Monday, December 5, 2011

Kapok park - the Wilson's snipe is back!

Florida state bird (mockingbird) posing for me.

The Wilson's snipe that's back for the winter was hiding in the mud under some reeds.

Another eastern phoebe.

Red shouldered hawk sitting in the grass. I've never seen one just sitting there like that. I crept up to him and stood behind a tree watching.

He started pounding on something with his foot. He must have been trying to get a bug. He eventually took off but didn't have anything with him.

Small turtle basking in the sun.

I walked over to the Wilson's snipe an hour later to see if it had moved from under the reeds. He was still there and trying to sleep.

An early morning walk around Kapok Park in Clearwater did not produce anything exciting except the Wilson's snipe. This is the only one I've heard of being in the Tampa bay area. He hung out at this park for a short time last winter. I went there to look for the great horned owls. I had read that one had been sighted there recently. For at least 3 springs, the owl couple have had a baby but no luck this last spring. Here is my post from March 2010 - Great horned owl baby. They were sighted there briefly last spring but never did nest. I really hope they come back this year. I did not find the owl on my trip but I'm going to keep looking with my fingers crossed.

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  1. snipes and their other shorebird cousins are always so cool-looking to me! all of your shots are always exciting to me!

  2. Great captures again Dina.
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. OMG I am truly jealous of your photography! Fabulous captures and the detailing is fantastic.

  4. Neat background on the mockingbird shot. My hubby's a turtle lover and he really likes your turtle. :)

  5. Great captures and do hope the owls nest this coming year.

  6. Hi - great shots of the snipe - they are hard enough to find let alone photograph!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

  7. What a great shots!
    I love the hawk... such a beauty ;-))
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna :-))

  8. Hello
    Real nice picture galleries.
    Wishing you a good Tuesday.
    / Hanne Bente

  9. Wonderful images of your lovely wildlife.

  10. A very nice series of birds and the turtle. The Snipe is special!

  11. Beautiful sequence, Dina. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  12. Wonderful bird sand photos. I love the snipe and the hawk shots are awesome.

  13. Great collection for the day. The little Phoebe is just perfect and the Mockingbird as well. And to see the red -shouldered kite stomping ! Well I certainly did not expect such behaviour or the extremely expressive Photo you got of it. Good for you!

  14. Love the hawk shots- I've been known to hide behind a tree from a bird too.

  15. Nice collection Dina, I thought for a second the Red Tail might have been jumping on the turtle! That is why I read. Cheers!

  16. A nice assortment of animal photos you have. I am impressed with the bright yellow dot eyes of the scaups above. Well done.

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