A morning walk in Ponce De Leon Park, Punta Gorda

This morning dawned nice and cool, perfect for a walk in Ponce De Leon Park.  It wasn’t too early for the fishermen and I found this fellow and his sons casting nets off the beach.  Along the seawall, the Morning Glories (Ipomoea purpurea) were in full bloom.
   
Along the nature path I found the usual Red Mangroves (Rhizophora mangle)and you could see the propagules beginning to sprout after taking root. And, of course the usual plethora of Mangrove Crabs in the trees.
    But my favorite find was this nice Yellow Crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) who sat grooming itself on the boardwalk through the mangroves for 15 minutes or so.  It actually let me get to within about 4 feet of it before hopping down into the mangroves to try and snatch a few of the crabs for breakfast.

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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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