Saturday, December 15, 2018

Blue Run Park of Dunnellon Hike #70

We spent about 2 hours at Blue Run Park and saw SO much!


(taken from the bridge)

It’s hard to pack it all into one post, but I’m going to try.

One of the neatest things we saw on the hike was a Sundog…


in a big arc! It was amazing!

And we’ve been watching a family of Moorhens so it was nice to see the babies are still staying with Mama and Papa!


They are big but not ready to be on their own.


We saw a flock of Seagulls fly over which is rare for this part of Florida.


(a pic of one Seagull on his own!)

And now some of the rest!




Little Blue Heron


Great White Egret




And when we were leaving we saw this ‘grand daddy’ of all Great Blue Herons!


Oh my he was quite grand!


We also stopped to talk to a man we see there often and his cute little dog, Rascal!


Quite a day to be out in nature!


All of these are ‘straight out of the camera’ from my Canon SX50 and my hubby’s Nikon P900. Not working on the photos saves some time! And we’ve got places to go and trails to hike!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.


eileeninmd said...

Hello, another great hike. Pretty capture of the sundog. The Moorhen chick is cute. I always enjoy seeing the heron and egrets. Great capture of the Kingfisher. Cute puppy dog. Great series of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

I always enjoy the birds but today that pretty blue sky just touched my heart Diane. It has been so dreary here! I love seeing a pretty blue sky and the sky reflected in the water.

Sandy said...

Such great pictures. I love all of the wildlife you have captured and the sun dog.

Sandra said...

well of course my first comment is about adorable rascal.. so sweet and the birds are beautiful. I have never seen a kingfisher.. that sundog was a great find

Debbie said...

WoW!! you saw some really amazing wildlife!! i am partial to the big birds, like the herons and egrets!! great snap of the kingfisher too, i think i have mentioned that i have never seen one!!

i would love to see the water lily once it opens!!

Anu said...

Hello. Wonderful serie of birds. Great photos. Thank you.

Lea said...

Wonderful! Beautiful!
Great Blue Herons are my favorite birds - love your photos of them!
And what a good photo of the Kingfisher!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

We have had so much rain but I think the sun might peek out soon!

Kate said...

Awesome photos - thank you! It's interesting to see birds that we see in the summer here in Manitoba (Canada). Keep hiking - I'm enjoying it. ^^

Vee said...

It is so beautiful there. You take great pictures and so much variety!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

♥ ♥ ♥

I sooo need to get out

Out on the prairie said...

amzing finds, I envy the beauty

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Great pictures as always.

Terri D said...

I so look forward to your hikes and wonderful photos!! Thanks for taking us along and sharing the beauty!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Beautiful birds photos.
Coffee is on

Kathy said...

These pictures are amazing! I can't imagine going on a hike and seeing so much wildlife.

happyone said...

Wow you sure got some wonderful pictures. That heron is fantastic!!
What a great hike!!

Rose said...

Wow, what a great day you had! I could use a day half so good!

BeachGypsy said...

Howdy girlfriend, I love these pictures! What a beautiful day to be out and walking and seeing all the pretty scenes! I love any water scenes and my favorite picture here is the white egret, he has so much sass, kind of strutting there! ha ha LOL Have you been back by to see the baby alligators? We've been watching Christmas movies on Netflix, have you seen any good ones?

Phil Slade said...

Hi Diane. You do have some great trails near your home. Always something to see and to photograph. I would have loved to met Rascal. He certainly looks a little mischievous.

Anni said...

Oh my oh exceptional outing. Extraordinary birds sighted. And beautiful, beautiful country hiking. i so enjoyed going along with you two...and meeting Rascal.

G'day my fellow birder!! I'm here, as always, to send along my sincere thank you for sharing this post with us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week!

Sam I Am...... said...

The grand daddy heron is beautiful! I'm starting to get familiar with your Florida wildlife!

Hootin' Anni said... your comment to me today..."it would be tempting to go to Target! I love that store."

Ahhh, don't tell anyone, but I go there for the popcorn! Oops, guess my secret's 'out if the bag'!! 

carol l mckenna said...

What a place, what a day and what wonderful photos of our feathered friends and furry friend ~ ^_^

bill burke said...

What a fantastic hike you had and seeing all the wildlife surely makes a great day. Love those birds and the wee dog Rascal. He is a cutie. Thanks for sharing you wonderful hike and photos with us. Have a great new week.

Ann said...

Wow, you did see a lot. That's a great place for a hike

Lorrie said...

You saw so many wonderful birds on your hike! What a great day. Your photos are great - how fun that you and your husband both take them.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I want to hike there! What wonderful pictures. Guess it would be a little more than a day hike for me, but I am still adding it to my 'someday in Florida' list.

Jeanie said...

The spreading wings on that anhinga were glorious. Wonderful shots, Diane.

Lowcarb team member said...

What a super day you had seeing so many wonderful birds.
I did enjoy seeing all of your photographs and also thought the reflection in your first picture was quite beautiful.

All the best Jan


Preciosas fotografías, FELIZ NAVIDAD!!!

Jeannie said...

I am assuming Rascal is quite the character. With a name like that, he must have earned it.