A female Pileated Woodpecker seen hard at work foraging for insects by tearing the bark off the old oak trees in front of Audubon House. Her raucous pounding and all the debris falling to the ground were hard to miss, which made her easy to find. Dryocopus pileatus about to fly away.
A quick afternoon walk on the first truly cool day of Florida’s short, but desperately appreciated, Fall-WInter season found a lot of insect activity along Oslo Road where it cuts through the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. The insects were out and about appreciating the cool weather just as much as everyone else. White Peacock Butterfly Green Orchid Bee Green Orchid Bee Honey Bee Honey Bee Honey Bee Dragonfly Bumble Bee
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After much effort and dashing about, this Tricolored Heron splashes away gripping a little fish for a tiny meal at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. From the OspreyWatch project.
A female Katydid, note the brownish ovipositor curling up from the end of the abdomen into the wings, rests on a palm frond along the South Oslo Riverfront Front scrub trail. This is possibly the common Fork-tailed Bush Katydid. Clearly visible on this Katydid’s front leg is the dark oval tympanum surrounded by red. This is the eardrum allowing the Katydid to hear sounds, especially mating calls, and there is a matching one on the other front leg.