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Saturday, July 24 2021

Gopher Tortoise

The Gopher Tortoise originated in North America 60 million years ago, making it one of the oldest living species, and they may live up to 80 years. They are a keystone species, one without which many other species would not survive.

The Gopher Tortoise share their burrows with more than 350 other species including the Eastern indigo snake, rodents, gopher frog, Florida mouse, and hundreds of invertebrates like beetles and crickets who also depend on the burrows for shelter and predator protection.

Swamp Eel

This is a photo I took but wasn't sure what it was when I took it. Once loaded to my computer and enlarged I still didn't. I sent a copy to the FWC and was told it's a Swamp Eel, a creature I didn't know existed.

Juvenile Tricolored Heron

Juvenile Tricolored Herons plumage changes in color rather dramatically from the juvenile stage, when they are mostly brown with blue accents as seen here.

Sunday, July 4 2021

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing owls, one of the smallest owls in Florida, is different than other owls as they are active during the daytime rather than at night during the breeding season. During the non-breeding season, they become more nocturnal.

White Pelicans

Brown Pelicans are year-round Florida residents, but the white pelicans migrate to Florida only during the winter.

Saturday, July 3 2021

Osprey

Osprey can sometimes be mistaken as a Bald Eagle as both have similar colors and both feed by flying over water and diving feet first to grasp fish with their talons

Friday, July 2 2021

Bald Eagle

Florida has one of the densest concentrations of nesting bald eagles in the lower 48 states, with an estimated 1,500 nesting pairs.

Brown Pelican

Other pelicans species work in flocks to corral their prey, brown pelicans have a different method of diving headfirst into the water from heights as great as 50 feet to scoop up fish near the surface.

Brown Thrasher

The Brown Thrasher is a magnificent songster that can sing more than 1,100 different song types including imitations of other birds, including Chuck-will’s-widows, Wood Thrushes, and Northern Flickers.

Juvenile White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis are brown and white as they molt into their white adult plumage.

Monday, June 28 2021

Glossy Ibis

I didn't know the Glossy Ibis existed until seeing this one in Central Florida. Apparently they don't spend time in South Florida where the White Ibis is plentiful.

Saturday, June 26 2021

Red-shouldered Hawk

I doubt I'll ever tire of seeing a magnificent Red-shouldered Hawk. In Florida, Red-Shouldered Hawks nest in a wide variety of woodland habitats, but they are particularly identified with cypress swamps and river bottomlands. Red-shouldered Hawks in the Northeast tend to be brownish overall. Florida birds have very pale, grayish heads, while those in California are very richly colored with a rusty head.

Brown Basilisk

The Brown Basilisk is also known as the Jesus lizard from the ability to walk on water. They can't really walk on water but they literally are able to run on water for short distances. Basilisks can grow as large as 2 feet in length and have the “dinosaur” look due to their head shape with a crest that stems from their skull.

The Florida Wildlife Commission isn't sure what, if any, threat brown basilisks pose to native species so they are not, at present, considered invasive.

Wednesday, June 23 2021

Brown Anole

The non-native Brown Anoles are brown to grayish in color, generally with whitish or yellowish patterning on the back. Like the Green Anole generally have an orange or red throat fan with a white edge. Although the brown anole has a shorter snout than the green anole, the two species are can be distinguished by the green anole's green or lightly patterned brown coloration and by range. It is believed that the Brown Anole lives primarily on the ground and may be forcing Green Anoles to live higher in trees than they did prior to the Brown Anoles appearance.

Green Anole

The Green Anole is the only native anole in the United States. They are small reaching around 8 inches and have the ability to change color, from bright green to brown, within a few seconds causing some people to refer to them as chameleons. They're active during the day and commonly seen on the ground and in trees displaying their protruding his bright red throat pouch while bobbing their heads to attract a female..

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