Alligator Alley and other wildlife

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We found another wildlife location called Sunnyhill Restoration Area. We have visited it twice. The first time we walked along a stretch of the Ocklawaha River and even saw a few motorboats going through. It wasn’t very wide so we were surprised to see the boats coming through. It was open so was quite warm walking.

Lots of sun on this hike
Lots of sun on this hike

 

The second time we visited this area, we took another trail and saw alligators, birds, turtles and deer. The alligators blend in so well it was difficult to spot them at first. Compare the next two pictures and you can see what I mean. Looking at the second picture you can see some of the tree stumps to the right of the alligator and then view the first picture to see where it is.

There are 2 alligators in the middle of this picture.
There are 2 alligators in the middle of this picture.

 

This is the picture zoomed in showing the alligator.
This is the picture zoomed in showing the alligator.

 

Hidden Gator
Hidden Gator

 

This gator was a lot bigger than some of the others and was a little scary as he kept staring at us as we walked by.

I've got my eye on you
I’ve got my eye on you

 

Cormorant looking for lunch
Cormorant looking for lunch

 

We came across these cranes on the side of the road. The camera was in the back of the car so I had to jump out, grab the camera and get these pictures. The cranes were quite willing to let me take their picture.

 

Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes

 

Walking in the grass
Walking in the grass

 

There is a small pond down the street from our house and a pod of pelicans has been hanging around. (Had to do a Google search to find out what a group of pelicans is called.)

 

Pod of Pelicans
Pod of Pelicans

 

Pelican swimming to meet his family
Pelican swimming to meet his family

 

This little guy landed on the wall in our backyard. Thought he was really cute.

Bird visiting us on the lanai
Bird visiting us on the lanai

6 Responses

  1. Paulie Walnuts

    Award worthy photos – every one of them! Wow!

  2. Jane K.

    Great shots. So much wildlife!

  3. Patricia Connell

    Great photos!

  4. Louise

    Looks like the two of you will be in great shape when you get back to Maine. Have fun.

    • clmckeary

      Everything is so flat that maybe our legs will be okay but we won’t be able to do any hills in Maine.

  5. Great photos! Out here in OR pelicans on the coast are gray but look the same otherwise. Love those gators!