Saturday, August 13, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 452

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Hello and happy Saturday!

 If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

On July 30th, hubby and I took a walk at North Point State Park. I posted numerous times about our visits to this park. Usually we see some great birds there, the Little Blue Herons are missing this time. We saw adult and juvenile Bald Eagles, many Osprey, Great Blue Heron,  Green Heron, Tree Swallows, Turkey Vultures, Belted Kingfisher, lots of turtles, a black rat snake, DC Cormorants, Tern and Gulls, various butterflies and dragonflies. 

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1. Below top row: Green Heron, Gulls with domestic white Geese and one Tern, Great Blue Heron. Second row adult Bald Eagle, juvenile Bald Eagle and the two Osprey. Last row : Dragonfly, Belted Kingfisher, Monarch butterfly and Slider Turtles. 





2. This Green Heron below has something in it's mouth, small fish or maybe a frog. 





3. A distant view of the Green Heron with two Slider Turtles. 





4.  A Slider Turtle with a dragonfly. Can you find the dragonfly?




5. I tried zooming in on this adult Bald Eagle.




6. The juvenile Bald Eagle was hanging out on a tree. 





7.  A view of the Chesapeake Bay is at the end of the Black Marsh Trail, we could see lots of Gulls, a tern and  the domestic White Geese seem to be out of place.





8. Below a beach at the park, out in the bay are an Osprey and Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue Heron and some gulls.




9.  An Osprey was seen perched on a tree branch.





10. I am guessing at these id's of various dragonflies top row:  Autumn Meadowhawk, a Green Darner, bottom row two different Blue Dashers.




11. There are lots of the Slider Turtles in the wetland areas of North Point State Park.




12. I found just one Great Blue Heron in the marshy area of the park.





I hope you enjoyed my photos and visit to the park. Thank you for sharing your critters and post!

Thanks to all my visitors and for your past and present comments. Stop back to see any replies to your comments. I appreciate everyone who loves and respects wildlife. Thank you for linking up a critter post.



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I am also linking up to Anni's blog party found here I'd Rather B Birding   Anni always has some beautiful birds to be seen on her blog, check it out!

121 comments:

  1. Eileen, Thank you for hosting and sharing Saturday’s Critters #452. You are the best with collages … always enjoy them. Thanks for sharing your visit to North Point State Park. Great variety of captures! Love to see the Eagles! I did find the dragonfly in image #4. Love the turtles on the log! 😊 Hope your summer has been going well and hope you’ve had some good weather. It seems like I’ve been seeing a lot of stories about storms and heat back in the Eastern US and hope it hasn’t affected you. We’ve set new heat records again this year in Seattle, in one case, 6 days of over 90F in a row. That’s tough in a city where about 60% of the residents don’t have air conditioning. Take care and have a happy day and week ahead.

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    1. Hello John, thank you for visiting and for the comment. Our summer has been good, the days are flying by. There have been some bad storms in our area, but we seem to miss a lot of the heavy rain, we have been a little dry here. I can not imagine going through a hot summer without having air conditioning. Take care, have a happy weekend!

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    2. Hi Eileen, Thanks for your comment on my blog and for your reply here on Saturday's Critters!

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    1. Thank you William! I love the herons too.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  3. Always a pleasure to see birds with their meal. I liked the turtle and dragonfly shot. Also liked the beach shots.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for the comment.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  4. Great sightings on your hikes. Beautiful beach and sky. Yes, I can see the dragonfly with the turtle.

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    1. Thank you Nancy!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  5. Great shot of the Green Heron and I love all the Slider images. I was able to link in today but thanks for hosting. have a great weekend. My granddaughters wedding is today so I am very excited.

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    1. Thank you Margaret! Best wishes for the happy couple!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  6. Hello Eileen and thanks for sharing the beautiful wildlife. I admire the Osprey in particular, perhaps because I still miss it in my photo album. The turtles are also nice to meet always. I too appreciate who respects wildlife.
    Have a splendid weekend!

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    1. Thank you Luisella! The Ospreys seem to be doing well in our area, a common sight to see in the summer.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  7. Hello Eileen,
    The photo of the Green Heron is amazing. The green water suits the bird perfectly. Beautiful photo of the Osprey!
    Take care, and have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Marit! The green water is a combination of waterlilies and duck weed.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  8. Hi Eileen,
    Beautiful series of photos and collages, I love to see the dragonflies.
    I also love to see the sea eagle, osprey and turtles.
    Would you mind posting my link.
    I wish you a very nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  9. it is a delight to see your shots today. Like beeing on a trip once again. Many of these I have seen but there are some beautiful dragonflies I have not seen. But that is not likely to find on such trips. Loved that green one. We don´t have such species in Sweden, at least as I know of. Have a nice week. :)

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    1. Thank you Monica! I do enjoy finding the different dragonflies.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  10. Hello Eileen. You see so many species on your walks that I am quite jealous. I don't think that dragonfly should sit in that spot long - the turtle is looking quite hungry and longingly at a potential meal. Thanks for the link today, and enjoy your weekend. I'm off to sit in the sun!

