Black-bellied Whistling Duck
I thought that the whistling came from its wings, but research told me they really do have a whistle in their call. And they are more goose- or swan-like than duck-like.
Youngish American Alligator
This smallish alligator floats very still with nostrils and eyes above the surface, looking for something to eat. When it comes time to grab something alligators are very fast.
Three Young Anhingas Waiting for Food
Still fuzzy with down, these three siblings await their parents' (mom or dad; they both incubate and feed their young) return with food.
Three More Young Anhingas Waiting for Food
These three are older than the previous three. Notice the darker backs as they slowly gain their adult plumage.
Florida Softshell Turtle
What the ...? This Florida Softshell turtle is certainly different. With a nose only Jimmy Durante could love, and a flat, pancake-like carapace (upper shell), this is one strange beast.
Here's a close-up so you can get to know him or her better. It's almost a selfie!
Little Blue Heron
This little blue heron takes an elevated perch to look for food.
Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Some birds look so much like others that they are difficult to tell apart. No other bird, at least not in the U.S., is colored like this juvenile. There is no mistaking what this is.
Great Egret with Frog
Terri and I got lucky in that we found a group of wading birds who found a good buffet restaurant. Here a great egret has selected a plump frog.
It takes a bit of finesse to reposition the frog so it goes down the egret's throat head first.
This is a different great egret with a different frog. But this frog's fate will be the same as the last frog's.
Tri-colored Heron with Morsel
While not a frog, this little fish will provide some sustenance to this adult tri-colored heron.
Again? Another egret with another frog. If the egrets keep this up there will be no frogs left for the herons.