Florida Special Edition

For two weeks in the winter, I am vacationing down in Florida. Florida is known as the sunshine state. I have seen many unique different kinds of birds down here. In fall, birds will migrate down to the lower states to get away from the winter.

Kissimmee Lakefront Park- I went to Kissimmee Lakefront Park on my first day in Florida. The park is right next to lake Tohopekaliga. The weather was gorgeous and it was awesome seeing different kinds of birds. I didn’t have my camera that day. My dad took this picture of an alligator. Alligators are cold-blooded animals, meaning that they can’t regulate their own temperature, so they have to rely on the temperature around them. I also saw and heard the sandhill cranes while I was there.

Port Canaveral- I went to Port Canaveral to see a GOES-T weather satellite launch in space. I also went to go fishing at the pier there as well, but caught nothing. I got to see Brown Pelicans, Fish Crows, and many different types of seagulls. Here are some pictures I took while at Port Canaveral.

Celebration Florida- I explored Celebration Florida and walked around the area, hoping to get some pictures of the wildlife. The town of Celebration was founded by Disney in 1996. I saw two gators, an anhinga and different species of herons. An interesting fact about egrets, is that they are a type of heron. The Little blue heron is different than the Great blue heron. At the end of my walk I saw the Little blue heron next to a softshell turtle. Softshell turtles are common in lakes in Florida.

St Pete Pier- St Pete Pier was so awesome to be at. There is a small beach, playground, splash-pad, restaurants and a fishing deck. I went fishing there and caught two Northern Puffer and a Sheepshead. What is weird about sheepshead, is that they have teeth a lot like human. The reason that they have teeth like that, is because their diet consists of mollusks and crustaceans which have tough shells. I also saw brown pelicans, boat-tailed grackles and a snowy egret.

I hope you enjoyed reading about week one.

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Published by PalmerLakeNature

I am a nature-loving teen who photographs all the cool nature in Minnesota and around the world. My goal is to share my passion for the outdoors with others. I was an Outdoor Education Intern at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park in the summer of 2022 where I helped with the summer educational programs. I am also active with the Best Buy Teen Tech Center where I do coding, graphic design, photography, and 3D printing. A few of my photos have been published in a newsletter by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation. Minneapolis Parks and Rec has also published my nature photos on their Facebook page. Current Equipment: Canon 90D, Tamron 100-400mm Lens, 50mm Lens

One thought on “Florida Special Edition

  1. Thanks for sharing! Would be interesting to understand all of the variables that contribute to species attraction to an area, besides weather. Fascinating world we inhabit, much like our feathered friends. Great pics!


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