This Week's Wildlife Travels

May 30, 2008 by Janine |
I am fond of nighthawks and their boomerang shaped wings. Last year I fostered Aldous Hawksley, a baby that was dislodged from its nest at the office. They nest on inhospitable rock, sand, and gravel, where they and their eggs are perfectly camouflaged.

This one decided a scrap of fabric would be easier on the feet than the baking rock:


Their feathers have such fascinating texture and I love their tiny feet:


Wildlife in general has been more abundant this week due to the onset of the summer rains.

Mangrove snake in the salt marsh:


Green Heron


Double Crested Cormorant


Alligator

Reptiles

May 28, 2008 by Janine |
Did another reptile photo shoot this weekend. Filled all my memory cards! I will be working on these for a while.

Here are a couple I worked on today:







Tadpole continues to improve. She is a lot more active now and eating on her own. I bought some silkworms online last week. They finally arrived today and she loves them! They are more healthy for her than the mealworms from the pet store, so my next project will be to set up silkworm breeding so I have a constant supply. I also bought her some hornworms, which are big green caterpillars. So far no interest in them.

Back to Wildlife

May 24, 2008 by Janine |
For the most part. First a quick Tadpole update, she is not showing any ill effects from her medication except seeming a bit grumpy. She takes mealworms from me in the morning. Today I found her with some veggies on her face, so even if she didnt eat any at least she was showing some interest.

Here are some photos from the last couple of weeks, taken at various locations.

Cooperative Green Heron posing:









Here you can see why the Anhinga is sometimes referred to as "water turkey"



Peacock displaying:





Brown Basilisk. Another exotic reptile that has become naturalized in South Florida.

Tadpole Update

May 21, 2008 by Janine |
Yesterday I took Tadpole to a vet that specializes in reptiles and found out that she has several types of parasites: worms, amoebas, trichomonas, and some other stuff I probably should have written down! Plus her liver is inflamed, probably due to the parasites. And to top it all off, she is ovulating!

Anyway the vet was very knowledgeable and said that Tadpole is in pretty good shape otherwise, even after laying so many eggs, so she should be able to pull through. She prescribed some meds which will be very tough on her system but doing nothing is not an option after what happened with Pebbles. I got some probiotics for her which she will need after the course of antibiotic to get her digestive flora back in balance. She seems a little better today and even ate a mealworm! So I am more optimistic about her condition.

In completely unrelated news, last night I went to see my favorite band, Type O Negative, in Ft. Lauderdale. It was awesome! Here's a crappy cell phone pic:



Normal service should resume this weekend when I finally have time to go through some pictures and post the usual wildlife photo type stuff!

Another week

May 17, 2008 by Janine |
Sad news, Pebbles died last week. I had him about 3 years. Plus, I am going to get Tadpole to the vet to get checked out because she has stopped eating for the last four days. I dont know if she may have caught something from him, or if she misses him, or if lizards even miss each other. Luckily she has not laid any more eggs since clutch five last month so she seems in good health otherwise.

This is the last picture I have of them together, taken a few weeks ago. Its a phone pic so not the best quality but its all I have. :(



I will probably end up adopting one of Tadpole's babies eventually.

In other news, I took my mom to the Redland Orchid Show today. It was HOT! (Another heat record was broken today, 94 in Miami). The orchid show was good, I bought a few fragrant varieties and some supplies. It was a nice outing that I had been looking forward to for a while, so it helped offset some of the less-good things that have been happening lately.

Orchid

May 11, 2008 by Janine |
Lately I have developed an interest in orchids. I think it started when I realized that some of them had a fragrance.
I bought this one at Home Depot. It was a sad little thing in a mesh bag. It was labled as a Brassavola hybrid. Three weeks later:



The fragrance is more noticeable in the mornings. I have some others but they are not in bloom right now.

I am taking my mom to an orchid show next week. Hopefully I will be able to find a couple more fragrant varieties.

Here's a shot of our bicolor blenny. His name is "Bleonard" and he enjoys hiding in his barnacle cave.





Snakes

May 08, 2008 by Janine |
A friend of mine is getting into the reptile breeding business. I photographed some of her snakes over the weekend. I didnt write down the species for each one so I will have to find out who is who.



Reticulated python (the only one I know!)




The best picture so far, I think. The snake is posed on a piece of varnished driftwood that I have as the centerpiece on my dining table! (No snakes on my dining table, only driftwood)


She has a lot more that I didnt have time to do this time but I will be going back soon. I also have about 150 pictures to go through from this last session, I am hoping there are 20-30 keepers. I am very pleased with the driftwood photos and will use it again in future.

Its been extremely hard to find time for my pictures, been very busy at work. This week I have been at a conference for Aquatic Weed Control which was a lot of fun, and very informative. I have a couple of days off coming up later this month which will hopefully allow me to catch up on my photo editing. I have a bunch from last month that I still need to go through!

Beach

May 04, 2008 by Janine |
Here are a few shots from John U. Lloyd beach in Dania.

Ruddy Turnstone foraging for sand fleas:


Pretty sure this is a semipalmated plover:


Yellow Crowned Night Heron posing for us:

This Week's Baby Pictures

May 01, 2008 by Janine |


I could be a thumb model.