The long sinuous neck of the Anhinga lives up to its nickname of snakebird like this female at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. The long dexterous neck comes in handy when pursuing fish underwater for a meal but the waterlogged feathers don’t help. After emerging from the water, the bird opens its wings to help dry them faster. From the OspreyWatch project.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on 11 November 2019 at 9:56 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SpaceX is developing a low latency, global broadband internet system enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites called Starlink. Click to view the launch gallery including an experimental launch video.
The planet Mercury transited across the face of the Sun over a 5.5 hour period as seen from Earth on 11 November 2019. According to NASA, transits of Mercury occur only about 13 times per century. The views below were taken during the first half of the transit from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Cloudy skies interfered with the first half of the transit, then rain obscured the last half. The smoky appearance of the Sun in some of the images is […]
Newly emerged from the chrysalis hanging next to it, a fat red-and-yellow caterpillar has undergone metamorphosis to turn into this Atala butterfly colorful in its own right. The bright red on the wings and the orange abdomen are warnings to would-be predators that they may find the Atala a bit unpalatable due to the toxins it has incorporated into its body from its larval host plant, the prehistoric Coontie.
The intent was to photograph this Pileated Woodpecker flying by until a utility pole with transformers on it abruptly became part of the scene as the camera tracked the bird and the shutter fired. This is one of the more unique objects inadvertently photographed with flying birds. Usually a tree intervenes blocking the shot instead of an industrial contraption like this.
Though it can look quite stunning with its vibrant red berries on display during the holiday season, the Brazilian Pepper, like this specimen at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, is a wide-ranging invasive plant disrupting many Florida habitats as it takes over the landscape pushing out native plants. From the OspreyWatch project.
FLASHBACK FRIDAY: A look back at a visit to the beach from earlier in the decade. A brief late afternoon visit to the beach at Bob Bruce and Janice Broda’s house allowed for some quick captures of some passing birds. Naturally, the Pelicans flew by as I was putting the camera away so I missed them. And did I mention that these photos were taken in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, next door to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, […]
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