Nearly Extinct Atala, Birds & Bugs & Reptiles too, Oh My (9/17/21)

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Justin,

zackiedawg wrote:

Time for another wildlife thread from the wetlands - this time, I'm posting photos taken on May 15, 2021 - a short day out as the heat and humidity were getting pretty strong by then...heat indexes had moved into the 105-110 range, and the humidity is even higher when you're standing in a swamp over hot, shallow dark water which creates a constant steam of moisture hanging over the area - it's essentially 100% humidity.

Another very nice set of pictures. It's still in the 100-105 range, even in September.

I'm looking forward to some cooler weather, and the migration to begin in a November!

If I were that hawk, I'd find that blackbirds nest, and have a feast.

Those leftovers that crow is eating looks more the the remains of a rat if you look at the feet. Basilisk lizards feet look much different.

If you follow my wildlife posts, you know red-winged blackbirds all recently had a lot of young chicks too...so that means a big, threatening red-shouldered hawk flying casually by must be chased and harassed by poppa blackbird, to get it away from the nest. The hawk commonly eats birds like this - so it's quite ballsy to see them chasing their predator so aggressively!

This fish crow had landed on the rail to claim some leftovers - probably left there from a hawk. Hard to tell just what it was, but it kind of looked like a basilisk lizard's tail - whoever the original predator was seemed to have eaten all the meat and just left the entrails - which the crow was claiming for himself

Comments, questions, and critique welcomed as ever.

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