Surprisingly, it’s been 2 1/2 years since I’ve been to the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, Florida. Surprising because although it is a longer drive for me, it’s such a wonderful place. Every time I go, I realize again that it’s well worth the time.
Anyway, four of us from the Photography Interest Group woke up very early (me at 4:25 am!) and headed over. Sunrise wasn’t as colorful as some mornings are, but the calm winds made for nice reflections.
Calm morning – Looking west before sunrise
When we had enough light, we all shifted to birding mode and explored. The temperature was just right for walking around. We saw many warblers in the trees and bushes – I think most were Yellow-rumped, but I’m not so good with IDs on smaller birds.
U lookin’ at me? Yellow-rumped Warbler
And the canals were full of wading birds looking for breakfast.
In spots the surface of the water was completely covered with duckweed, but incredibly the birds still managed to grab small minnows.
I saw another egret pounce and come up with a stick, but as I watched it dropped the stick and kept and swallowed the minnow that was also in its beak – amazing skills!
We also saw a good variety of other birds including some less common ones: hawks, Osprey, a Barred Owl, Cardinals, Belted Kingfishers, Sandhill Cranes, Caspian Terns, a Black Crowned Night Heron, an American Bittern, a Carolina Wren, a Sora, a Swamp Sparrow, American Robins, an Eastern Phoebe, and others.
On the way out we parked for a few minutes to meet some famous new arrivals.
Great Horned Owl nest and chicks
It wasn’t hard to find this nest – the tree was roped off, and a volunteer was doing a good job protecting the site and keeping all the photographers in order and back away from the birds! It was nice to see these two little ones, and it was nice that all the people were polite and respected the bird’s space.
You can find more info and photos at these links:
- My main review post on the Circle B.
- The blog’s Circle B category
- My Circle B Bar Flickr folder.
- Kevin M’s photos from the trip
- Kevin K’s photos from this trip
- Frank B’s Flickr stream
- Circle B Bar Group on Flickr
- A list of bird species seen / photographed at the Circle B
The Circle B Bar Reserve is an extraordinary place – one of the many blessings we count here in Florida. If you haven’t been there, go.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now, go make some photos!
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