This young Purple Gallinule is often seen clambering around the Fireflag plant, on his quest for the tastiest purple flowers. Always charms the passersby – so pretty, so sweet from head to tail.
I took the image above just after 7 pm in mid-September at our local refuge. The image below was taken in mid-October, at the same refuge, just after 6:30 pm – a half hour earlier than the photo above. What a difference a month makes in how the sky looks at that hour of the day.When I […]
This Limpkin was one of many who were enjoying the Apple Snails along the shoreline of Lake Kissimmee. Limpkins have a specially designed bill, the tip of which acts almost like tweezers, to pry open and extract the Apple Snail from its shell. But they also feed on insects, worms, small crustaceans, and other mussels (All […]
Northern Mockingbirds are well known for their melodious non-stop singing. They are expert mimics of other birds, and are continuously adding to their repertoire of sounds. In fact, male Mockingbirds may learn more than 200 songs over a lifetime (All About Birds).But I caught this lovely Mockingbird just resting quietly on a branch at dusk the other evening, occasionally fluffing […]
On a recent evening, we were treated to yet another beautiful sunset over one of our nearby wetland preserves.These two photos were taken just one minute apart. A few moments later, the sun disappeared completely below the horizon. This lovely scene brought to mind a verse from Psalms: “You make the lands of sunrise and sunset sing […]
Just moments before he flew off, I spotted this flashy Tri-colored Heron (sometimes still called the Louisiana Heron), in the pond this morning. Notice his slender, spear-like bill – compared to his head size, it is proportionately the longest bill of all the herons (The New Stokes Field Guide to Birds, Eastern Region, 2013). The Heron engaged in what David Sibley […]