Monday, April 6, 2020

Anhinga


I watched an anhinga for a while.  It kept opening and stretching its mouth.
It has been hot.  I wonder if that is how it regulates its body temperature.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Grackle


Crow?  Blackbird?  No.  Some time with Google informed me that I had come upon
 a male great-tailed grackle.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Golden Trumpet Trees


Golden trumpet trees (or Tabebuia chrysotricha) are medium-sized Florida trees 
with pretty bright yellow flowers.


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Shake Your Booty

I spent some time watching a tricolored heron diving repeatedly.  








Watch.  Spot.  Dive.  Surface.  Shake, shake, shake.  Repeat.
Must have been a good fishing spot.

Shake shake shake, shake shake shake
Shake your booty, shake your booty
Oh, shake shake shake, shake shake shake
Shake your booty, shake your booty

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

School

School is a lot different this spring.  The pre-school that Willa and Hazel attend shut down (along with most everything else) in mid-March because COVID-19 is rampant where they live.  
Their parents are trying to work from home and take care of the girls at the same time.


But, sometimes the parents need a break or both have business calls at the same time.  When that happens, grandpa sometimes gets to read to them over a Facebook Portal.


The theme for April for City Daily Photo bloggers is "school."
Click here to see other interpretations.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Buckeye Butterfly


All I know about this kind of butterfly is that they seem unwilling to pose with wings spread out.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Saturday, March 28, 2020

An Eagle and an Osprey



I saw first an osprey and then an eagle at water's edge by the same house.
It took off and flew low over the ninth fairway.


A few days later I saw an eagle in the same spot.  It soon also flew low over the ninth fairway.
The eagle looked like it had something -- maybe a small bird -- in its talons.

Friday, March 27, 2020

A Tricolored Heron in its Breeding Plumage





In early spring, the faces and bills of tricolored herons turn bright blue, they grow a white plume on the back of their heads, and their body feathers are longer. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

A Gator Again


This alligator likes to sun himself in the same spot on the eighteenth hole of my golf course.
On this recent visit, he showed off his dental work.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Lantana

Last year I planted an area in the front of my house with plants that attract butterflies and bees.


They seem to like lantana especially well.  Fortunately, so do I.


The zebra longwing butterfly is the official state butterfly of Florida.  I was honored by a visit.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Killdeer


The big shorebirds are attention-getters, but I am now trying to catch some of the smaller shorebirds.
A little time with Google informed me that these are killdeers, so named
because their two-note call sounds like kill - deer.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Swallow-tailed kites

 You might have noticed that most of my recent photos are wildlife and nature. 


Given the constraints of social distancing and concern about getting or transmitting
COVID-19, I rarely venture out of the confines of my gated community in Florida.


Fortunately, it is an Audubon certified sanctuary, so wildlife and nature are plentiful.
Kites return to Southwest Florida in the spring.  Nice to see them back.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

An Egret and a Gecko


I saw a great white egret working to finish off a meal.


Ahhhhh.  Tasty.

Friday, March 20, 2020

A Bald Eagle!

There are bald eagles in my neighborhood.  It seems that all of my friends see them, but this season I had not seen one despite a lot of looking.  


Until yesterday.  This elegant bird stood calmly on a high limb of a scrub pine.  I asked it to move a bit to remove the shadows and to get a small limb out of its face, but no luck.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

A Pileated Woodpecker


I think of woodpeckers as small birds, but when we come across a pileated woodpecker, I suspect the common first reaction is "Whoa, look at that big guy!" 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

An Osprey


An osprey atop a tree flared his wings to change positions.


An angel, right?


Sunday, March 15, 2020

A Yellow House


Wandering around Aqualane Shores, a generally upscale neighborhood south of Olde Naples with lots of access to canals behind the houses, I spotted this bright yellow house screaming for attention.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Another Cow


A second cow at "Imagine" has a patriotically painted body with
 images of a flag, George Washington and a suffragette.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Imagine Cow


A store called "Imagine" has three painted cows in front.  This one has animals painted on it.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Eastern Bluebird


I always struggle to capture the small birds.  They move fast and generally hide in the foliage.
This eastern bluebird got tired of hiding and sat still for a portrait.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Englishman


The Englishman is a fine art gallery on Naples' Fifth Avenue South, with sculptures lining the entry.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Monday, March 9, 2020