Snakes, Lizard, Turtle, Gator, Birds & BIFs (7/21/19)

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Snakes, Lizard, Turtle, Gator, Birds & BIFs (7/21/19)

Back to the wetlands again - I took a break in between wetlands posts to share some backyard wildlife, but still working to get more caught up on the wetlands.  Last wetlands thread were shots taken on May 4, so this week we're moving forward to May 11th.

I've got a pretty mixed up assortment of stuff this go-around - with gators, snakes, lizards, turtles, plus birds and BIFs.  All taken at Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Cay Wetlands, and all taken with the A6300 and FE100-400mm combo.  All shots posted at 1400 pixels on the long side if you click the originals:

An alligator, cruising through the water mostly submerged except the eyes and nose - but from above, you can still see the rest of the alligator under there

A great blue heron moving through the tall reeds

A beautifully colored corn snake, coiled up in a tree and trying to have a nap

Closer shot of Mr. Corn snake and his many coils

He wasn't the only one in that tree though - just above him, also coiled up and resting, was another corn snake - just a few inches away

A red-winged blackbird chick wandering from the nest

Momma red-winged blackbird was just above in the reeds, keeping an eye on her chick

A green heron, dropping the wings down to catch a little sun on the underbelly.  Despite the crazy heat, the birds sometimes try to heat up their bellies, probably to try to burn out the fleas or ticks they can't get to

Green iguanas normally bask in the sun to stay warm, but when it's over 90 degrees in the shade, no need to be in the direct they'll stretch out on a branch in the shade like this youngster

A least bittern, perched atop the roof of one of the boardwalk's metal shelters - clearly he and other birds have perched there MANY times, given the 'evidence' left on the green roof

A beautifully colored tricolor heron, in nice light, with the waters reflecting the blue sky and green floating plants to make for a colorful backdrop

So nice, I shot it twice.  This time, portrait orientation just to try something different

A Florida softshell turtle in the shallow water, coming up for a breath

A big wood stork, actually a juvenile but grown to full size, coming back to land

A cattle egret coming in to land against a clear blue sky - still showing the mating colors in his face and head

Comments, questions, and critique welcomed as ever.

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