Posted on March 27, 2019
This year we cut our stay short at Myakka River SP so we could check out Little Manatee River SP a new park for us. It looked good on paper with a number of hiking trails, the Little Manatee River, and it was close to points of interest along the gulf coast near Tampa.
The park was a bit of a disappointment for us largely due to the fact that many of the hiking trails were flooded and even our campsite was also flooded for several days the result of heavy rain just after our arrival. The river through the park was pretty but we didn’t bother paddling it as it’s often narrow width and rain induced high flow would have made nature photography difficult if not impossible. Many of the hiking trails are also designated as equestrian with fairly heavy use and as a result were pretty torn up and muddy in spots. Despite the challenges we did find trails to explore and things to see even if we did arrive back at camp with wet hiking boots.
A nice break not far for Little Manatee River SP was Fort Desoto Park. If you enjoy walking the beach, collecting shells, or observing birds it’s a great place to spend a few hours.
For us the big attraction were we to return to this park would be it’s close proximity to the ocean. Other parks in this part of Florida offer more hiking and more biodiversity within the park itself. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Florida, Little Manatee River State Park Tagged: Armadillo, Beggar's Needle, Catbird, Dunlin, Flowering Blackberry, Least Terns, Leavenworth's Tickseed, Lipstick Lichen, Mockingbird, Moonflower, Pileated Woodpecker, Pink Wood Sorrel, Reindeer Lichen, Roseate Skimmer, Spider Lily, Willet, Wilson's Plover, Zebra Heliconian, Zebra Swallowtail
Posted on February 24, 2015
Recently we took a road trip to the American southwest, visiting places such as Tucson, Arizona, Big Bend National Park in Texas, and Goose Island State Park near Corpus Christi, also in Texas. This post is about things seen at Goose Island State Park and the adjacent Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
Given the amount of hiking we thought we’d be doing all pictures were shot with either a Panasonic FZ200 or a Canon SX40. While the additional reach of the Canon would seem to be an advantage, in real life shooting the FZ200 more consistently produced sharper more usable images even when digitally enlarged to compensate for the shorter zoom.
We highly recommend the Goose Island State Park area if you enjoy birding and nature. The diversity of birds, even during non-migration periods, is wonderful. Also, we had the opportunity to run into old acquaintances as will as to make a number of new friends as we pursued our passion for nature. Good stuff!
Below are pics of just some of the things seen. Hope you enjoy glancing through them.
Below are some shots of the Wooping Cranes which have been brought back from the point of extinction. However, challenges remain. The recent dry years in Texas have caused increased salinity levels in the bays along the Gulf Coast which has resulted in a decrease in the Blue Crab one of their main food sources.
At low tide, extensive mud flats are a great place to see shorebirds.
We saw a number of Killdeer, a common bird adjacent to the farm fields of Ohio.
Kestrals were very numerous along the roads in the area. Looking for insects and small rodents.
A very small beautiful dove common to southern Texas.
A typical area to look for shore birds.
Thanks for looking in.
Category: Aransas Natl Wildlife Refuge, Central Ohio Nature, Goose Island State Park Tagged: Balack-crested Titmouse, Black-bellied Plover, Brown Pelican, Canon SX40, Carolina Wren, Chipping Sparrow, Common Loon, Crested Caracara, Dunlin, Eurasian Collared Dove, Great Egret, Harris's Sparrow, Inca Dove, Kestral, Killdeer, Ladder-backed woodpecker, Lincoln Sparrow, Northern Pintail, Panasonic FZ200, Roseate Spoonbill, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderlings, Sandhill Crane, Savannah Sparrow, Snowy Egret, White Pelican, Willets, Wooping Crane
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