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Would you believe…

… that this is the latest creature that I spotted in the lake out back? I hope not.  Nope, meet Lu, an honorary Floridian who lives at Homosassa Springs Wildlife park.  When the state took over the park in 1989 the exotic animals were all sent to new homes, but a public outcry to keep Lu resulted in his change of status, and he will live out his days in the park.  Along with quite a few varieties of Florida wildlife.  I’ve heard of some of these birds being photographed at other birding sites, but I haven’t seen most of these in the wild.  Or not so far.  But now I’ll have to make it a point to visit as many of the Florida State parks as possible, with my new yearly pass.  Who knows what I’ll find, but I’ll bet that I won’t find another Hippopotamus.2-18Homosassasprings

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron
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Flamingos
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Green heron
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Fox
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Northern Crested Caracara, a bird of prey who is both sluggish and a scavenger

 

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White pelican, and no I don’t know what that protrusion is on his bill and google didn’t tell me
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Woodstork

 

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Whooping Crane, who come by their name honestly
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Pelican Island, there was a power struggle going on
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On the boat ride to the park

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