Saturday, May 16, 2015

Powell Creek Preserves

I finally had the opportunity to return to Powell Creek Preserves and as soon as I got there I wondered what took me so long!
This preserve is a small quiet spot to observe nature, I visited a year ago and the experience was great and different.
This time around I was blessed with a Wood Duck family.

Meet the Papa Wood Duck,

the Mama Wood Duck and

the baby Wood Duck (actually one of the sibling).

The trail is calling, let's go!

Close to 50 Wood Storks were greeting us and
showing us the way.

This one just watched as we went by.

Around the corner - a pair of Red-bellied Woodpecker were sealing the deal of a new family.

And then, what do you know! You can take a girl away from the beach but you can't take the turtles out of her....check out this turtle and the track that it leaves behind.

This is serious business.

More Wood Storks and

a freshly cleaned Red-bellied Woodpecker.

At the turn around point, more marshes and more birds!

A Wood Stork in flight gear.

A Killdeer - quite lovely in the morning sun.

Nature sure provides for beautiful colors.

Oh! Looks like more ducklings!

Mama Mottled Duck seemingly sleeping on the job - hey, it's hard to keep up with 8 ducklings!

A Great Egret - one of many.

Another fine pair of Mottled Ducks.

Great Egrets resting with full bellies.

We had such a great time that we decided to check the Wood Ducks one more time.

Sweet! The whole family is here.

Another male Wood Duck was spotted along the shoreline taking a dry break.

The Papa Wood Duck on the other hand was heard whistling while raising his crest.

Then the crest went down.

I would highly recommend a visit to this quaint little would be a good time, don't delay like I did.
My E-Bird List for today.

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