We started at the campground (lower left), walked along Lake Myakka to the Bird-walk (upper right) and then back the same route to the campground.
Very few people enjoy the sunrise as much as we do. Seeing all the wildlife early in the morning is really special for us. By 9AM, Nancy had already snapped well over a hundred pictures. Buzzards, deer, song birds, all types of wading birds and a few feral pigs made for quite an interesting morning.
(Be sure to click on any photo to enlarge it,)
Past the Vultures’ roosting tree.
As we walked along the lake,
Yes, the morning was waking up!!
This little blue bird (not sure what it is)
It took us a while to make our way out the bird-walk
as there was so much to see in every direction!!
When we finally reach the end of the bird-walk,
There were birds everywhere and
if you look across the lake in the center,
you can see two feral pigs.
(Sorry, Nancy did not have her zoom lens)
The pigs are not native and really do
a lot of damage to the landscape.
I really love the green blanket made by the Saw Palmettos!!
Nice view across the lake and more Sandhill Cranes
All this took place before breakfast!!
After breakfast, we hopped on our bikes and rode to the visitor’s center where we watched five short films about Myakka State Park. Myakka SP is the largest of all the state parks in Florida.
It’s about a 5.5 miles round-trip
from the campground (upper right)
(Remember to click on any photo to enlarge!!)
We didn’t stop on the way to the visitor’s center.
However, we took our time riding back
checked things out along the way.
First stop was the bridge crossing the Myakka River.
We rode passed several nature trails, but we will check them out on another day. Right now we were getting hungry and heading back to the campground.
Much of Myakka State Park is grassy plains.
After lunch, we took a break. Just sat outside and enjoyed our campsite and the beautiful surroundings. Later in the afternoon, it began to cloud up. Before the rain came, we walked over to the marina and outpost which is just behind the campground.
It is only about 1/2 mile
from the campground (lower right) to
Moss covered Live Oak Trees which fill
Original (smaller) Outpost
The newer/larger Outpost.
It is a large gift shop and restaurant.
You do get good/free WIFI here ;o))
There are many day visitors to this state park
so they provide large parking areas.
Just a shame it had to be right along the lake;o(
The rain clouds were rolling in so
See the Vultures gathering in the trees!!!
We reached the Weir just as the rain started.
However, there was so much wildlife just below the dam
that we decided a light rain would not deter us;o))
Great Egret caught his dinner!!
Flips his dinner into position!!
Down the hatch --- All Gone!!
Nature is AMAZING!!!
The area below the Weir was obviously
a favorite fishing ground for all the birds.
As we were leaving, Nancy stopped
to take a photo of this sign about alligators.
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Just as we turned to leave,
we got to see something you rarely see….
an Alligator moving on land!!
the birds never flinched…
He climbed out of sight and then…
in just a couple minutes,
he headed back towards the water!!
Guess he wasn’t hungry or Vultures don’t taste good!?!?
YES, Nature is AMAZING!!!