***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Feb 18th - 24th***

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***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Feb 18th - 24th***
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It's time to post your wildlife images, and view & comment on everyone else's wildlife images!

All wildlife not contained or restricted (NO Pets or Zoo Animals please).

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And please feel free to view and comment on the wildlife photos you see, to keep the thread friendly and active!

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Assorted Small birds, water birds, lizards, rabbit
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A variety of wetlands stuff from mid-December, taken around Green Cay Wetlands and Wakodahatchee Wetlands as usual, with the A6300 and FE100-400mm lens combo.

All shots posted at 1400 pixels on the long side if you click the originals:

Northern mockingbird hiding out in the forest

Grey catbird doing the same thing - just out of the bright sunlight as they like to do

Green heron, standing in the shallows and showing off his colors and patterns

Not often seen around here, a big pileated woodpecker, who stopped on the side of a pine tree as I was walking out to the parking lot - I had about 3 seconds to notice him, pick up the lens, aim, focus, and fire.  The next frame I shot was him blurring off into the distance on wing

Female blue-winged teal cruising through the calm waters

Grey-headed swamphen using those big feet to pull down reeds and leaves, both to climb them and to bend them over to get at the roots, which is the only part they like to eat

Green heron, standing quietly in the reeds and panting a bit in the heat

Grey-headed swamphen climbing to the top of a heap of reeds, using his wings to balance and assist in the climb

Double-crested cormorant sitting on a high branch with the sky as a backdrop

His close cousin, the anhinga, showing off some mating feathers along the neck and the green patch beginning to come in around the eyes

An anhinga with her green mating colors, popping up from under the water with a nice fish lunch

An extremely neon, nuclear green baby iguana - they are really bright and vivid when they're young

Not to be outdone by the anhinga, this great blue heron scored an even larger fish for his lunch, befitting his larger size!

Red-bellied woodpecker high in the trees, showing off that red belly that gives them the name

Cute marsh rabbit, chewing up the scenery as rabbits will do!

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in the cattails
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Red Wing black bird males are back

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Feb 18th - 24th***
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Some from a couple of weeks ago.  A-68 and 70-400mm G2.

Red Fox in a wood pile

Red-shouldered Hawk

Piebald munching dead leaves

Doe grooming

Piebald - ears perked

Young deer in a meadow

Doe behind a sapling

Great Blue Heron - Links Pond

GBH from the other side

Young Red-shouldered Hawk on a thin limb

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Re: in the cattails

A nice pair.  I've seen a couple of the RWBBs at our feeder lately, but haven't snagged a shot.

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Re: Assorted Small birds, water birds, lizards, rabbit

Another fine set Justin. Nice grab of the pileated, but my favorites are the swamphen climbing, the anhinga with fish and the GBH with fish - huge!  Nice capture of the bunny too.  I don't see many rabbits.

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Through my window
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Re: in the cattails

Very nice - I love the cattails - for some reason when I first moved to Florida we had lots of those in our western wetlands, but I almost never see them anymore - taken over mostly by grasses, saw reeds, fireflag, and smaller trees.  The mergansers are always a beauty to see - and nice pose captured on the red-wing too.

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Feb 18th - 24th***

Very nice shots - especially the first hawk shot and that closeup of the piebald staring at you.  The GBH also looks nice and fairly close - I seem to recall yours aren't quite as tolerant of people walking right up to them like ours are!

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Very cool bird and nice colors on him - wish I had such a bird out my window!

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Fallen baby spotted dove and it's parent

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Re: Fallen baby spotted dove and it's parent

Hope it's parent would continue to feed it.

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Feb 18th - 24th***

A couple from a tour of Tower Hill

Baby Fantail - I think!

Swamp Hen Silhouette

Two Jenny Wrens (females) telling a Superb Blue (male) Wren to wrack off!

Local Seal ... curious about who was on the boat!

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Re: Fallen baby spotted dove and it's parent

It's getting stronger.

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Feb 18th - 24th***

Slim pickings in my usual reserve nowadays, not much rain lately so the ponds are running low on water and everything is tinder dry.

It's usually a hot spot for Azure Kingfishers but lately they have been in hiding, could only find the one today and it didn't want to co-operate

Azure Kingfisher

Did however find a few Sacred Kingfishers, including one young bird having itself a cracker of a feed.

Juvenile with a Cicada

Not one to pass up a portrait when presented I couldn't walk past these 2.

Pied Currawong

Nosebleed slow on the shutter speed for that one, OS and a stable elbows on knees stance saved the day.

Little Pied Cormorant

And lastly one that's turned into my Nemesis bird, always shows up when the light is absolutely crap and I'm hopelessly unprepared. Spotted over the yard as I was pulling into the driveway and had to jog in to get the camera.

Square-tailed Kite

It's been a regular visitor over the house around this time of the year for the last 4 years running now and without fail it's 99% of the time overcast and around 3pm with the sun way overhead.

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Really nice series... thanks for sharing them. I really like the big bird with the big fish, has me wondering how he gets it off the end of his beak and into his mouth without dropping it

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Feb 18th - 24th***

Great images Ed! Especially like ones of the hawk...

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Re: Fallen baby spotted dove and it's parent

Finally got the skill and strength to get away. (Cellphone photo)

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Beautiful set: Great colors and nice and sharp! (nt)

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Feb 18th - 24th***
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Not often I get a chance for 2 walks in the same week but with the wife doing a morning shift today I grabbed the camera and went for it.

Bell Miner

Australasian Swamphen

Azure Kingfisher....and mooning Swamphen

Juvenile Black-shouldered Kite

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