Sunday, April 06, 2008

Snapping Turtle at Cooper Park

A large Common Snapping Turtle blended in so well with the mud in the stream running through the wetland at Cooper Park in Tazewell County, Illinois that I almost didn't see it. On our return trip he had disappeared without a trace, the pond scum hadn't moved at all, just a space empty of scum where he had been lying.
 

 

A Downy Woodpecker created quite a rucous as it hunted for bugs. His call got my attention before I saw him fly past into a tree near the board walk.
 
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1 comment:

LindaSueBuhl said...

Most definitely wouldn't want that turtle to snap onto ME! Beautiful woodpecker - spring time is definitely upon us all.