Sunday, June 14, 2015

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park


I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday  and NC Sue's Wordless. They are both fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts.

I am sharing some images and mosaics from our visit to the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park located in Homosassa on Florida Gulf Coast. This park showcases Florida's native animals and some birds that were rescued and rehabilitated. It is sometimes called an assisted living facility or a haven for animals in need.



I took so many photos at this park I could not possibly show them all. I am picking a few favorites.  Above is the Owl mosaic with the Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl on the top row and the bottom row has the Barn Owls and a Burrowing Owl.


The Barn Owl is one beautiful owl. I would love to see one in the wild.


Above the Bald Eagle mosaic.


A larger image of the Bald Eagles.

Top row has the Fulvous Whistling Duck, Black bellied Whistling Duck and the bottom row has another Fulvous Whistling Duck and the male Wood Duck.


A larger image of the Fulvous Whistling Duck they are found in Central and South America and the southern USA. If you are ever in the area I would highly suggesting visiting this park. The birds are just awesome and I believe Manatees  can be seen in the winter months. Thank you for visiting and for all the nice comments.. Have a great day and week ahead!

I use Pic Monkey to create my mosaics, you can use Pic Monkey free or pay for an upgraded version.
I hope you can join in on our fun with Mosaic Monday  and Our World Tuesday and NC Sue's Wordless.

 Thanks to Judith our host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer and to Sue for Wordless Wednesday on Tuesdays.  


107 comments:

Mildred said...

Hi Eileen, I love all the favorite photos you shared from your visit, but the barn owl is my favorite. Incredible detail!

Lynne said...

Always . . . ALWAYS . . . great photos . . .
I like the male Wood Duck on the log with two turtles . . .

TexWisGirl said...

the raptors are just so wonderful. :)

TexWisGirl said...

and i'd like to see a fulvous some day. :)

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, Wow, those are some fascinating photos. Love those eagles! Have a great day.

Sandra said...

the barn owls look almost futuristic. beautiful, all of these birds and i love the assisted living for wildlife... we have those here to.

Jeannie Marie said...

A friend and I visited just a few days ago. I live very close to the park and my friend is here vacationing from Ohio. I always take my visitors here as the park is just wonderful. Your photographs are really well done.

Irma said...

Hello Eileen,
Beautiful collages, i love the last photo.
The barn owl and the bald eagle are fantastic.
Best regards, Irma

Karen S. said...

Goodness, what a burst of live action nature shots. Incredible, the owls have it my eyes!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
What a wonderful array!!! Nothing beats seeing them in the wild... but to have a facility of this nature also is a blessing... YAM xx

Debbie said...

the bald eagles, WoW...my heart skipped a beat, they are just magnificent!!

beautiful ducks as well!!!!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fabulous photos of the different owls, the eagle and the ducks. Great !
Best regards, Synnöve

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful shots of the raptors and the ducks.

Stephanie said...

Wow, fantastic shots of these many kinds of birds especially the eagles and owl.

Linda W. said...

Wonderful photos! I'm glad there are places that take care of injured birds.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Eileen - they are all great photo's but my favourites are the owl and ducks.

All the best Jan

Laura. M said...

Fantastic photos. I love the first two !!
Good Sunday.
Besos.

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos !

EG CameraGirl said...

What a fabulous way to see all the "exotic" birds!

Rose said...

I can only begin to imagine the number of photos I would have liked to take. Love those barn owls and the eagles!

Tinna Sjoeberg said...

Beautiful shots Eileen!
Especially I love the last one,
it's perfect :))
Must be fun to go with you for
a walk, you always see so many
nice things/critters :)

Have a beautiful Sunday and a
happy week ahead :)

Tinna ✐

Ranten said...

Lovely pictures!

Gail said...

Wonderfully amazing pictures

Happyone said...

terrific shots. It must have been hard picking out which ones to post. I can't even pick a favorite!!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Eileen, your photos are always stunning. I love the barn owl shot. Also enjoyed your critter post below. I could never begin to gather the wonderful finds you share. Always enjoy my visit.
Have a great evening. Hugs, CM

Joe said...

Beautiful birds.

Giga said...

Nice to look at the beautiful birds, but a little regret that they are in captivity. Regards.

Mama Zen said...

I love all of those beautiful owls!

Michelle said...

