A Land Crab (Cardisoma guanhumi) came out of its burrow around sunset and attacked my camera though it may have been an act of love rather than hate. This was shot in a mangrove wetland along the Indian River Lagoon in Indian River County, Florida. The acton is sped up to make up for the Crab’s slow movements and today’s short attention span.
The American Coot (Fulica americana) has a connection to the Roman Empire. Pliny the Elder was born in 23 AD and he died on August 25, 79 AD while helping friends escape the eruption of Mount Vesuvius near Pompeii and Herculaneum. Among his many accomplishments, which include military commander and philosopher, he is also noted as the author of the Naturalis Historia, an early encyclopedia that attempted to catalog all knowledge up to that time. Among the birds he wrote […]
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The Limpkin (Aramus guarauna), despite its name, does not really walk with a limp thought its unusual gait seems to be suggestive enough that it became its common name. And its scientific name is not much help. Aramus seems to have an unknown origin and guarauna is a local Brazilian name for the bird though it is fairly common in Florida wetlands. What people who have experienced it remember most about the bird is its scream-like call in the middle […]
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.