Friday, February 21, 2014

CAMERA CRITTERS, SATURDAY'S CRITTERS AND BIRD D'POT

More photos from the Everglades National Park and some of the critters we saw there.



The next two photos were taken inside the Visitor Center.






If you look carefully in the photo below, you will see an alligator resting in the water on the left, and that's a White Egret on the right.


 Some kind of wasp?  


I tried to get the correct name for this dragonfly but no luck.  So, here it is, a Red Dragonfly!



On the right is an Anhinga and on the left a Tricolored Heron.  You'll note the Anhinga swims with most of its body under the water.




You can read some fascinating facts about the Anhinga here, including why most of the Anhinga's body is under water when it swims, except for his neck.  



I overheard a Park Ranger telling a group of school children that the way you can tell a male Anhinga is by the blue around its eye.  The blue becomes more pronounced nearer mating season to attract a mate.


Now to a lady Alligator he is very handsome.


Other Alligators resting near the water, and near the trail!


There were also turtles.


I think one of them had a close call.



Doesn't that indentation in his shell look suspiciously like an Alligator's tooth?



I am joining Misty's Camera Critters 





and as I have an Anhinga, the Tricolored Heron and even though its in the distance, a White Egret in this post, I am also linking to 



  Thank you for hosting these great memes ladies.

28 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

ouch! good thing chicks dig scars. ;)

Yael from Home Garden Diggers said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. These are some lovely photos. I when we visited Florida, I was so taken by the Anhinga that I couldn't stop photographing it. They are so beautiful.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

Elephant's Child said...

Love the turtles, the insects and the birds. And view the alligators with a (very) healthy respect.

Cloudia said...

what a marvelous hike!


ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great Everglades series. Your photos are fabulous! I once posted an alligator eating a turtle. (Was kind of surprised I had any followers left after that ;>)!)

Pauline said...

This looks like a great walk. certainly a lot to see. Don't know if I would feel comfortable that close to a alligator, even close enough to use the zoom would be too close for me. Love the turtles and the reminder that life is tough for so many creatures.

Carole M. said...

sure some variety here and don't those Darters (as we call them), move fast in the water?!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Wow, a red dragonfly!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Poor babies!
Lovely photos!
I've never heard of a swimming bird!
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

William Kendall said...

I've seen a bird up here- I have no idea what the type is- that swims with most of its body submerged. I didn't know there were other types doing that.

The gators in particular look like kings and queens of their domain. Magnificent shots!

Brian King said...

Nice shots! I'd like to see some gators in the wild. Great photos of the Anhinga!

Sandy Carlson said...

I love the photos of the turtles. Looks like that one fellow sure did have a tough moment!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi, Thanks for sharing more from the Everglades with us. I'm in love with the male Anhingas... GORGEOUS...
Hugs,
Betsy

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I thought that Cormorants were prehistoric-looking birds till I read about Anhingas. We don't have any of them over this side of the ocean, more's the pity. You photos bring the area to life for me.

Gail Dixon said...

Love the anhinga! I saw my first one two years ago. He had bright blue around the eye...did not know it meant he is a male. Learning something new every day. Great collection of shots. Wow.

Debbie said...

WoW....what a huge varity of critters today denise!!

the spread eagle cormorant was my favorite but they are all wonderful!!

SeagullSuzie said...

It's so lovely to see the wildlife of another country, the Anhinga is a strange bird-such big wings to swim like that, and I agree that looks like a gator tooth mark on the very lovely turtle.

Phil Slade said...

The Everglades look absolutely huge - big enough to swallow a small English county? Wonderful shots and close up of the Anhinga, and yes that sure looks an alligator imprint and a close shave for the turtle.

Rajesh said...

Very scenic place with so much wild life to see.

lina@happy families said...

An awesome place with so many critters. Enjoying your photos, Denise. Love them all.
Poor turtle. Should be more careful next time.

Christian Weiß said...

Beautiful obeservations and animals.

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! What a varied set of beautiful nature photos ~thanks ~ Happy Weekend to you ~

artmusedog and carol
www.acreativeharbor.com

eileeninmd said...

Denise, Great variety of critters. The Anhinga's eye is beautiful. I feel sorry for the turtle with scarred shell. The gators are cool..from a distance. Wonderful series of photos. Thank you for linking up to my Saturday's Critter party. Have a happy weekend!

Linda said...

Interesting series. Love the anhinga!

Huldra said...

Wow.. I would really love to have been in you shoes at that moment. Nice pictures of a wonderful place. Thank goodness for that hardtop shell on that turtle.. :)

Mary said...

Your shots are all gorgeous! What a beautiful area! And all these animals! Fascinating!

Anni said...

What an incredible journey through the Everglades....really, this was a marvelous post. Great photos, fabulous territory...and wonderful commentary.

Kay said...

I can't get over all these close-ups you got. They're all so clear and perfect! Wow!