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5 months ago

Ok that whole Gasparilla thing was pretty cool... but it's time to get back to the bush

Hiking - Terra Ceia Preserve State Park - Drive in and "bird pond"

Date: Jan 29th  

Temp: 65F Cloudy  Arrival: 2pm

Landscapes: Amazing tree mix along waterways, Mangrove forests, Marshes

Animals seen: Tropical birds, Soaring Eagles, Wild pigs, Gator, Armadillo, Cool butterfies...

As you Drive in you see a Boat launch area to your right.  Here you can pull in a take a short loop trail which takes you to some mangrove forests.  Nice mix of large Palm trees nestled among Floridas other trees.

Along this road to your left you will find gates in which you can just pull over and hike from there.  They are the entrances. When you first leave the boat launch you will see a pond on your left.. stop before you get there and get out and creep up on this place.

Have your camera ready...

You will immediately see a giant mix of Tropical birds Prancing, Posing, and showing off.. Then of course when your too close to the ones that seem to hang out right by the road.. they fly off and you can get some good flight video..

I went on to hike 2 of the trails but visited this spot 3 times.. a highlight was several giant Blue herons which flew by and landed in a tree.  on another occasion some bird by Road the was doing some what I would call a crazy kinda mating dance... or he was just rocking out ..lol

Great place...

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