Thursday, May 21, 2009

Youngsters at Wakulla Springs

Well, the rain held off and we had a great final field trip to Wakulla Springs to ride the Jungle Cruise. Only a few of the kids had ever been on the boat ride.

I took this picture last year, the last time I was there. Today was very overcast.


We had an excellent tour guide/boat driver. Along the 30 minute ride, we counted 25 alligators! We had a great time, despite the fact that the kids were hungry, having missed their regular 10:34 lunchtime, or as I say, “brunchtime”. By 11 o’clock their tummies were screaming and they let me know, one at a time, until I had my answer ready, “I know. We will eat as soon as we get off the boat.” “I know. We will eat as soon as we get off the boat.” “I know. We will eat as soon as we get off the boat.”


It was nesting time on the river, so kindergartners were not the only youngsters out.

Wood ducks were plentiful as can be seen in this picture of poor quality. There were six fuzzy ducklings with both parents.


Here are two more.


The anhingas had youngsters. That is dad in the black suit. His kids are in the matching tan outfits. The egrets are nesting next door.



The yellow-crowned night heron youngsters were in their nest waiting for their lunch, too. They look a little more patient. Perhaps they had had a snack.


Note to self: next time bring the animal crackers to tame the tummy growlers.


Dani said...

WOW! Love the baby shots!

Floridacracker said...

Nice shots! I'm always amazed at how many of my teenage students have never been on a boat before my field trip.