Here he is in action.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The Giant Swallowtail Butterfly lives in wooded areas, especially near Citrus trees. I have 5 in my yard, and several wild orange and tangerine trees nearby. A few miles away are Orange Groves.
I find the larger butterflies harder to photograph. They do a lot of fluttering and very little sitting still.
With a wingspan of about 5”, they are easily spotted. They also seem more wary of my camera. I can see several flitting around….until I step outside.
The underside is very pretty. At first you’d think you were looking at a yellow butterfly.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I noticed the adult Wrens were acting a bit different today. They both sat on the railings or nearby and were very vocal. I decided to watch them as closely as I could, incase they were trying to coax the babies out to join them.
This is the most I have seen of the babies. They usually stay way back from the entrance. So….maybe today is the day. I had to build a blind and all pictures are taken through a window screen…and there is window screen just beyond the nest. That’s why there seem to be so much checkered background. Several hours later I heard the parents singing again so..back to the blind.
It would have been nice if I were sitting down…my feet are getting tired, as well as my arms. But I cant give up now. It was worth the wait. Here come the first one.
While I am taking pictures…I am also trying to get a bit of video.
Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I know there are at least 2 still there, possibly the third one also.
I see “Mom” or “Dad” flying away from the nest with a ball of white, every now and then. I believe this is the babies droppings. When I had the orphan baby wrens for a night, it was easy to clean up after them. The droppings were like a small bag of white. Nature has a great way of taking care of itself.
I can see the nest from my easy chair. I have to keep a close watch if I want to see them leave.
I really like these little Wrens. They are not as pretty as the Indigo Buntings or the Painted Buntings, ( I have one coming to my feeder now) that spend the winter here…but they are still a cute little bird and fun to watch.
Friday, August 21, 2009
The light angle wasn’t very good. I couldn’t get the true deep color.
Nature has it all over us…we still can’t design an airplane or helicopter that is as efficient as a dragonfly.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I spent part of the morning walking around the yard trying to get a good shot of a butterfly.
While looking for more of them…I spotted this spider. I don’t really like these….they jump. Once as a kid I saw one sitting on the side of the barn. I passed within 3 ft of it and the next thing I knew it was on my neck. Haven't liked them since. Not a big spider fan anyways..but I leave them alone as long as they stay outdoors. It retreated back into the fold of the leaf and this was the only shot I was able to get.
This skipper isn’t much more than an inch long.
Friday, August 14, 2009
but I much prefer the green.
The brown Anoles remain brown, while the green Anoles can turn to brown and back to green.
This male is trying to attract a female. The Anole below has a ridge of skin up his back and onto his head. You can see it better in the first picture in the post….I don’t see any on the one above. I’ll have to research and see if I have 2 different species.
They live here. I’d rather they were all the green ones….but they are here to stay, I guess. They spend most of their time on the bases of the trees or on my fence. Probably because they blend in with the brown much better. I spot the green ones in the trees and bushes, where their cover is mainly green.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I am finally learning to take my camera every time I go out the door.
My husband had just finished replacing a few new parts on his ‘27 Model T and he wanted to take it for a test run. I had to return a few items to my friend, Debbie, so we stopped and visited for a bit. On our way out I spotted a Butterfly that I hadn’t photographed yet.
I believe it is a male Queen Butterfly. Very pretty. I really like this one.
He was trying very hard not to let me get any good shots.
I wasn’t able to get very close.
Maybe next time .
Saturday, August 1, 2009
We have a pretty good canal system, here in the Hammock. It drains most of the water to the lake. I took a bike ride to see if I could get a picture of the 4 –5’ gator I had seen a few days ago. No luck but did see this male Eastern Pondhawk.
Very pretty blue. He wouldn’t turn and look at me. but, you can see his head is a dark green.
It looks like his “helmet” has green dots around the edge. It’s amazing how they are put together.