Month: April 2020

Iggy the Iguana iguana, 29 April 2020

Iguana iguana, the Green iguana (Iggy, our pet iguana); Volusia county, Florida (29 April 2020). Iggy the Iguana joined our family in March of 2017. The little pirate originally hailed from a neighborhood line of shrubs nestled in the South Miami portion of Miami-Dade county….

Pelidnota punctata, 29 April 2020

Pelidnota punctata, the Grapevine beetle; Volusia county, Florida (29 April 2020). I do so adore Grapevine beetles. Awesomely tan carapace with neonic, blue eyes. You’ve got to look close, though… They’re easy to ignore from afar.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Lyssomanes viridis, 20 April 2020

Lyssomanes viridis, the Magnolia green jumping spider; Volusia county, Florida (20 April 2020). I found this Magnolia green jumping spider rooting around the edge of our garage last week. This is the first Magnolia green I’ve seen at our home in Ormond Beach. It was…

Cardinalis cardinals, 20 May 2004

Cardinalis cardinalis, the Northern cardinal; Lake county, Florida (20 May 2004). An early-digital-era snapshot — and still one of my favorites. This cat was ruffled and ruffled! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Cyanocitta cristata, 20 January 2006

Cyanocitta cristata, the Blue jay; Volusia county, Florida (20 January 2006). Amazingly, this is the one and only shot I have of a Blue jay, a bird forever etched into my rotating playlists courtesy the Beatles.   Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Spizella passerina, 17 March 2012

Spizella passerina, the Chipping sparrow; Lowndes county, Georgia (17 March 2012). We caught the attention of a few Chipping sparrows with our backyard bird feeder during our time in Valdosta. Agreeable little chippers they were.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Hirundo rustica, 08 May 2009

Hirundo rustica, the Barn swallow; Monroe county, Florida (08 May 2009). A classically terrible composition (I’ll blame the Dry Tortugas daylight) made a bit more interesting with quite a bit of highlight and shadow adjustments! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Geothlypis trichas, 23 April 2006

Geothlypis trichas, the Common yellowthroat; Brevard county, Florida (23 April 2006). A funky, chunky little bowling ball of feathers, texture, and grit. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pheucticus ludovicianus, 26 April 2012

Pheucticus ludovicianus, the Rose-breasted grosbeak; Lowndes county, Georgia (26 April 2012). We only had one visit from Rose-breasted grosbeaks at our bird feeder in Valdosta — at least only one visit that I noticed. I would’ve liked to have seen more! A really attractive…

Aythya affinis, 31 March 2012

Aythya affinis, the Lesser scaup; Brevard county, Florida (31 March 2012). A copious number of Lesser scaups at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. They are, as is often the case, legion.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Spatula clypeata, 31 March 2012

Spatula clypeata, the Northern shoveler; Brevard county, Florida (31 March 2012). A well organized triple-set of Northern shovelers cruise through the shallows of Merritt Island National WildlifeRefuge.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Dryobates pubescens, 25 May 2012

Dryobates pubescens, the Downy woodpecker; Collier county, Florida (25 May 2012). A downy woodpecker pecking and poking — as they relentlessly tend to do. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Butorides virescens, 23 May 2013

Butorides virescens, the Green heron; Brevard county, Florida (23 May 2013). Not as common as many of their heron/egret brethren, this is a fairly small Green heron perched within a thicket of tangles, as is often the case.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Setophaga palmarum, 27 December 2013

Setophaga palmarum, the Palm warbler; Miami-Dade county, Florida (27 December 2013). Check out this little fluffy bulb of butter! I love the sprawled perch stance.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Mniotilta varia, 08 March 2014

Mniotilta varia, the Black-and-white warbler; Miami-Dade county, Florida (08 March 2014). I wasn’t quite able to get the shot I wanted with this rapid-fire, jittery little warbler, but I did manage to snag a couple of decent reference shots. The black and white trim was…

