|View from boardwalk, La Chua Trail|
|La Chua Trail|
|my first alligator sighting|
|Giant Oak weeping with spanish moss|
There are thousands of birds at the park, and most of them are doing cool behaviors (but I couldn't capture the behaviors without uploading way too much video, so you just get snapshots)
|Boat-tailed Grackle, mating call/posture|
|Whooping Crane (figures this is the one bird I want to see clearly)|
|American Coots (or Cutes! seriously, they're adorable)|
|Turkey Vulture (I love this bird)|
|American White Ibis|
There are hundreds of turtles along the trail, too. I'm not positive, but I think the turtles are Florida Cooters. I learned on the Daily Show that there is an annual Cooter Festival down here, very close to Chassahowitzka NWR.
|Turtle sunning in his algae bath|
|Turtle sunning mid-morning|
|American Bison, EAT IT!|
This is the first time I've ever seen wild boar. I guess some would think I'm lucky not to have seen them yet. As an avid wildlife enthusiast I think I'm lucky to finally see them. Even better; I saw them with pig-lings.
As you can see, there is a LOT to see at Paynes Prairie. If you're ever in the Gainesville area, please stop in and support this awesome resource.