Insects, an anole, and a fish from a few hours spent in the pollinator garden at Audubon House on Saturday morning with gusty wind making photography difficult as the insects whipped around on the weather-agitated plants.
A collection of Cloudless Sulphur sightings in the Audubon House pollinator garden at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. The entire life cycle of this butterfly is taking place in and around the garden with different individuals in different life stages to be found. For starters, here are examples of the adult Cloudless Sulphur attracted to the nectar of their favorite plants in the garden. The erratic flight of Phoebis sennae is thought to be a protection from predators, especially birds.
Two days of visits to the Padgett Creek Ranches, made up of the Long Shadows Ranch and the Triple S Ranch in Indian River County, did not provide the bonanza of wildlife photos as in the past. Most likely due to the extreme cold weather that befell the first day and was still lingering around on the second. A conservation easement protects 1,600 acres around Padgett Creek, part of the headwaters to the St. Johns River that flows northward up […]
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A Tricolored Heron, formerly known by the more Cajun name of Louisiana Heron, could not be more agreeable to posing during a visit to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. Viva Egretta tricolor!
A rather somber-looking Northern Mockingbird seen at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday morning. Famed for their mimicry of calls by other bird species, this individual was rather quiet.
A few photos of a Zebra Longwing butterfly in the Audubon House pollinator garden at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area in Indian River County, Florida. Aside from the butterfly’s flighty nature, these images were also hampered by a brisk wind blowing the butterfly in and out of frame when it alighted on a plant. In the image below note the large clumps of yellow pollen sticking to the butterfly’s proboscis as it probes a flower for nectar and pollen. According […]