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    1. Thank you Phil! I do not think the turtles go hungry in that park, there are lots of insects to eat.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  11. Hari OM
    Loved every one of these today, Eileen - you got some fantastic backgrounds and angles! YAM xx

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    1. Thank you YAM!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  12. I love the one with lots of slider turtles...somewhat surreal and beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Angie!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  13. Great photos!
    I especially like the row of turtles (next to last photo)
    Have a blessed day!

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    1. Thank you Lea!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  14. Ainda que sempre voltem ao parque, cada vez as fotos são diferentes e sempre lindas! Tanto a ver por lá! Lindo fim de semana! beijos, chica

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    1. Thank you Chica!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  15. Wow che fotografie meravigliose.
    L'ho trovata la libellula ^_^

    Deve essere bellissimo camminare circondati da queste magnifiche creature.

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    1. Thank you Stefania!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  16. ...I had a wonderful spot to see turtles a few years back, but they seem to have all moved to your neck of the woods. Thanks Eileen for hosting the party, enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Tom! We do see lots of turtles here.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  17. Picture No. 11 is quite wonderful, Eileen. It has the feel of a primordial swamp, going back to the days of dinosaurs and ancient reptiles.

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    1. Thank you David!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  18. You saw a nice variety of wildlife. I wonder if the geese were deliberately abandoned there. I wonder if they will continue to evade predators. The shoreline sky shots are beautiful and the images of dragonflies in the mosaic are nice and sharp.

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    1. Hello,
      Thanks Ken! It did seem like a strange place to see the domestic geese, I hope they are survivors. Take care, have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment. Take care, enjoy your day and weekend.

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  20. It's a lovely park, Eileen and your photos do justice to the wonderful fauna there!

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    1. Thank you Nick! I appreciate the comment and link. Have a great day!

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  21. they are all fantastic, I gave the Blue Ribbon for First Place to the next to last photo of the turtles on the log. I could hang that one and sit and stare at it.

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    1. Thanks Sandra! I love to watch these turtles too. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  22. PS: Thank you for hosting, Eileen. Enjoy the new week ahead!

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  23. Love the photos with the dragonflies!
    Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thank you for the comment. Have a great day and happy weekend!

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  24. I see a variety of dragonflies there; despite the distance, you captured the birds quite well. I hope you have a wonderful weekend

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    1. Thank you Jeevan! have a great day and happy weekend!

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  25. You have such a selection of critters! Nicely done! Thanks for hosting. Have a great one.

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  26. I always think it's extra special when you see a young Eagle! And the Osprey is a nice pose. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the party!

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    1. Thanks Diane! I always enjoy seeing the Eagles and the Opsrey. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  27. It is great to see so many turtles. I am impressed that you got so many shots of dragonflies and actually got ids for them.

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    1. Thank you RedPat. I try to id the dragonflies, some maybe a guess and not correct. Have a great weekend.

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  28. That was again a lot of great animal sightings, dear Eileen!
    Of course I can find the dragonfly - the turtle has a chat with it ;-)
    Aah, Chesapeake Bay: Of course I knew this place was in the Northeastern United States, but I was most familiar with it because of one thing - my brother had a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Apoll. (He was a lovely big dog, sadly passed away a few years ago. In this post from 2016 you can see old Apoll, as well as Kira, my brother's labrador girl, she was just a baby then - now she's already a big dog lady: https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2016/05/kira-ein-neues-familienmitglied.html)
    Happy weekend and all the best
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/08/blogparade-tropisch-exotisch-u30blogger.html

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    1. Thank you Traude! Hubby and I both loved our labradors, a yellow Labrador was the first dog we owned together.
      Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  29. Wonderful array of wildlife! The turtles were fun to see and the dragonflies! Does your water grow the toxic green algae because of the heat, Eileen? There are two reservoirs nearby us that have had that sadly happen this summer.

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    1. Thanks Pat! I have seen the algae on top of our lake. This green water is more from the duckweed plant, it usually helps to keep the water clean. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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    2. Glad to hear that the water is good.for the waterfowl, etc.

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  30. Yes! I'm number 30 on the list this week, I love my weekends off for so many reasons. Good morning lovely nature photos again from your outings, and yes i did spot the dragonfly, they are so lovely. Not sure either if it was a fish or bird being lunch, at first it seemed like a fish but then that eye could have been from a bird. We must enjoy these days of August because summer's end is slowing approaching and that's so sad. I wish we could have summer continue a bit longer, or at least a long and wonderful fall! Enjoy your day Take care.

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    1. Thanks Karen, for the comment and link today. The days and summer are flying by, I am not ready for winter though.
      I am happy to see your peacock is still hanging out your place. Have a great weekend, enjoy your time off.

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  31. What a beautiful place to see so many critters. All your photos are so interesting.

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    1. Thank you Yvonne! I do enjoy the critters. Have a great day and happy weekend.