I thought the barn owls were so sweet and then I saw the Eagles...so majestic!

diane b said...

It sounds like a great park to visit. I love the Barn Owl's face, so cute.

Cloudia said...

OWLS! Tawny Whistlers! What gems today, E!







ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Fulvous Whistling Duck

FANCY!
~

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Fantastic images, so nice the eagles!

The Yum List said...

We learned a few facts about birds of prey in a recent desert safari - amazing creatures.

Gwen said...

fabulous shots, Eileen!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful photos! I love the owls and the eagles. Enjoy your week, Eileen!

Margaret Adamson said...

grat to have aplace like this and wonderful to photograph there. As usual you images are amazing. Thanks for linking me in. My trip was amazing. Everyone should go to this island and I will be back next year adn hope to tak eother with me.

Noushka said...

Lovely pictures of these owls, it must have been thrilling to go to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.
Seeing the Barn owl in the wild is much luck since they are rather nocturnal and start hunting quite late in the evening :)
Lovely ducks too!
congratulations Eileen, enjoy your day :)

Nancy Chan said...

Another great and beautiful post! I love the owls and duck photos.

blueshell said...

So unique, and beautiful.

thank You
BShell

Blueshell.azurara.net

Tomoko said...

Your birds are gorgeous,as always!! especially I like the last photo. They capture imagination about their life and natures around them.

Jackie @ travelnwrite said...

Eagles always pull at my heart strings. Great post!! Have a great week~ Jackie

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful. Some unusual owls there. My favorite though, is the bald eagle. We have them here, common in our area, but always still thrills me to see them.

Gayle said...

So glad we no longer need to purchase film and wait for developing. Thank you for sharing these outstanding photos.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Such handsome and fascinating birds!
Thank you for sharing and have a great week!

Lr Jamison said...

Great shots of nature's natural habitats.

Maggie said...

Stunning images as always Eileen, your collages are always works of art.
We have a barn owl who stops by in the dead of night keeping us awake with his call, let me know when to expect your visit!
Maggie

podso said...

A amazing photos --the ducks were so interesting and of course the barn owls the most so.

Indrani said...

Wow! Such beautiful creatures. How well you have framed them!

NC Sue said...

Such beautiful images!
Thank you so much for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/island-welcome-labadee-haiti.html

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I have to get up there. I think it's only about an hour's drive. *rushes to calendar*

Adam Jones said...

I love owls Eileen, so your pictures gave me great joy. Of course all your pictures are wonderful.

Buckeroomama said...

Oh, I LOVE the barn owls!!

Snap said...

Eileen, thanks so much for the quick visit to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. I adore owls (you'd never guess) so really enjoyed your pic of them. The barn owls are so different looking. Eagles and ducks -- all your feathered friends are gorgeous! Happy Monday!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow / Sacred Eclectic said...

Love these owls and eagles!! :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh my gosh Eileen, these are incredible. The owls...I felt almost like I could feel their soft feathers.

Mary Hone said...

Great shots, what a fun place to visit.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful series of images. The birds are beautiful and colorful.

handmade by amalia said...

I can't tell you how wonderful and exotic these are to me! Beautiful!
Amalia
xo

Birgitta said...

Wow! These are wonderful photos!
Happy day and week to you too :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Beautiful!!!
I remember the first time I saw a Fulvous Duck here in Texas...my first ever, and I was elated. They're so very pretty.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I have always been enchanted by Owls and Eagles.
I grew up in a region of the Country where they were plentiful-
Lovely photos!
Have a splendid week,
Jemma

Sylvia said...

Eileen, I love the wood duck which looks like he was painted with a brush. The turtles in the photo are a bonus. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

Heidi's Wanderings said...

I love the third picture of the owls.

Missy George said...

Love them all..Great Owls...Thanks for sharing and hosting Eileen..

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is one of our favorite parks...we live about 45 minutes from it. So we go pretty often. It's where we've seen the manatees in the winter. I take tons of photos ever time we visit! lol There's so much to see. I'm so glad you got to go my friend. Hugs, Diane

September Violets said...

Beautiful shots of all the birds Eileen. I love the barn owls too, although have never seen one in the wild. I have seen the great horned and the barred owls though! Always such a treat to witness such amazing owls.
Wendy

Bev said...

Great pictures! I was just ona field trip with my grand. Saw the barn owls they are adorable!