Bubulcus ibis, 17 March 2015

Bubulcus ibis, the Cattle egret; Volusia county, Florida (17 March 2015). Oh, man, do I love Cattle egret. They’re so-named because they love to hang around cattle in fields, picking and poking about for an arthropodic snack, but they also seem to sometimes enjoy the…

Mimus polyglottos, 24 May 2019

Mimus polyglottos, the Northern mockingbird; Brevard county, Florida (24 May 2019). A Northern mockingbird perched before an infinity of blue. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Agelaius phoeniceus, 23 May 2013

Agelaius phoeniceus, the Red-winged blackbird; Brevard county, Florida (23 May 2013). The Red-winged blackbird seems to be extremely abundant around Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Brevard county, Florida. At least it was? I haven’t been back down there in a few clicks. Learn more…

Setophaga coronata, 15 March 2014

Setophaga coronata, the Yellow-rumped warbler; Lake county, Florida (15 March 2014). Forget the “yellow rump,” check out that slick little yellow pattern on the head! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Corvus ossifragus, 12 May 2006

Corvus ossifragus, the Fish crow (presumably); Monroe county, Florida (12 May 2006). I went through the ringer/wringer a few years back trying to decide if this was a Fish crow or a standard American crow. Picked up a few extra vote leaning towards the…

Aix sponsa, 28 May 2017

Aix sponsa, the Wood duck; Lake county, Florida (28 May 2017). Easily one of my favorite Anseriformes, this is a rather slick Wood duck trekking about the grassy shallows of Lake county, Florida.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Dendrocygna autumnalis, 07 June 2013

Dendrocygna autumnalis, the Black-bellied whistling duck; Orange county, Florida (07 June 2013). A Black-bellied whistling duck standing sentry on the edge of Trimble Park — which is itself on the edge of Orange and Lake counties.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anas platyrhynchos, 12 October 2008

Anas platyrhynchos, the Mallard; Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska (12 October 2008). A mallard slinks about Cheney Lake in Anchorage, Alaska, as Fall begins to slide into Winter. Each winter season, a handful of mallards would stay behind in Anchorage. A tough gig.  Learn more…

Anhinga anhinga, 29 February 2020

Anhinga anhinga, the Anhinga; Lake county, Florida (29 February 2020). Another shot of this Anhinga’s most-excellent plumage. Love those whispy feathers.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anhinga anhinga, 29 February 2020

Anhinga anhinga, the Anhinga; Lake county, Florida (29 February 2020). One of the more-commonly seen of Florida’s birds, Anhingas are nearly omnipresent around the state’s varied freshwater systems. This one was decked out along the edge of Lake Dora in Lake county, Florida. There’s nearly…

Anhinga anhinga, 29 February 2020

Anhinga anhinga, the Anhinga; Lake county, Florida (29 February 2020). An Anhinga sporting rather punkish (and most-excellent) plumage at the launch of spring! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Lampropeltis elapsoides, 13 April 2020

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the Scarlet kingsnake; Volusia county, Florida (13 April 2020). My favorite shot to come out of this crash-bang little photo session with the Scarlet kingsnake in my backyard. Those colors are downright intoxicating. Scarlet kings remain at the top of the beauty list. …

Lampropeltis elapsoides, 13 April 2020

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the Scarlet kingsnake; Volusia county, Florida (13 April 2020). A generally-MEH photograph of the genuinely-DAYUM! Scarlet kingsnake. I’m always delighted to find one of these in my backyard.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Lampropeltis elapsoides, 13 April 2020

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the Scarlet kingsnake; Volusia county, Florida (13 April 2020). This shot didn’t quite come out as clearly as I’d hoped, but, hey, I’ll take it. I’m a massive fan of the non-venomous Scarlet kingsnake.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anaxyrus terrestris, 31 March 2020

Anaxyrus terrestris, the Southern toad; Volusia county, Florida (31 March 2020). A somewhat grainy iPhone reference shot of a Southern toad in our little rock-line “garden.” We haven’t had very many Southern toads in recent years, but I can hear them calling elsewhere in the…