Friday, February 21, 2014

Glen Oaks Park

We visited Glen Oaks Park, a wildlife refuge in Clearwater, Florida and found a number of birds and wildlife of interest.
This pond with water lilies and surrounded by tall grasses appeared to be a turtle haven where many could be seen sunning themselves on top of foliage, branches and even each other.
Cormorants and seagulls found the warmth of the sun gratifying as they lazed about on the wooden handrails of walkways by the water.  A swamp hen scuttled about the grasses along the side of the pond for food.  
A couple of blue herons were poking around in the water and weeds and the next thing I knew, this one had a frog hanging from his beak.
A black head slicing through the water climbed out on land to stretch out on the grass.  The otter noticed me with my camera and sat up for a better look.  Before long, it slid back into the water to continue diving for fish.
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52 comments:

  1. Oh lucky you- a day in the sun watching some wildlife! Love that dangling frog...

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  2. These are beautiful. So glad you shared them.

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  3. Hi Judith, I would love to just sit and enjoy the inhabitants of that pond. Full of surprises and wonder. Im not so pleased with the Heron eating the frog though. But I guess it's the way of life. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. Hi Judith, I would love to just sit and enjoy the inhabitants of that pond. Full of surprises and wonder. Im not so pleased with the Heron eating the frog though. But I guess it's the way of life. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Clearwater is a beautiful area in FL and it showed it's beauty to you for sure,....:)JP

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  6. Lovely day observing wildlife and enjoying nice weather.

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  7. what an awesome bunch! turtles always make me smile. i'd love to see a little blue heron in person. and that's a swamp hen, i believe. :)

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  8. That was a great place to visit - Love that Gull and Cormorant sharing a perch. Also, that colorful duck looks almost like a Moorhen.

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  9. Sometimes I get confused, Judith. For a minute, I thought I was at Diane's at Lavender Dreams. I hope that you have weeks and weeks to spend in Florida getting you past mud season up north.

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  10. I sometimes do the same as Vee--you both have Lavender in your names, and right now you are both in warm weather! How nice of the otter to pose for you!

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  11. What lovely photos of wintertime - amazing really. I have many friends in that area and lived there very briefly myself in the 70's.

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  12. Love the otter and all your photos are so serene and creative ~ thanks, Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

    artmusedog and carol
    www.acreativeharbor.com

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  13. Glen Oaks looks like a wonderful wildlife park. So many interesting critters. Love that the otters came out to say HI! Happy Critter Day!

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  14. It looks like another beautiful day in Florida. Otters seem like such playful creatures.

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  15. What a great variety! The Little blue heron is one of my favorite and cool sighting of the Swamphen.. I love seeing the turtles out sunning themselves. Great photos. Thank you for linking up to my Saturday's Critter party. Have a happy weekend!

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  16. Very nice pictures, Judith. Hope you enjoy the remainder of the weekend. Mildred

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  17. PS -Thank you for linking to Sunlit Sunday, Judith. Somehow your sunshine seems a little different than the kind that was here for part of the day.

    -Karen

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  18. Beautiful animals, beautiful photos. Love the picture of the heron with the frog, Judith. Thanks for sharing these today.
    Hugs, Beth

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  19. Judith...the photos are wonderful. What an obliging little otter...very photogenic! Enjoy your sunny days!

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  20. Wonderful photos from the park Judith!
    Oh I love the otter - they are such a comical animal and always so very busy.
    I've only ever seen them in the zoo.
    How lovely for you to have a break in Florida - away from the snow!

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  21. How nice! I absolutely love this series of photos! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  22. Judith, my daughter will be jealous when I show her your post. Her favorite animals are otters.

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  23. Your park visit looks not only sunny but warm. How wonderful!

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  24. It looks sunny and warm and that otter is so darn cute! :)

    Deb from Homespun and FLB

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  25. Little Blue Herons are a favorite of mine!!!

    Loved all your shares!!!

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  26. Those are great photos Judith. You really are catching some wonderful shots.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  27. What a beautiful area to get these great shots in!

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  28. Beautiful images, Judith, and what lovely light, so clear and bright. Your visit was quite entertaining, I see, for both you and your subjects!

    Happy travels!

    Poppy

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  29. brilliant shots!! I love the heron with the frog

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  30. Oh what a nice place to visit- especially at this time of year. Love the shot with the frog on the Heron's beak!

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  31. An otter, turtle, and seabirds - what fun!

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  32. I envy your wildlife photos instead of 5ft piles of snow. Valerie

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  33. Looks like you are have a wonderful time Judith. We are slowly melting here, with the warmer temperatures. Cold forecast for the rest of the week. Have a great week. Jen

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  34. great shots in the park. I just love the Otters.
    ~Clara

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  35. Beautiful and scenic park. Good to see so many birds.

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  36. Beautiful photos, Judith. How lovely to see the sun and clear light. Catching the heron with the frog is quite something.

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  37. Hi Judith,
    Lovely shots. I remember waking one morning and walking out to the great room and finding a blue heron in our pond fishing. I startled him and he me and I was amazed at how wide the wing span is... after all I was 5 feet away from him.

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  38. Boy, that looks like an interesting place.

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  39. Love that otter. So nice of him to sit up and pose.

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  40. love the pictures! Very colorful! So glad you shared!

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  41. Glen Oaks Park is such a peaceful place.
    It looks like a perfect habitat for those animals! I enjoy the park with you in my living room!!!Thank you for sharing,Judith.

    Enjoy your day!

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  42. Gorgeous captures Judith -- loved the otter posing for you. :)

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  43. Judith, this looks like such a fun place to visit. Water fowl are so pretty and interesting to observe. I've seen some herons around in N.C., but I'm never able to capture a photo of them. Yours are great!

    We have some photos of otters that we took at the N.C. Zoo a few years ago; they're so charming and playful. Little showoffs. :) I LOVE turtles. We usually see some when we go to the beach house in summer.

    Thanks for sharing, Judith; it looks like you've had a wonderful time in Florida!

    Warm hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  44. Happy birthday! I love a good mystery, and for that matter, a nice lunch out. Love the artwork that your new app. created.

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  45. What a super place to visit while in Florida!

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  46. Your photos are truly postcard perfect, and I love that the otter even posed for you!

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  47. I like watching those turtles! Lovely and fun mosaic!

    Rainey @ The Project Table

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  48. Love the turtles and otters and yet the Cormorant...they always intrigue me...I think they look like statues when they are perched, just beautiful Happy week Judith~

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  49. Wonderful photos! It looks like a wonderful place to visit and enjoy nature.

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