Sunday, May 3, 2015

Kissimmee Florida

I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday   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.

After spending three nights on Florida's East coast we drove on to spend some more time at Kissimmee, located inland and not far from Orlando.. I am sharing some of my photos from our visit to Gatorland.. I am not too crazy over the alligators but it was fun seeing the breeding area they have for the birds..



Above a breeding Cattle Egret with lovely colors. The Breeding Marsh at Gatorland was the big attraction for me..Egrets were everywhere..Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets and the Great Egret all had nest at this rookery..


Some scenes from our visit to Gatorland...Black Crowned Night Heron perched on the fence railing, a turtle safe out of the water,  I did like this weird grin on this huge gator.  He/she looks happy..



Also seen as my header, all these Herons and Egrets were seen at the Gatorland rookery..

 I hope you enjoyed my Gatorland post and photos.. Thank you for visiting and for all the nice comments.. Tomorrow is our 25th wedding anniversary, it seems like time has gone by so quickly.. Have a great day and week ahead!

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I hope you can join in on our fun with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday

 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.  I wish everyone a happy week ahead!


61 comments:

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow - great photos. I had forgotten about the cattle egrets - we used to see them in S. California a lot.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Eileen. You certainly had a wonderful holiday in Florida and saw fantastic birds and Gators. These images are superb.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Very nice series of images .. Happy monday ..

Sara D.B. said...

Beautiful bird photos, Eileen!
I continue to be impressed by the alligators (we of course don't have any large aquatic reptiles). They look scary... fortunately they love tourists! :D
Have a great week ahead!

Nancy Chan said...

Great photos of all these lovely birds. Despite the grin on the gator's face, it is still scary to me...lol! Bright Monday to you!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
marvelous photos of this animals and birds.
Best regards, Synnöve

Gayle said...

That gator looks way too happy :/
Blessing for your upcoming week.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
Very good shots of these animals.
Nice that funny head of that little egret.

Many greetings,
Marco

Sue said...

Ha! Though I don't like gators, that one does have a silly smile! Have a good day, Eileen.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Tremendous shots Eileen - love that one of the 'smiling assasin' - looks well-satisfied!!! YAM xx

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Kissimmee is such a lovely place to visit!!Gorgeous pictures of the Egret birds and the aligator!Great captures!!I saw some egret birds in my area last week!Love your new header!!!So preety!!Have a happy week!!
Dimi...

✿ chica said...

Muito lindo tudo por lá! Adorei ver! Linda semana,bjs, chica

Maggie said...

Looks like you were in your element with the birds at gatorland, excellent captures as always.
Wishing you all best for your Silver Wedding Anniversary tomorrow.
Maggie

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos, specially the heron next to the 'Trespassers will be eaten' sign!

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

what fuzzy birds. those feather are way cool. such character. what a fun area. we have been there many times over. ( ;

TexWisGirl said...

GREAT shot of the cattle egret! the gator did look like he's was grinning or up to something. :)

Sandra said...

we have passed this Gator land many times, but hubby is always a point a to point b driver so have never seen it. i love the look on the gators face, like he is thinking about dinner.. and smiling.. the turtles legs made me laugh.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Those are all great, Eileen.

;-)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

That gator's been eatin' too much. He needs to try a treadmill.

Linda Kay said...

Great bird pictures as usual, Eileen.

Lynne said...

That gator might be smiling but I'd not be doing a "close up!" Great pictures Eileen!

Pat said...

Great shots. Love the gator grin.

Mary Hone said...

Love those, what an interesting place that must be.

Montanagirl said...

Lovely Mosaics, Eileen - LOVE that Cattle Egret! Wish we'd see them around here. A couple strays passed through several years ago. So exciting to see them.

Linda W. said...

Nice pic of the cattle egret! And I loved your gator shots.

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of herons, Eileen.
Perfect photographed, my compliments.
The crocodile is scary for me.
Beautiful header you have on the blog.

