A Day at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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.

This giant Manatee is in front of the main building and is right off US 19 in Homosassa Springs. I like that I was able to catch a bird in mid flight.

The same bird as in the previous frame.

Barbara, Ray and his wife Illiana, striking a pose.

This the inside of the visitor center. Barbara and Iliana looking around.

Barbara has a new friend.

A few things to see while in the visitor center.

A cute figurine.

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 turtle of some type sunning.

The top view of a manatee having some lunch. There are many manatee here.

There is some underwater viewing available. The images aren’t the best as there was a good deal of algae buildup on the viewing glass. I’ve done the best I could with what I had to work with. 

There was a few orange trees so I had to represent.

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.

The resident Hippo, Lu. Lu is the oldest hippo in captivity in North America. He is 57 years old as of January, 2017.

 

Here are a few bird photo’s:

And of course life wouldn’t be the same with out the flamingos.

These 4 flamingos were having an argument. Notice how they are all fluffed up? We weren’t really sure what the commotion was about.

 

Here is the resident eagle. Sadly, one of his wings were in a bad way. It looks like most of that one wing is missing. We aren’t sure what happened but he couldn’t possibly live on his own. 

There were many alligators so here are a few photo’s of them.