inicio mail me! sindicaci;ón

Wildlife in St Andrews

St Andrews State Park has been unexpectedly full of interesting creatures to see, and I’m not talking about the other campers. Across the way from our campsite a pair of baby Great Horned Owls fell from their nest high in a pine tree, and (since their mother was unable to retrieve them) they have been relocated to a box a bit lower down in a pine tree where everyone can see them.

st-andrews-baby-owls.jpg

They spend most of their day sleeping, as nocturnal birds should, but like good babies they wake up randomly to take a look around. They are growing rapidly, according to campers who have been here for a week or more.

st-andrews-great-horned-owl.jpg

Mother Owl keeps an eye on them from her perch far above. This photo is a crop of a 200mm zoom shot without a tripod, hence some blurriness. She’s never far away from the nest, and occasionally the presumed father has been spotted around the campground too. We never saw that Great Horned Owl in Tucson but at least we are finally seeing one here. It’s fun to walk out of the trailer during the work day to go watch the fluffy owl babies snoozing in their nest.

As expected, I did spend the day at work, but for an hour in the afternoon I broke away with Adam for a bicycle ride, and during that we spotted this fellow, a Florida softshell turtle. He/she was talking a stroll across the road but was apparently struck by indecision midway through. Note the unusual pointed snout on this distinctive Florida species.

st-andrews-turtle.jpg

Apparently these turtles can be rather aggressive, but a state park worker soon came by and lifted the large turtle with bare hands, and carried him off to the side of the road. The turtle didn’t smile about it, but he satisfied himself with a half-hearted nip at the worker and thereafter tolerated the ride.

This evening around sunset I plan to take the tripod over to “Gator Lake” and see if I can spot some alligators. It’s a long shot but a worthy photographic exercise. Even if I get nothing I’ll still get a photography lesson out of it.

By the way, Emma’s big gift last night was a Fluke pineapple ukulele. She also snagged several books, including two about dragons and a magic wand-maker’s kit. That cheap tourist uke I had handed down to her sounded just awful, so I’m hoping this better one will further encourage her learning. I just have to resist the temptation to monopolize it, because it sounds so good.

Tomorrow we are heading out to Manatee Springs State Park, halfway around the bend of Florida. There is no cellular or Internet service there, so it’s likely I won’t be able to update the blog until Friday.

One Response to “Wildlife in St Andrews”

  1. leigh + brian Says:

    Happy birthday Emma! (awesome owls!)

  2. are coconut oil Says:

    As the admin of this web site is working, no hesitation very
    quickly it will be well-known, due to its quality contents.

  3. quest bars cheap coupon twitter Says:

    Hi there everybody, here every person is sharing these kinds of knowledge, therefore it’s good to read this weblog, and I used to pay a visit this webpage every day.

  4. ps4 games Says:

    You have made some decent points there. I checked on the internet
    for additional information about the issue and found most individuals
    will go along with your views on this website.

  5. ps4 games Says:

    Do you have any video of that? I’d like to find out some additional information.

  6. how to get help in windows 10 Says:

    hi!,I love your writing very much! proportion we be in contact extra about your article on AOL?
    I need an expert in this area to unravel my problem.
    Maybe that is you! Looking ahead to look you.

  7. plenty of fish vs match.com free trial Says:

    Greetings, I believe your web site could be having
    browser compatibility problems. Whenever I take a look at your
    blog in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in I.E.,
    it’s got some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with
    a quick heads up! Aside from that, fantastic site!

  8. tinyurl.com Says:

    This post offers clear idea in support of the new people of blogging, that
    genuinely how to do blogging and site-building.

Leave a Reply