Babcock/Webb WMA, Punta Gorda

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On a tip from a fellow blogger (thanks, Wally!), I researched the Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area in Punta Gorda, about 30 miles south from where we were camping last month.

With more than 65,000 acres of intermixed pine flatwoods and freshwater marsh, along with hardwood hammocks and dry prairie, I found Babcock/Webb WMA had plenty to offer!

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Great Blue Heron “With A View”

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I was most excited in hopes of seeing and photographing the federally listed endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker that lived in clusters 4-5 miles deep within.  Accessed by one of the dirt roads, their cavity trees are clearly marked with white-painted rings to easily locate them for quiet observations.

Alas, I was not lucky.  Controlled hunting season had just started five days prior, and I found the start of that access road closed to visitors.

I was still able to drive on a paved road along the freshwater lake and marshes for its five-mile length and back.

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Babcock/Webb WMA

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Here’s what I did get to enjoy and photograph.  πŸ™‚

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β€œIf you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”  –Vincent Van Gogh

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49 thoughts on “Babcock/Webb WMA, Punta Gorda

  1. Oh my goodness, what great shots. I love the tri-colored Heron. So stylish. That turkey vulture…wow. The White Peacock…is that a butterfly or moth? Sandhill Cranes…I see FEETS! LOL!

  2. Enjoyed viewing your photos Donna, especially liked our Northern Flicker. You really had a treat in this area, despite being blocked from going deeper in. Stay safe my friend.

    • Thank you, Ashley! When it doesn’t go as plan, I go with the flow. Nature always provides no matter where we look if we truly look and listen. You know this well, my friend!

    • Thank you! I got pretty excited seeing the Sandhill Cranes. They circled overhead and then dropped down behind the trees. I was so hoping they were landing on my side of the trees, lol. πŸ˜‰

  3. I’m really glad you were able to visit Babcock/Webb but sad the hunting season kept you from exploring all it has to offer. Next trip!

    Your photographs are superb and have me planning a piney getaway!

  4. I like all those herons, and my favouite is the Great Blue with view, he’s wonderfully positioned on the branch with that lush vegetation and grey clouds behind. Just been photographing the Great Blue too, lovely bird!

    • Thank you, Sel! Great Blues are gorgeous birds, and I love seeing them and Great Egrets up on top of or high in a tree, getting that faraway view to see. Makes them so majestic. πŸ™‚

  5. I love the shot of the turkey vulture with his wings spread out and the northern flicker is very handsome. πŸ™‚ Awesome to see the underside of the sandhill cranes! Great set of photos, Donna. What wonderful memories you must be savoring now…

    • Thank you, Barbara! I always head out with my camera, with the hope of seeing something special, and nature truly never disappoints. There is just too much to see and love. I find myself never wanting to leave. πŸ™‚

  6. Wow, Donna, what a variety – thanks for sharing all these great photos. I especially love the Northern Flicker. I’ve only seen them a couple of times and they have such beautiful patterns. Something graceful about these Birds.
    P.S. Thanks for sharing about yet another great birding place in Florida that I didn’t know about!

    • Thank you, Reed! There are so many ‘hidden gems’ in Florida, it is awesome to visit them and not have the big crowds….humans that is. πŸ˜‰ Makes for more wildlife sightings!

  7. What a wonderful variety of birds and scenery. I’ll have to remember that spot for the next time (who knows when that will be) we take a Florida birding trip.

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