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  32. thank you for taking us along on your hike. I saw the dragonfly! I really love those turtles. I think they are my favorites.

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    1. Thank you Andree!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  33. Loved the osprey photo the best! Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for the comment.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  34. You got some great photos loaded with critters. How fun to capture the turtle and heron in one shot. :) The turtle and dragonfly is another fun shot! Happy weekend to you. I enjoyed your photos from your trip to New York but couldn't comment on that post. Glad you could enjoy your time there!

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    1. Thank you Ellen!
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  35. awesome catches and great timing on these images!! the 2nd to last picture...the one of the turtles on the log is amazing. it almost looks like a gator!! beautiful dragonflies, i see them all the time but rarely get pictures!!! have a great weekend eileen, and many thanks for hosting!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie! The dragonflies are pretty.
      Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  36. Hi Eileen
    The Osprey's were beautiful, and the Green Herons fabulous. I love each shots.

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    1. Thank you Bob! The Green Heron is one of my favorite birds. Have a great day and happy weekend.

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  37. You always show an interesting mix of critters. If you're out and about you'll see the critters.

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    1. Thank you Red! I enjoy finding all the critters on our walks. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  38. I look forward to your saturday photos of critters. great captures-enjoyed your post Happy weekend Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy, thank for the comment and visit. Enjoy your weekend.

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  39. Buena variedad y buena calidad. Son muchas las especies que has fotografiado.
    Felia fin de semana. Besos.

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  40. That turtle shot with the algae on it & dragonfly is fantastic! But i guess it's a tortoise, given the legs?

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    1. Thank You Lydia! They are mostly red-eared slider turtles. Have a great new week!

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  41. Another wonderful collection of critters for this week. The turtles are always one of my favorites!!

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  42. Love the birds but the turtles always fascinate me. Great shots!

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    1. Thank you Marie! I love the turtles too. Have a great new week!

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    1. Thank you for the comment! Have a great new week!

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  44. I enjoyed seeing your critters.

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  45. Terrific photos Eileen! My favorite is the osprey in the tree!!
    Happy Sunday to you, and thanks for linking with us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week!

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  46. Some beautiful pictures!! Wow! Have a great Sunday and take care...
    Love from Titti

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  47. Thank you for hosting ... again and again. Now, I`m sitting on my Computer and can send a Comment. It`s more than difficult nowadays, isn`t?

    It`s always a pleasure being here. Wish you a good week.
    Hugs from Heidrun

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    1. Thank you Heidrun! Take care, enjoy your day and new week ahead.

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  48. Thank you for sharing your visit to the park with us! So many fantastic critters to be found :)

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    1. Thank you Nikki! Your blog is beautiful, thanks for visiting and commenting. Have a great new week!

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  49. Hello Eileen
    Many thanks for sharing your sightings, I do like seeing the slider turtles :)
    Lovely mix of mosaic collage and photographs.

    Hoping you have had a good weekend, my good wishes for the new week ahead.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan! Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  50. That park has everything -- you see the same species we do in Florida -- I suppose they actually could be the very same birds that migrate south when you get snow! Wonderful walks, wonderful pictures. Thanks so much for everything you do.

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    1. Thank you Sallie! I think the migration has started, they are on the way south. Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  51. It's always a delight to see the wonderful sightings from your hike, Eileen.
    Happy Monday!

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    1. Happy Monday Veronica! Thanks for the comment! Take care, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

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  52. Wonderful nature shots on Sat ~ sorry for the late comment ~ Your nature photography is always awesome! thanks!

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you Carol! Take care, I wish you a happy new week!

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  53. You certainly are rewarded with lots of great critters on your walks, and you share them with us for which I am very grateful. Thank you Eileen. Love the photos! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Denise! I do have fun trying to find the critters. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  54. Grandes fotos len precioso lugar . La tortuga estaba muy pendiente la libélula.
    Buena semana Eileen.
    Un abrazo.

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  55. Um lugar absolutamente fascinante, repleto de vida! Cada vez mias estes Parques têm uma missão fundamental, pois com tantas espécies ameaçadas pelo mundo... eles são o último reduto de muitos animais e plantas.
    Grata por partilhar estas maravilhas, Eileen!
    Beijinhos! Continuação de uma feliz semana!
    Ana

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    1. Thank you Ana! I love to visit these parks, the wildlife is always a treat to see. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  56. Hello Eileen - it is always lovely to take a wander with you in a different park and see new and different critters! I will be in the US next week and I can't wait to see new birds. I love the turtles sunbathing!
    Have a lovely weekend
    Wren x

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    1. Thank you Wren!, It is nice to be traveling again. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  57. such lovely photos! i really like the eagle and the heron!

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  58. aww.... wonderful Green Heron and two Slider Turtles....
    love both critters

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  59. Me han encantado todas tus fotografías, para mí es un placer pasar por tu blog. Un abrazo.

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    1. Thank you Teresa! Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  60. I saw that dragonfly probably before the turtle...loved the other dragonflies, too. As you know they are a favorite...also, always love turtles on a log!

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