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.… Continue Reading “Iggy the Iguana iguana, 29 April 2020”

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… Continue Reading “Lyssomanes viridis, 20 April 2020”

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… Continue Reading “Pheucticus ludovicianus, 26 April 2012”

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… Continue Reading “Mniotilta varia, 08 March 2014”

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… Continue Reading “Bubulcus ibis, 17 March 2015”

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… Continue Reading “Agelaius phoeniceus, 23 May 2013”

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… Continue Reading “Corvus ossifragus, 12 May 2006”

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… Continue Reading “Anas platyrhynchos, 12 October 2008”

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… Continue Reading “Anhinga anhinga, 29 February 2020”

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. … Continue Reading “Lampropeltis elapsoides, 13 April 2020”

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… Continue Reading “Anaxyrus terrestris, 31 March 2020”

Osteopilus septentrionalis, 17 April 2020

Osteopilus septentrionalis, the Cuban treefrog; Volusia county, Florida (17 April 2020). The first of two Cuban treefrogs to finally show up on the backside of our home. I haven’t seen any in quite some time, which has been a grace to our local Hyla… Continue Reading “Osteopilus septentrionalis, 17 April 2020”

Romalea microptera, 17 April 2020

Romalea microptera, the Eastern lubber grasshopper; Volusia county, Florida (17 April 2020). A somewhat small Eastern lubber grasshopper poised for the new season. This fairly large grasshopper species can wreak havoc on gardens. This individual is a member of a population that has lived… Continue Reading “Romalea microptera, 17 April 2020”

Scincella lateralis, 05 July 2018

Scincella lateralis, the Ground skink; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). A macro-profile shot of this tiny skink species. There’s a lot of grace-in-design in that tiny little package.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scincella lateralis, 05 July 2018

Scincella lateralis, the Ground skink; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). The lovely yellow ventral colors of the Ground skink. I dig the switch to white by the neck and head. And just look at those tiny little legs! Learn more about this species… Continue Reading “Scincella lateralis, 05 July 2018”

Scincella lateralis, 05 July 2018

Scincella lateralis, the Ground skink; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). Size reference of the diminutive Ground skink. These tiny skinks are pretty good about scampering about the undergrowth under the radar. We were lucky to catch this one.  Learn more about this species at… Continue Reading “Scincella lateralis, 05 July 2018”

Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer Volusia county, Florida (18 April 2020). I remain ever-grateful for backyard snakes in this Era of Covid-19. Fifteen minutes with this snake was enough soul-mojo to carry me through the entire day. Racers are excellent. Learn more… Continue Reading “Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020”

Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer Volusia county, Florida (18 April 2020). An angled/lateral view of the racer’s scaling. This is what I call the NASCAR-shot. They remind me of really smooth tire tread. Probably risky on I-4 in the rain.  Learn more about… Continue Reading “Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020”

Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer Volusia county, Florida (18 April 2020). A young-but-now-adult Southern black racer photographed on my back patio. Rather deliciously, the racer slinked right up to me while I was sitting on the edge of the patio. For once, it… Continue Reading “Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020”

Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). Body-n-tail reference shot for Anolis cybotes. This was the first day I’d been able to get my hands on these cats (but those aren’t my hands in the picture). It was an incredible… Continue Reading “Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017”

Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). A dewlap reference shot of one of several Hispaniolan stout anoles we found on this day. This species is also commonly referenced as the Largehead anole. Learn more about this species at… Continue Reading “Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017”

Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole; Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017). A rowdy, non-native Anolis cybotes decries the Cthulhuian Nikon magic box! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Learn more about anoles at AnoleAnnals.org.

Anolis carolinensis, 05 July 2018

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). Another reference shot of this Carolina green’s wickedly-excellent patterning. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Learn more about anoles at AnoleAnnals.org.

Anolis carolinensis, 05 July 2018

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). Just check out that cray-cray patterning. The anole seemed healthy and not uber-stressed. It was one hell of a pattern/color game for this little trucker.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.… Continue Reading “Anolis carolinensis, 05 July 2018”

Anolis carolinensis, 05 July 2018

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Alachua county, Florida (05 July 2018). Carolina green anoles don’t typically have this much patterning, but, still, there’s nothing particularly unusual about such patterning. This was simply a particularly ornate Carolina green anole sporting some wickedly awesome transitional patterns!… Continue Reading “Anolis carolinensis, 05 July 2018”

Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016

Anolis equestris, the Cuban knight anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). A 45-degree tilted angle of a fairly robust Cuban knight anole clinging to a tree — as they almost always seem to do. I always feel lucky when I find one low… Continue Reading “Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016”

Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016

Anolis equestris, the Cuban knight anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). Cuban knight anoles sport an amazing array of colors and textures, especially around the eye. I can’t even count the unique combinations of textures and colors are coupled together here. Absolutely phenomenal.… Continue Reading “Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016”

Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016

Anolis equestris, the Cuban knight anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). A fantastically devilish Cuban knight anole facing down the magic Nikon box. Not to anthropomorphize anoles, but that little tank has got one seriously wicked and devious expression! Learn more about this… Continue Reading “Anolis equestris, 11 June 2016”

Anolis garmani, 11 June 2016

Anolis garmani, the Jamaican giant anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). A profile shot of a small Jamaican giant anole. This particular individual shifted its coloring from emerald green, to olive-brown, and back to a light, forest green within a minute. An impressive… Continue Reading “Anolis garmani, 11 June 2016”

Anolis garmani, 11 June 2016

Anolis garmani, the Jamaican giant anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). Looking at this in-situ shot of a fairly small giant, one might mistake Anolis garmani as being a native Anolis carolinensis from a distance. When you look closer, however, the differences between… Continue Reading “Anolis garmani, 11 June 2016”

Anolis garmani, 11 June 2016

Anolis garmani, the Jamaican giant anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016). Anolis garmani is one of the “holy grail” non-native lizards of south Florida (at least for people such as myself). They only exist in scattered, focused, and limited populations in southeast Florida.… Continue Reading “Anolis garmani, 11 June 2016”