Halcyon said...

So many wonderful birds. I especially like the owlies!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I have a growing appreciation for owls after seeing a number of burrowing owls in Florida, The barn owls are gorgeous Eileen, I hope they're happy in captivity.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

John eos shooter said...

To see barn owls in the wild you need to look for them at night! Nice pictures! Gr. John

Patricia Bacon said...

All your photos are fantastic but the Bald Eagle is my favorite. They are so majestic in flight!

Enjoy your week.

jeannettestgermain said...

Sure would like to see any owl:) your pics are excellent!

Fun60 said...

Fabulous photos especially the Barn Owl.

Katarina said...

Such excellent shots of stunning birds! I like Owls very much - and Eagles!

Gail Dixon said...

Awesome shots Eileen! The standouts for me are the Fulvous, Barn Owls, and Eagles. I'd also love to see the Barn Owl in the wild. Looks like a great place to get closer than usual to some pretty critters.

Nancy's Notes said...

What amazing owls mosaics!!! Awww, Eileen, I'm crazy about them and all of your pictures are wonderful!

colleen said...

Those owls ... who? ... are a trip.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, such a wonderful variety of birds and superb captures as always, Eileen!! It's always a delight to visit your blog and see so many birds that I've never had a chance to see before!! Thank you as always for sharing!! Have a great new week!

Our photos said...

Very nice ! I love the Ducks !

Beth said...

The owls and bald eagles are amazingly beautiful, Eileen. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

Brian King said...

Fantastic shots! Love the owls and eagles! Very impressive!

Photo Cache said...

The ducks are what captured my attention. They are so beautiful.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I do love owls and eagles and how wonderful to get so close....have a great week Eileen!

"E", ...Beth... , from VA. said...

we loved our trip there. such fun!! love the owls. so fun!! thanks, for sharing with us. i am a real ball. ( :

Laura said...

Beautiful Eileen... I am quite drawn to all of the owls and the whistling duck!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful birds and as always you did a great job of photographing them.
Thanks for sharing with us.

Al said...

I love those owls - they just have that amazing, wise look to them.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great shots, I love the owls, they are so, so, I don't know, just wonderful.

I love pic monkey for a lot of purposes.

fredamans said...

Quack! Quack! Love the collectioN!

Lorrie said...

Magnificent owl photos. Fun to see mosaics from your trip. The Whistling Duck looks interesting.

Susan (ABON) said...

I love the owls, especially the barn owls. Gorgeous!

Life Images by Jill said...

Great shots Eileen. It is good to hear about the rehabilitation centre.
Have a wonderful week. Mine seems to be getting busier, and I am supposed to be "retired" - hah!

Ela said...

These birds are beautiful !!
Fantastic pictures !!

ann said...

More grand bird photos. How can I choose my favorite, except to say that I have long wanted to get a photo of wood duck in the wild. We have there here; in fact, my dad's pond was home to pair long ago. I wonder if they are still there?

DrillerAA09 said...

Great set of images. I love birds of prey. One thing for sure, you will never sneak up on an owl. They seem to be aware of everything that is going on around them. Have blessed day.

Linda H said...

What wonderful photos of the birds. I love seeing photos of owls as I so rarely see them in nature.

LifeRamblings said...

What a wonderful park. The barn owl looks truly one of a kind. Thanks for sharing the fun.

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

Owls are some of my favorite creatures. The ones in here are so beautiful.

Mary Cromer said...

Incredible series and what a wonderful place, this warmed my heart very much!!!

Helma said...

Really super all these beautiful owls and birds of prey.
I love owls and leave you a dazzling variance here to see owls. Thank you Eileen :-)

Chandra Eswaran said...

Hi Eileen,
The owls are very beautiful.
Here in Atlanta, we have a place called The Chattahoochee Nature Center, which also provides a home for hurt animals and birds.
Very nice photos and subjects!
Have a Wonderful Day!
Peace :)

Charlene N.K. said...

Wow, what marvelous creatures! I like them all.

Kristiina said...

I'm wordless. Just wonderful photos and wonderful birds.

R. Täysin arkista

David Gascoigne said...

These rehab centres do a great job.

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful birds all of them. I´m glad they are taken care of. .)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

WOW!! Awesome shots of the eagles and the owls!!
Bet it was fun for you to be so close!!!