I thought I'd let you know a bit about the Circle B Bar Reserve, in Lakeland, Florida. The Circle B Bar Reserve, on the northwest shore of Lake Hancock, is a former cattle ranch that today boasts a wide variety of plants and animals. You can see several distinct ecosystems in this reserve of only 1,267 acres.
We saw: Pied-billed Grebes, Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Wood Storks, Eastern Phoebe, White Ibis, Snowy Egret, Green Heron, Limpkins, Gallinules and gators.
Huge oaks, beautiful canopies and trails. Really a neat place to visit (and it's only 4 minutes from my home).
I'm almost two hours from Circle B and I've been there 3 times in 3 weeks and I'll be going back today. This is one beautiful place for nesting Great blue herons and reptiles. Every time I go there is a new opportunity for capturing my new Best photo.
FYI for all those going to Circle B. Alligator Alley, the trail that runs along Lake Hancock is closed until further notice. Evidently Irma did quite a bit of damage to the trail, somebody told me part of it was washed away and they will have engineers working on repairing it. Sad.....that was my favorite part of Circle B.