Traci C. (NDM#118) (37 Posts)

Traci was born and raised in Ohio, but has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was 18 months old (in 1974)!! She has always had a special place in her heart for all things Disney, but especially loves Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, and her favorite princess - Cinderella. Traci spent her childhood visiting the Magic Kingdom for just one day every summer (her grandparents lived in Tampa, Fla.). It wasn't until 2003 that she finally was able to stay "on property" .. and now visits at least once a year (more if she's lucky). The family's favorite resort - Beach Club. The love of Disney runs deep in Traci's house - her daughters love all things Disney and are always looking for "hidden Mickeys" (and both been counted as NDKs). And her husband? Well, he's almost as Disney-obsessed as the girls. One of these days the family hopes to make the move south to be closer to The Mouse (and away from the cold, snowy Ohio winters).

Walt Disney World offers Guests unique opportunities to observe a wide variety of wildlife at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  But there are also a fair amount of native “squatters” to be seen in all of the parks.  Keep your eyes open and you’ll see anhinga, great egrets, snowy egrets, cute little lizards and frogs (hint: check out the lily pond in EPCOT’s China) and this guy – the little blue heron.  Herons are closely related to egrets, a fact that is never so evident as when they are juveniles, for they are actually snowy white before they reach maturity.  A mature little blue heron will have a blue-gray body but the neck and head are purplish when they are breeding.  Non-breeding plumage is uniformly bright blue, like our friend here, whom I captured having a rest in one of the EPCOT lagoons several years back.   CLICK HERE to see more colorful birds from Walt Disney World.

Contributed by: Erin is one of our roaming DDL photographers and creator of My Mobile Adventures.


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