Noushka said...

This must be paradise!!!
The Cattle egret in nuptial plumage is just gorgeous! The turtle is cute with its legs up, he makes me laugh!!
But boy, those gators... I wouldn't like to meet one 'round the corner Sssssss!!!!
Cheers, Eileen, great post!

Rajesh said...

Great shots of cattle egret. I like them.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Hi Eileen - Happy Anniversary! The 25th is a special one! Love seeing all the egrets. The alligator does look very fat and happy! I don't think I've ever seen an alligator with a double chin! LOL!

ladyfi said...

How lovely - I like that egret!

Daniel LaFrance said...

Some of your shots reminded me of our experience when we were in Florida.

That shot of the gator is great; I think he's smiling... neato!

Country Gal said...

Oh WOW ! How fun to be there and take these wonderful photos you took ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Those rookeries located next to, or in Alligator zoo exhibits really do have that ability to keep the predators away from the chicks and eggs because the predators do not like 'gators! Have a wonderful Tuesday tomorrow. I love the header!

Nancy's Notes said...

Eileen, great photographs! Love the Herons and Egrets, the photographs are so clear and perfect. That alligator, ekkk... not crazy about them at all.

Happy 25th Anniversary tomorrow! Celebrated big!

Nancy

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wow! That gator is large and looks well fed! The cattle egret is beautiful. Florida looks to be a perfect place to bird watch, Eileen--you must have been in heaven!

maryaustria said...

Amazing mosaics!And great shots of the animals too!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Oh lots of animals at Gatorland...gators scare me...so unpredictable.

The Yum List said...

What a diversity of creatures!

Sylvia said...

Eileen, Thanks for sharing those great bird photos! Sylvia D.

Missy George said...

Gorgeous Egret..Love the grinning gator..Happy Anniversary..

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You were in heaven here, weren't you Eileen? ;-)
Interesting comment above, who would want to tangle with a humongous grinning gator!
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

Happyone said...

That's some beak on the Cattle Egret!!

Happy Anniversary. : )

Gail Dixon said...

Cattle egrets are so rich in color during breeding season. Gorgeous captured. You are really getting some good birding in this spring!

Life Images by Jill said...

the song says "never smile at a crocodile" and I think this would be true for this gator too - he seems to be sizing you up Eileen.
Happy travels!

Stephanie said...

Wonderful shots!

Chandra Eswaran said...

Hi Eileen,
I thoroughly enjoyed the birds and the very cool turtle.
I am scared of Gators, so didn't look at them for too long :)
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Your Gatorland images are very nice!
Have a good day, Eileen!

Gunilla Bäck said...

The egrets are gorgeous. The gator looks like he's smiling. :-)

lotusleaf said...

Lovely photos.Have a nice day!

Barb said...

That cattle egret photo is wonderful - so crisp and vivid. Looks like that gator had plenty to eat! You saw a bonanza of birds there.

Ida said...

Cool place. That gator does seem to be smiling.

Mary Cromer said...

So beautiful are all of these gorgeous birds and that is one monster alligator...have a HAPPY!

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

Weird grin, indeed. He looks scary !!

Tom said...

Neat critters, the Cattle Egret looks like it having a bad hair day. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Helma said...

Great photos and the cattle egret is fantasist itself nicely put in the picture!

bettyl-NZ said...

These are awesome shots! Always love an egret photo, they are so lovely.

carol l mckenna said...

Amazing shots of nature's beautiful critters! Wonderful!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Those gators always look mean. LOL
Lived in FL many years ago, but was not interested in taking pics back then. Live and learn.
Hope you are having a good week.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; What a FANTASTIC holidays you had in Florida♡♡♡ Personally, I've never seen alligators and wish to see how fearful they are p:-) Love the the cattle egret, too♪
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Debbie said...

this looks like a great place for some really close-up views. the cattle egret is so beautiful!!!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

He does look like a happy and well fed gator Eileen! He's been around a while!!

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