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This nesting pair pause to strike a pose after the addition of a new stick to their nest. These birds are free, but choose to live in the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park in Homosassa, Florida. They are building their nest over an alligator lagoon, because the alligators keep predators from climbing the tree to raid the nest. Kodak Z980


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A Florida native, I enjoy taking photos of the natural beauty around me. Photography is a wonderful way to preserve the memories of that beauty. My family is also my passion, and I enjoy recording the things we do together. Strictly a hobbyist, I have won a few contests, and have been published within the state several times. Sharing these photos with friends who share theirs with me is a most gratifying and lovely experience.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Ray!!

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Sure are smart birds to pick alligators for neighbors for their protection! Who would’ve thought! Looks like they’re high-fiving each other for a job well done. Great capture, Judy! Aren’t they beautiful!!

  • Thank you, Dot! Next January let’s make plans to go to the wildlife park. They are so much fun to watch.

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    absolutely magnificent capture

  • Thanks so much, Kathy!!

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreameralmost 4 years ago

    Superb capture Judy! The are so pretty, and obviously smart too! Lets just hope that none of the babies fall out! XXSUEXX

  • Thanks, Sweet Sue!! I am sure they lose one once in awhile, but probably fewer than they would to tree climbing predators (racoons, etc.).

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    I’d absolutely love that, Judy!

  • GregTS
    GregTSalmost 4 years ago

    Judy, Stunning capture!! Brilliant & gorgeous photo!!!

  • Thanks very much, Greg!!

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaalmost 4 years ago

    MAGNIFICENT!! I wish I could favor this twice!

  • Wow!! Thanks for this generous comment, Al!!

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIonealmost 4 years ago

    Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. Beautiful capture!

  • Thanks so much, Joycelone!!

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture Judy. Loved my time there at that place… and thoroughly enjoyed shooting the gators as well… LOL :))))

  • Thanks, Cookie! I was there at the right time for once.

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 4 years ago

    Oooo….that is magnificent!!!

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