Saturday, February 20, 2021

The Northern Parula was the star of the day!

 
It was like a zoo at Blue Run Park this week! It had rained the day before and then the sun came out for a picture perfect day.


And the birds and critters were numerous AND varied!


The Northern Parula was gorgeous with it's brilliant colors.


It never stayed still but we kept clicking away with both cameras! 


We stopped often to see another bird or another critter.

And I don't think we've ever seen so many alligators,


this one on the log looks menacing 


but the little ones are 'kinda' cute.


Tri-color Heron


And this Limpkin was a neat sighting.


It stayed still for photos


then we took a quick pic of a Great White Egret getting ready to take flight.

And the Limpkin said....


you're photo bombing my photo shoot! haha! (straight out of camera)


(Little Blue Heron)



And there's room for one more don't you think?

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’. 


47 comments:

MadSnapper said...

turtles always fascinate me when they are lined up on logs. you hit the jackpot of critters at Blue Run this trip... my favorite today is number 8 of the limpkin with his head highlighted by the sunbeams

The Feminine Energy said...

How beautiful! I worry about those turtles in the path of the alligator but... well... that's the food chain, isn't it. Perfectly made by God so I shouldn't complain. :-) ~Andrea xoxo

Tom said...

...are the alligators frozen down here?

Martha said...

Excellent photos Diane! The last one is probably my favorite. Have to love a turtle pile lol. Have a great weekend :)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Great pictures of some beautiful birds, gators and turtles!

Sandy said...

I am guessing the animals were ready for some sunshine too. The bird was a great find.

Debbie said...

i would have missed the alligator on the log, to me, it was a total blend in. the parula is GORGEOUS, what a great sighting, it's colors are so pretty and it looks to have a "big mouth"!! hehehehe

beautiful big birds, you sure did see a lot of them, i like the close up of the wing!! continue to have fun diane, hoping you get out for a walk today!!

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! What a variety of 'critter' photos ~ love the photo 'bomb' ~ lovely birds and awesome alligators (in photos) ~ Beautiful photography! Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

Living moment by moment,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Marcia said...

Those turtles believe in sharing! Lovely birds I've never seen before.

Penelope Notes said...

So much wonderful wildlife and great weather in your world. Alligators roaming about would dampen my steps a bit though. :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Diane

You have an awesome variety of wildlife seen there and what a great critter post.
Your Northern Parula photos are just beautiful! I like the little gators and all those turtles. The Limpkin was one of my favorite Florida birds, they make some crazy sounds. Wonderful collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, wishing you a happy weekend! PS, thank you for the visit and comment on my blog.

Ella said...

The Northern Parula is very beautiful!
The turtles know what sharing is! Cute!
Enjoy your weekend!

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Wish I could hear,the pretty birdies singing...

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Arlene @Nanaland said...

the northern parole is beautiful. I dont think I have ever seen one before!

NatureFootstep said...

a great day out! Loved to see The Northern Parula- I can´t remember seeing images of this one before. It is sings as fine as he looks it is beautiful birdsone. I am not really a fan of crocks, but the little oens are cute.
Thanks for sharing your day. :)

Marit said...

The litle Aligators are very cute, and I hope they stay that small. I guess they don't.
Enjoy your weekend.

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely variety of critters.
I have to agree the little alligators are 'kinda' cute.

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.

All the best Jan

Bob Bushell said...

Fantastic images, the Limpkins are precious. Diane, they are beautiful.

bill burke said...

The Northern Parula is gorgeous. Turtles are nice to see and the alligator lurks behind the scenes watching everything. A wonderfu variety of critters. Thanks for sharing and before I forget, nice new header, I love it.

Lynn said...

Love the colors in the first few pics! We've been mostly... white... here in Philly. Have a nice weekend:@)

RedPat said...

That Parula is beautiful! You got great pics of it. Love the turtles all lined up too!

jp@A Green Ridge said...

WOW! I'll say it was a picture perfect day with so many gorgeous critters...jp

Lea said...

Great to see all these warm-weather scenes while we are covered in ice and snow!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Jean said...

The Northern Parula is beautiful. I love the shot where it is singing its song. Hope your having a great weekend!

Sandi Magle said...

OH, MY...you really caught some great shots here. I love all the turtles piled up, desperately trying to catch the sun!

Ann said...

That Northern Parula is absolutely gorgeous.. I've never heard of that bird before.

happyone said...

You got some terrific pictures on this hike. I love the turtles best!

Teresa said...

Muy buenos avistamientos. Besos.

Lorrie said...

Wonderful sights on your walk! The parula is a new bird to me, and so pretty and bright. I love herons and egrets with their long legs and necks. Alligators, not so much, but they are interesting. All those turtles lined up on the log make me smile! Happy walking, Diane.

Ricki Treleaven said...

The turtles aren't social distancing....

Linda said...

Beautiful shots! It's nice to see green plants.

Irma said...

What beautiful pictures you took in the zoo.
All zoos, shops and restaurants have been closed here due to the corona pandemic, and this for almost three months.
Many companies go bankrupt in this way.
We still have a lockdaown and a curfew, no one is allowed out after 9 pm.
I wish you a nice Sunday.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Neat bird sightings and photos
The turtles are always smile worthy.

Phil Slade said...

I guess those turtles know what they are doing? Otherwise they may be a little foolish taking a ride on a gator? Those Parulas are one of the prettiest birds of North America and one that unfortunately, I never caught up with on my visits. Have a great week Diane.

Anni said...

What a great outing Diane! I have never seen a Limpkin. Jealous, I am.
Enjoy your week ahead, and thanks for taking time to link in.

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Que fauna maravillosa, y que preciosas fotos sacaste!!

Jenn Jilks said...

It is wonderful to see the birds out and about. I know spring is coming. It gives me some anticipation. Today, -19 this a.m.!

Rain said...

Oh my gosh Diane!!!! What an amazing post! Every bird is gorgeous, I loved seeing the Northern Parula singing away (or eating maybe?) Lovely! That alligator.....shiver.....those tortoises too, lovely. You're blessed to see so many beautiful creatures!! Thanks for sharing! :)

Edna B said...

Oooh, such beautiful photos! Your photo walks bring so much sun and happiness to these old eyes. Those birds are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing, hugs, Edna B.

Jeanie said...

I've never seen one like the parula. He's gorgeous!

Jeanne said...

I'm glad I don't have to worry about alligators while taking photos!

Ranten said...

Lovely pictures of bird end animal! Happy new week!

Himawan Sant said...

You bombed my photo shoot! ha ha! (straight from camera) '...

Your narrative is delightful about the exotic bird Limpkin.
I joined in reading the sentence.

The results of your photos look impressive.
Greetings from Indonesia.


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Nancy Chan said...

A perfect day and the critters love the sun too. Beautiful birds photos.

Aunt Helen said...

I love all your birds! So colorful, and some I do not get to see. It is so nice to see where you have been on your hikes. The log looked like a dog lying down. The eyes and tongue were even there! Do you see it in your imagination?? I do!! Love, Aunt Helen

Red Rose Alley said...

Those turtles are so cute. It looks like a family following one after another hehehe. I like the picture of the White Egret's wing ready to take flight. That's really cool. The Northern Parula is so pretty with such bright yellow feathers. Be careful of those gators please. : )

~Sheri

Carla from The River said...

My favorite.. alligators. :-)
My sister visited Florida for work and she purchased me a pair of alligator socks as a gift. :-)