A leftover image from last weekend’s visit to the Stick Marsh sees this Roseate Spoonbill flying over an Alligator in the water. For more, see Stick Marsh Action in Two Parts – Part One and Part Two.
Continuing now with Part 2 of Stick Marsh Action in Two Parts. Great Egret against dark storm clouds. Head on view of a Roseate Spoonbill. Roseate Spoonbill Roseate Spoonbill Great Blue Heron walking dangerously close to an Alligator. Anhinga Snowy Egrets Roseate Spoonbill Roseate Spoonbill Great Egret Adult Roseate Spoonbill with a juvenile begging for food. Cattle Egret Great Egret Alligator Great Egret Great Egret Needless to say, the Alligators are attracted to the rookery islands on the off chance […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, Anhinga, Anhinga anhinga, Aramus guarauna, Ardea alba, Ardea herodias, Blue Cypress Conservation Area, Bubulcus ibis, Cattle Egret, Egretta thula, Fellsmere, Fellsmere Grade Road, Great Blue Heron, Limpkin, Platalea ajaja, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, St. Johns River, Stick Marsh
The Blue Cypress Conservation Area is part of the 52,671-acre Upper St. Johns River Basin Project. Drained for agriculture in the early 1900s, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is trying to reestablish a semblance of extensive wetland habitats that defined the area prior to its disruption. The Conservation Area is home to many species of wildlife, including two islands newly adopted near the Stick Marsh boat launch as rookeries for Roseate Spoonbills and other wading birds. Stick Marsh Action […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, Anhinga, Anhinga anhinga, Aramus guarauna, Ardea alba, Blue Cypress Conservation Area, Egretta thula, Fellsmere, Fellsmere Grade Road, Limpkin, Platalea ajaja, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, St. Johns River, Stick Marsh
An American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) basks in the Sun along the shore of Lake Apopka in Florida. The gator’s toothy visage was reason enough to not get out of the car at this spot.
An American Alligator basks in the warm Sun during a cold, winter day at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge perhaps dreaming of all the fun the Crocodile had that ate Captain Hook’s hand. Can you see the Alligator? The Alligator is the long, dark object at the front of the waterlogged island. Nice teeth!
Native Florida critters highlighted a Saturday morning hike through the Turkey Creek Sanctuary in Palm Bay, Florida. These creatures are adapted to the Florida heat and dry landscapes much better than their human observers, especially on this hot day. The formidable looking entrance at the trailhead belies the nearby friendly, cracker-style, exhibit-filled, nature center. Sadly, the sign is a too often seen reminder to people not to be stupid. A colorful dragonfly. A wizened Gopher Tortoise, keeper of many secrets. […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Alligator, Brevard County, Cassius Blue Butterfly, Cooter, Dragonfly, Florida, Florida Softshell Turtle, Gopher Tortoise, Northern Cardinal, Palm Bay, Peninsula Cooter, Turkey Creek Sanctuary, Zebra Longwing Butterfly
A selection of American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) images taken during a recent visit to the Orlando Wetlands Park. The Orlando Wetlands Park is a giant, artificially created wetland built to treat reclaimed water and, in a secondary use, provide living space for wildlife. The wildlife have the run of the place and it is not uncommon to find wildlife, including alligators, right up on the hiking trail.
Cleaning up the last of the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) images for now from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, mostly of gators sunning themselves in the cold air. More Alligator photos to come sometime in the future.
A continuation of Alligator Study #2, getting a better angle of one of the big gators (Alligator mississippiensis) in the dry wallow. Look at the size of that back leg! And the claws! These Alligators are enormous and are part of the fun of any visit to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge where gators can be seen roaming in the wild of the huge Refuge.
Continuing on the theme of American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, it is important to remember that they have the run of the Refuge, so when you get out of your car to walk around, be careful about walking into something like this. It could be a problem. During the cold months, the Alligators often come out of the water to maximize what heat they can get from the Sun to warm themselves.