New Computer

Feb 25, 2008 by Janine |
I probably wont be around for the next week or so because I have to move everything over to the new computer (Rich built it and it is awesome). And, this week I am taking a couple of days off for my birthday to go on a photography adventure in the wilds of Big Cypress. Target species are bear, otter, eagle, bobcat, and panther- wishful thinking on that last one!

Back soon!

Loxahatchee NWR

Feb 20, 2008 by Janine |
Paid another visit to Lox to check on the nesting Great Horned Owl.

Parent and chick both panting in 85+ degree heat. In February! It is forecast to be in the high 80's again this weekend. Meh.


The other parent standing guard nearby


Baby alligator


In other news, Tadpole laid another clutch of eggs on Sunday. I have kept her separate from Pebbles, but they can store the sperm from a single mating and fertilize up to 8 clutches of eggs. Luckily I have found a foster parent to help with all these eggs.




Valentine's Day

Feb 17, 2008 by Janine |
I brought Rich on one of my site checks for Valentine's Day.

White Pelicans, American Coots, and Blue Winged Teal. We saw thousands of Coots that day, and a local birding group visiting an ajdacent site over the weekend tallied 25,000!


Obligatory American Bittern.


There were several of these plecostomus "husks" littered around. They have tough armor plating on top and sharp spines but these had been speared in the belly. Introduced from South America, they are a nuisance species here so its good that the birds are managing to eat them.


I have never seen more than a dozen Fulvous Whistling Ducks at a time so this large flock was truly amazing.




Northern Harrier hunting rodents.

Rainy days

Feb 13, 2008 by Janine |
It has rained nonstop for the past two days. It was pretty miserable but we really did need it. Luckily I managed to get out over the weekend and take some pics before the rain started.

This Prairie Warbler was completely unconcerned as I approached. It was foraging for tiny insects among the cypresses, and would approach so closely that I couldn't focus.


Purple Gallinule. My hair used to be the same shade of purpley-blue at one point. That was when I was young and rebellious.


Female Red Winged Blackbird

Sunrise over Marshes

Feb 10, 2008 by Janine |
Got an early start and shot these sunrise pics. I put a few more on the gallery too.



I really like this one because of all the different types of bird silhouettes you can see.


Road to Nowhere:


I have never seen so many bitterns in one place. They were perfectly camouflaged in the mist and dead cattails:


Another unusual sighting, male and female Peregrines. Here's the larger female.

Osprey Nest

Feb 06, 2008 by Janine |
I went to a location in Jupiter last week to see if the Great Horned Owls were nesting again. Unfortunately, the snag that they nested on had fallen over. The good news is that a pair of ospreys decided to nest nearby.

Here's last year's GHO chick and a watchful parent:





The new resident:







Beardies

Feb 03, 2008 by Janine |
Some of you may remember my post about Pebbles, my Bearded Dragon. We thought it was a female because it never displayed any typical male behaviors: head bobbing, beard blackening, etc. Well, Pebbles stopped eating and seemed pretty bored so I decided to bring "her" to the pet store to meet a mate, thinking that companionship might bring back some appetite and interest in life.

To make a long story short, Pebbles is a male, and I ended up buying a young female friend for him. This was about two weeks ago. We named her Tadpole because she loves to swim. We keep them in separate tanks because she is so much smaller than him, and we wanted them to get used to each other (they can still see each other through the tanks).

So, a few days ago, the female stopped eating. Up until then she had eaten everything in sight and had gotten quite fat in just a few days. We didn't know what to make of it, until I picked her up and she felt "lumpy." Uh oh.

To make another long story short, she laid 15 eggs yesterday! We think she must have mated with her cage mate at the pet store. Anyway, eggs are in an incubator now, guess we wait and see what happens!

Pebbles


Tadpole


They look pretty bored here