Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Blue Run Park Hike!

The weather has been perfect for hiking since we got back to Florida. It’s a busy time so we’ve just managed once a week but it’s been great.

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Blue Run trail runs along the Rainbow River so you have a chance to see lots of birds and buggers.

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Buggers? Well, this ring neck snake would be a ‘bugger’ in my book! haha! But my hubby thinks it’s beautiful. And it was the smallest snake I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen nightcrawlers bigger than this!

The White Ibis is always fun to see!

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I was pleased with this photo. You can see the water streaming off his bill.

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There were a pair and they stayed close together.

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A couple of fishin’ buddies!

And doesn’t he seem to be saying,

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Can I have some privacy, please?

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We watched a Downy Woodpecker in a tree, too.

A perfect day to get out and enjoy nature!

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I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

31 comments:

Arlene Grimm said...

You are surrounded by the most beautiful creatures Diane. You can keep that little snake...I do not care how small they are, I am not a fan.:)

Susie said...

Diane, That little snake is so odd. I do love seeing your nature photos. The ibis are wonderful. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Cloudia said...

Yes! You read their minds :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Lovely photos. And I'm sure Lewey DID need a little privacy.

handmade by amalia said...

That White Ibis is something else. Gorgeous
Amalia
xo

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Lucky you can enjoy the outdoors so much where you live. Great photos as always!

Devilish Angel said...

Nice photos...

carol l mckenna said...

such beautiful and devoted ibis ~ gorgeous photos ~ love the ones with both their heads in the water and the other with the ripples around them ~ Lovely!

Wishing you a fun weekend ~ ^_^

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I am so drawn to Ibis...I remember reading the story of the Scarlet Ibis in a literature class. But that was a sad tale and yours is not!
Hugs sweet friend,
Jemma

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the weather has been great lately. The ring neck snake is a cool sighting. I love your birds. I've been seeing a lot of White Ibis lately. Great shots. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Happyone said...

You got some great pictures on your walk.
That is a little snake. He's kind of cute.

edenhills said...

Beautiful birds. I think the snake is adorable too!

Tom said...

What a great opportunity to see so many wonderful birds.

Victoria said...

Beautiful photos! I'm probably in the minority here, but I think that little snake is adorable.

Linda Walker said...

Hello Diane,
Nice photos....the ibis photos are great, I think they both ducked under water to avoid the camera, lol! I am not fond of snakes but that little guy is tiny and well, sort of cute! I do envy your weather! Its been very drab, gray and in 40's. tomorrow is supposed to be colder....I saw snow flurries today too! :( Have a nice Sunday!
xo
Linda

Red Rose Alley said...

The White Ibis' are so pretty, Diane. I like the picture of them with their heads under water haha. That little snake is unusual. Have never seen one that small. Yikes, your husband got so close to him, he's brave! :)

love, ~Sheri

Gina said...

Diane, I thought it was just a fat earthworm. I think one of those lovely birds would enjoy having him for dinner!

I've been out of sorts but am posting again. xo

Anni said...

I had plans of going out birding yesterday, but oh did we have a cold front move in...and WET!! Stayed home and did laundry instead. Bah!!

LOVE the profile close up on the white ibis! That image is phenomenal. And your 'hubby' can think it's cute all he wants...I'm outta there! I hate snakes.

Great collection of photos today Diane.


Have a blessed week ahead, and thanks for sharing your link at I'd Rather B Birdin'!

Mosura said...

Beautiful wee snake.

BeachGypsy said...

howdy my friend! Looks like a great hike and you got some nice pictures! I love the first picture of the flowers! What are those, do you know? that snake IS TINY isn't it? Looks like a worm, ha ha Hope you're having a great weekend........goodness gracious ours has been busy and tomorrow will be busy too. But I do like to stay busy.Think we may get some rain tomorrow.

Vee said...

Beautiful birds and your pictures of water and birds are fantastic. The snake? Poor thing isn't quite as attractive, even wearing a necklace.

Phil Slade said...

That is one tiny snake. I'm wondering if that is a baby one or the full size? I also like snakes, probably because here in northern England they are very uncommon.

Karen Ann said...

Nice pics, and I really like your new header. You've got some great hiking areas..

Susan said...

What a great way to experience wildlife. I love to hike too, XOXO

Lois said...

Beautiful pictures and yes, the weather has been wonderful! We need a little more rain though. It's always something!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Loved the pictures and I am getting so excited to see those Ibis "in person' soon... YAY!

Jodi said...

Ring-necked Snakes are so amazing! They are very tiny, I think they don't get much bigger than 8-12 inches or so. I had the pleasure of taking care of a few while I worked at a Nature Center years ago. When I'd take one out to show visitors (don't worry, they're so small even if they tried to bite they couldn't get through my skin) they would curl themselves around my fingers to absorb my warmth. It was like they were cuddling me! So cute. I think they're still my favorite kind of snake, and I like a lot of snakes.

Thanks for your post.

riitta k said...

The White Ibis is stunning - it sure has an impressive & long bill :) Enjoy your day!

NatureFootstep said...

I like snakes and this little one is cute. Hopefully not toxic though :) Love your birds of course :)

Debbie said...

awww the ibis, what a treat for me as we don't see them here at the jersey shore!!!!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

More wonderful critters - you have the greatest birds there - and what a fabulous shot of the Ibis with water dripping off the bill - great capture. Have a grand week ahead my dear.