Saturday, March 17, 2018

Critters Two by Two!

It’s amazing to see critters together….as in mating!

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I was all set to take a photo of a Limpkin when another one flew in.

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How embarrassing….look the other way!

And when we got home and looked at our photos of this Alligator….

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low and behold, there were TWO! One on top of the other…oh my…let’s not zoom in on them!

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We see LOTS of turtles and tortoises when we hike at Blue Run Park in Dunnellon.

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Imagine our surprise to see this itsy bitsy baby right on the trail. Another hiker picked it up and let me take photos.

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A pretty pair of wood ducks.

Lots of critters pairing up right now.

It’s Spring!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

29 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Yay for Spring! Amazing timing capturing the Limpkins mating. Cool shots of the gator and turtles. The baby turtle is so cute. Love the wood ducks too, they are beautiful. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing this post. Also, thanks for the nice comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Kathy said...

It seems like love is in the air. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful pictures of the wildlife you see.

Sandra said...

I have photos on my blog of mating raccoons, mating lizards and mating frogs but not one of a limphet or gator.. the photos are beautiful.

Sandy said...

Spring brings mating time. I saw two birds the other day. They befuddled Gus, the Springer.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the turtles and that baby, so cute!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful series of 'critter' shots ~ favorite is that tiny turtle!

Happy Saturday to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Anonymous said...

Diane, it is visiting day for me and I hope to catch up on all the posts that I have missed. Oh my! Love is in the air it seems. I wonder if animals blush? xo

Cranberry Morning said...

Wow, this is like watching an episode of Nature on PBS. LOL Lots going on there. Enjoyed the photos, Diane. Have a great St. Patrick's Day!

laurie said...

yes love is in the air lol!!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

All of Mother's tiny babies rock

Maggie Ann said...

Were those crocs smiling? haha, love must be in the air. Well, not quite spring here yet. Our weatherman was giving the weather forecast last evening and said 'well, here is the March you all know and hate'. Well said I thought.

Jeanie said...

I always know I'll find beautiful things here on a Saturday. Well, OK -- the crock, not so beautiful but fascinating and a wonderful shot.

Terri D said...

Mother Nature and spring bringing forth new life everywhere you look!

happyone said...

Oh wow what a tiny little turtle.

A Colorful World said...

Ahhhh...spring! :-)

Betty Crow said...

Yes, it sure is spring! :) This is one fun post!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Diane!:) Great shots of these mating pairs, and tiny turtle. Lucky you, being in the right place at the right time.:)I especially liked your Limpkins captures, and seeing the Wood Ducks. It's still raining none stop here, and no sign of Spring yet.:(

Phil Slade said...

Ha, ha. Even Alligators have to get it together sometime Diane. A lovely little turtle starting out on life - magic.

Mary Cromer said...

Sadly that little turtle will probably be a wild one's meal, as not many of the little hatch lings make it to their first year, even their first five. I have two and I am not happy to know too late in life that once your raise them from that tiny, they can never be released. Oh Sigh. I hope that you have a wonderful week, dear one~

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Squee to the baby turtle...I've never seen one in the wild before.

Andrea

Lowcarb team member said...

Spring is in the air!
Love that little baby turtle, so cute!

All the best Jan

Angie said...

This post reminds me of the Bambi movie, in which the spring-time animals were 'twitterpated'. So cute!

Decor To Adore said...

Spring news and nature making sure of the new life to come. Blushing and smiling!

Vee said...

Love is in the air...

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Yes spring is dating season in the animal kingdom, lol! So funny that you got so many pictures of the dating scene! Pretty pair of wood ducks together too! Enjoyed your spring adventures today :)

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Preciosas fotografías de la naturaleza!!

Zaa said...

OMG ..Look at all those darling little turtles... I remember one big one crossing the highway in Orlando and it hung up the traffic for hours ha Ha). It’s such a joy to see the birds on the ponds ..but beware those hungry alligators... All is so beautiful... I’m enjoying your SPRING pictures.... xoxoxox

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Spring is in the air everywhere! (It never seems quite like spring to me here in Florida -- but the critters know!). One time a ranger at the Everglades in Shark Valley showed us a video of alligator courtship that he and his wife had taken. The male was very gentle, bringing his 'love' sticks and other gifts for her nest -- it was very surprising t me.

Red Rose Alley said...

The Limpkin is a funny looking fellow with that long beak, but kind of cute. And that baby turtle is so precious. : )

~Sheri