.  In addition to thousands of birds, the reserve is home for alligators, bobcats, armadillos, raccoons, squirrels, white-tailed deer, grey fox, snakes, lizards, butterflies, insects, flowers, trees and scenic vistas at every turn.

There are many dead trees in the marsh which are put to different uses by the local residents.  One of the most popular is for perching to rest, preen or just show off.  With a neck as long as a Great Egret’s, preening presents a challenge.

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

We saw hundreds of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks throughout the morning, some flying in large formations, others flying solo or in small groups, some resting with the family and a couple sharing the morning commuting lane with a Glossy Ibis.  A speedy Mottled Duck quacked at us while zooming past.

Circle B Bar Reserve

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Glossy Ibis

Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Glossy Ibis

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

A startled Sandhill Crane manages to get airborne pretty quickly within the confines of the brush and trees.

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane

All about us birds are busy feeding, preening and resting.

White Ibis

White Ibis

Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron

Limpkin, Roseate Spoonbill

Limpkin, Roseate Spoonbill

Did I mention there might be alligators?  They come in all sizes!

American Alligator

American Alligator

American Alligator

American Alligator

American Alligator

American Alligator

A little female Bufflehead glides across the water and a Roseate Spoonbill stands out all dressed in pink against the blue sky.

Bufflehead

Bufflehead

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

I know it seems like we just took a break, but it’s already been another hour on the trail!  Time to rest a bit, gulp down some water, check camera equipment and move on to discover the source of all that singing!

Enjoy your search for a natural place and come back for a visit.

Additional Resources:

Circle B Bar Reserve

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6 thoughts on “Morning Marsh Adventure (The Second Hour)

  1. Sid Jones

    Wow! Love the shot of the grooming egret! Didn’t know anything was so flexible!

  2. Roseate Spoonbills! Have not seen those in person…yet…
    Fantastic photos!

  3. TexWisGirl

    love to see the teenage bbws with their brown faces! and the ‘sewing needle’ pose of the great egret is awesome! 🙂

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