Monday, March 21, 2011

Animals at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park



Lulu, the hippo, lives there. I caught her in a big yawn.


Lots of alligators there. It's fun to hear the gasps of little kids who see these animals up close. Especially with those teeth. I think he's looking right at me.


There are two river otters but only the one was swimming around while we were there.


Lots of wild wood ducks live at the park. The male is the beautiful one in the front. The female is in the back with a bored look on her face.



There were several wild great blue herons working on nests high over the alligator enclosure.


These are the permanent residents at the park being fed.

Now that it has warmed up the wild manatees are heading out into other areas. There were very few hanging around inside the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park when we were there a couple of weekends ago. The park opens the gates to let the wild manatees into the warmer water of the river during the severe cold tempatures (severe by Florida standards). When hubby and I were there in mid January the river was full of them. Now there's just a few straglers. Most are heading out into other rivers, the intercoastal waterway and upper Tampa bay. There are lots of other animals at the park and a lot of wildlife that hangs around as well. 

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16 comments:

  1. What a great visit to the Wildlife! I love it! Your photos are marvelous! Hope my son doesn't see the hippo -- with a mouth that big he'll be sure it's me!!! Enjoy your week!

    Sylvia

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  2. Love Lulu's big yawn. My, what a big mouth she has!

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  3. Great photographs Dina.
    Costas

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  4. such beautiful captures. I love Lulu's big yawn:)

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  5. Beautiful pictures and a wonderful post. Animals are always doing something funny.

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  6. Like your set of images very much. Well done.

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  7. Great photos and it sounds like a very interesting place.

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  8. That hippo shot is Wonderful--
    I love your wood ducks the color is so deep and crisp on that male-happy spring!

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  9. A lovely series of images. A nice post.

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  10. Hi Dina. Lovely selection of wildlife. Love the Otter shot with its 'snorkel' pose. Thanks for sharing the Manatees .. it brought back some happy memories from many years ago. Cheers FAB.

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  11. Fantastic pictures! We have been there 3 times, and what a wonderful park.
    I love that Otter shot. We also have lots of Wood ducks on the creek behind our house.
    B.

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  12. That wood duck couple is fantastic and I agree the otter has a ton of personality. When I see your series it really strikes me how varied and wonderful life is on our planet. Good stuff!

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  13. What a great group of photos! Wonderful capture of Lulu!

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  14. Fantastic photos,Dina!Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!

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  15. It looks like Homosassa is a must see in Florida Dina. The Wood Ducks and GBH are wonderful but it's great to see the other animals too. You are lucky to live in a place with so much wildlife to view.

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