Birds and Wildlife – Episode 1

Anyone who visits coastal Florida or the lakes and rivers, or the great Everglades wetlands, is sure to see a rich variety of birdlife. Not to forget the American alligator, sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator, a large crocodilian reptile endemic to the southeastern United States.

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Alligator

These are just a few images from around Lake Tohopekaliga today. The weather, warm but a little overcast with ideal light for outdoor detail photography.

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A young Crackle waiting to be fed
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Closeup of an alligator
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Alligator scales and eyes
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Looking out over Lake Toho
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An unusual wading bird
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Anahinga and a Crackle having a bath
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Limpkin modelling for a portrait
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Redwing in full song….tweet-tweet

Packards and a Studebaker

Just out from Brooksville I happened upon a number of the Florida Packard club members and their magnificent classic cars. Most of these vehicles date from between 1929 to 1955. All Packards with the exception of just one Studebaker. They had travelled from all around the State to meet with old friends and attend a private conference.

Packard was a luxury automobile marque built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, United States. The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last Detroit-built Packard in 1956, when they built the Packard Predictor, their last concept car.

Here are a few images of the Packards at Brooksville, click on any image to enlarge.

Travelling North to Weeki Watchee

A few images from today starting at the Sunshine Skyway bridge over Tampa Bay, it surely is an impressive structure considering it supports a 6 lane highway. With a rest stop and fishing pier at either end allowing for the tourist to take in the sights.

Hudson beach just north of Port Richey, a small beach community, west of U.S. Route 19 in Pasco County. Canals crisscross the area with a lot of the residences having canals in their backyards. Beachfront is on the Gulf of Mexico and a favourite place for viewing dolphins and water birds.

Now at our overnight stay just north of Spring Hill at Weeki Watchee the home of the famous underwater mermaid show and Weeki Wachee Preserve and the Springs park .

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Sunshine Skyway from the southern rest area.
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Hudson Beach viewing area’s
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Looking out to the Gulf of Mexico this morning
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Pegleg at Hudson beach
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With extra arms
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A portrait of a tourist!
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Pink Dove at Weeki Watchee
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Can we be friends ?