The Red-crested Turaco is a native of Central Africa and looks like some kind of delicious confection. According to SeaWorld: Turacos are the only birds to possess true red and green color. When you look at most birds, the color you are seeing is a reflection produced by the feather structure. The turaco’s red pigment (turacin) and green pigment (turacoverdin) both contain copper. In fact, if you stirred a glass of water with a red turaco feather, the water would […]
A fenceless island is home to the Ring-tailed Lemurs at the Brevard Zoo. Since they can’t swim, the Lemurs, endangered in their Madagascar homeland, live a J.G. Ballard-esque sort of existence at the Zoo under perpetual observation from mobs of visitors passing close by on an elevated boardwalk with both sides being able to do nothing more than look at the other. For some this could be a problem but for others it seems to be no problem at all.
One of the highlights of a recent visit to the Brevard Zoo was seeing the Meerkats. These highly social natives of the deserts of the southern part of the African continent primarily eat insects but will chow down on plants and small animals given the circumstance or the opportunity. As part of the highly developed social nature of the clan, this Meerkat is acting as a sentinel for the others to warn of any danger that might approach. A social […]
A two day old report about a Sacred Ibis being spotted at the West Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility in Indian River County piqued my interest so I set out after work to see if I could find the bird. Here is a small sampling of other wildlife seen on the long hike around the Facility while trying to locate the Sacred Ibis. Skittish American Coots make a splashy exit whenever anyone draws too near. They never go very far, though, […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Africa, American Coot, Ancient Egypt, Blue-winged Teal, Florida, Great Egret, Green Heron, Hurricane Andrew, Indian River County, non-native, River Otter, Sacred Ibis, Sandhill Crane, Soft-shell Turtle, South Florida, Tricolored Heron, West Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, White Ibis
Photos of the air potato leaf-feeding beetle, Lilioceris cheni, brought from China to Florida in an attempt to control invasive air potato vines before they smother all of Florida, are seen here hard at work at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). When the air potato plant was first brought to Florida from Asia and Africa, it had no natural predators so now, if the beetles take hold, things may change. The beetles have started to reproduce naturally in their […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Africa, air potato, air potato plant, air potato vine, Asia, beetle, bulbil, China, Florida, Indian River County, leaf-feeding, Lilioceris cheni, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, potato, Vero Beach
The 18 October 2013 full Moon—known as the Hunter’s Moon being the first full moon after the Harvest Moon—moved tonight through the Earth’s outer shadow—known as a penumbral lunar eclipse—with the best viewing being from Asia and Africa. I tried to catch the last part of the eclipse as the Moon rose this evening but the shading was so subtle I did not really see anything other than getting some nice pictures of a full Moon from the beach. Once […]