Me, Barbara and another couple went to the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State park yesterday. We had a great time. We don’t get to go all that often even though we live just a few miles away. Funny how that works out.
Typically, you want to shoot photo’s in either the early morning or late afternoon when the sun isn’t as bright. We went to the park at about noon time so there were a lot of harsh shadows to contend with. Additionally, I brought only one lens for my canon 6D: my 100-400mm first generation. I probably should have brought a tripod or at least a mono-pod. I’m happy with the images that I’ve posted here. I will be going back at a future time when I can get images with better light.
The same bird as in the previous frame.
Barbara, Ray and his wife Illiana, striking a pose.
Barbara has a new friend.
There are three ways to get to the main park, boat, tram or walk. We choose to take the boat on our way in. This is the style boat.
Off to the side of the boat boarding area is this fellow. Alligators are a common enough sight here in Florida so it wasn’t a huge surprise for us locals.
Once you are off the boat, you cross a road and are at the entrance to the park. This is one of the signs you’ll walk past while entering the park.
Another of the signs along the walk to the park. I have a few images from this “Fish Bowl” viewing area. They are included in this posting.
The next images are of a few of the animals that the park has to see. Something to keep in mind: this park is a wildlife sanctuary. Meaning that the animals kept here are either recovering from some type of injury or were determined that they would not survive if returned back into the ecosystem. So some of the animals I’ve included in this post are wild or in some type of enclosure.
A resident squirrel was kind enough to pose for a portrait. He seemed very friendly. I guess he gets fed a lot.
Inside one of the buildings, they had a manatee skeleton hanging around.
There was a bear in one of the enclosures but there were too many obstacles to a decent photo. There wasn’t any obstacles to taking a photo of this bear statue though.
Barbara and Ileana enjoying the day.
Here are a few bird photo’s:
And of course life wouldn’t be the same with out the flamingos.