After getting settled in today, we decided to head over to the Oasis Center, just a couple of miles from the Midway Campground. We love the Oasis Center because of how close you can get to the gators from up above at a safe distance on the boardwalk overlooking the canal. The gators were out in full force---LOTS of them! BIG ones!
The cormorants and anhingas were catching fish and eating them....Always interesting to see how they maneuver the fish into their mouths. This one below appears to have had quite the struggle to get the fish. He worked it and worked it to get it in the right position for eating, then finally dragged it around in the pebbly sandy boulder he was sitting on, almost like he was breading the fish!
|All coated with debris, NOW he eats it!|
This year, we visited in December....no spoonbills. Back again today, the last day of February, and there they were, but much farther away.....didn't get a decent photo today, but at least we have our photos from last year, up closer and more personal. Here's how far they were from us this year....Sparky needs a 400 zoom lens....(uh-oh....dream on, woman...You know how much those things cost????) Yeah....sigh!
We saw blue herons today, lots of them at the refuge, lots of egrets, ibis, a couple of alligators and a mother turtle and her little one....We saw some cool butterflies......