***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Oct 2nd - 8th***

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***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Oct 2nd - 8th***

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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When posting your own images, please reply to the first post in the thread; otherwise, thread viewers using the 'threaded' view may overlook your contribution.

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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Baby Gators, Kingfisher, Bittern, Swallowtail, Parakeets

This set will wrap up March 5th, and then move to March 13th, with a nice selection of reptiles first, then a selection of birds, and a lovely bug thrown in too. All of the following were shot with the A6600 and FE 200-600mm G OSS combo, handheld, and all are posted at 1800 pixels on the long side if you view them in original size:

Starting off with a pile of baby alligators, all hanging out together in the reeds...safety in numbers, though it helps when big, toothy mom is just 8 feet away keeping a close eye out for any predators

A closeup look at the trio of baby alligators

And then really zooming in for a close look at one of the baby gators, with those cool eyes

I mentioned I had a lot of reptile shots for this thread - the cooler months here in Florida tend to draw them out to get some sun as they're cold blooded and need all the heat they can get, like this basilisk lizard

Also out were the green iguanas - though you can see they were turning up more of their black coloration to help absorb more heat from the sun (they can change colors from shades of green, brown, grey, orange, and black).

Normally elusive and hard to find birds, this male least bittern was out fishing in the open by the shore, and was starting to get nice breeding colors coming in

Looking up from the shade, you really see that rich pinkish color coming in at the base of the bill, the deeper yellow on the bill, and the chestnut warmth in the browns that indicate a breeding male bittern

Another of those birds that isn't really rare, but still seems very difficult to spot - this belted kingfisher female was sitting in the shade, about 100 feet away - but that's closer than I usually get, so despite the light challenges, I could take advantage of the 600mm lens and APS-C crop to get her in pretty close, and the tree cover helped mute the background light so her colors could stand out

Moving to the following weekend, I started off the 13th with this lovely, large butterfly - one I don't often see - the giant swallowtail!

Male red-winged blackbird perched on a tall reed, where he can watch over the wetlands

A pretty mottled duck, bobbing in the water with some nice light and reflections

This black-bellied whistling duck couple was resting in the tall weeds along the shore of the wetlands - enjoying the sun

This female northern shoveler has featured in quite a few of my posts over the past few months - it was probably the longest visit I can remember for a northern shoveler at these wetlands - from Thanksgiving weekend until late March. We're lucky to see one for a single week at this wetland!

For me it's always a treat to catch parakeets in flight. There are lots of invasive parakeets, but when they fly it's usually pretty quick. Fortunately they make a lot of noise when they fly, so I caught this large flock of Nanday black-hooded parakeets flying past

Monk, aka Quaker, parakeets are probably our most common - but the black-hooded have pretty good populations too - you can really see that black head that gives them the 'hooded' name

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Adult and Baby Gator, Fishing Birds & BIFs, Green Heron nest

And I'll post two this week to help catch up - this time I've got some fishing birds, some nesting birds, and some BIFs, one more baby alligator, and an adult alligator too.

All shots here were taken with the A6600 and FE200-600mm G OSS lens, handheld, at Wakodahatchee Wetlands on March 13th, wrapping up that day. All are posted at 1800 pixels on the long side if you view them in original size:

Tricolored herons have one of the more frantic hunting methods - where most herons and egrets sit over the water dead-still, then strike...the tricoloreds fly out over the water, legs running along the surface, often squawking and making noises all the way, then plunge their heads after the fish that try to flee all the splashing and noise

But it works for them - note he did indeed get a small fish. Tricolored herons also don't like grabbing giant fish several times larger than their head like most other herons - they usually get by eating dozens or smaller fish, constantly flying out every 20-30 seconds for a good 10-20 minutes until they've had their fill

I managed to find one more baby alligator, this one well hidden in the reeds. I heard it croaking for mom, so I was able to track down the sounds

It was a little unusual to run into an eastern phoebe deep in the forest. Usually these birds sit out in the open, on branches or small trees out in the open grasslands...but this one seemed to want to take a break out of the sun

The easiest way to tell a female least bittern from a male is that the females don't have the blacks along their head and back that the males do - they just get a chestnut brown on the upper parts, with the beige and white below. Still a very pretty bird when seen in close detail

A cattle egret heading out over the water, back to its nest with a stick to plug a hole - like most birds, they get more colorful in their breeding coat

Here's an example of a cattle egret in full breeding plumage - the red eye (usually yellow), red legs (usually greyish yellow), purple lores around the eye (normally pale yellow), and rainbow colored bill (usually yellow).

This adult alligator was cruising through the open lake, with a little camouflage (not intentional - they sometimes surface and end up bringing some floating plants along with them)

A male anhinga, looking snazzy his own self...the red eye, green lore, yellow bill, and all that white fuzz around the head are his breeding plumage

The giant wood storks don't bother with any breeding colors - they just build big, heavy nests and then stand there displaying to show potential mates just what a good home they've built for the family-to-be. Once they get a mate and eggs are placed, they constantly have to keep the nest in shape. This one was heading back with a nice branch to touch up his nest.

A green heron mom, sitting on her eggs on her nest. She seemed to be waiting for her mate - green herons will alternate nest sitting duties, so at some point the male will take over and let the female stretch her legs and wings, maybe grab a bite to eat.

Just in time, the male green heron arrived, landing nearby, letting out a few clucks to let her know he's here for his shift

Mom gets up from the nest, and walks away, leaving the eggs exposed for a few seconds - the male craned his neck up to peer over the side of the nest and make sure everything looks in good order

He then walks over to take his place on the nest

That very brief window when the two birds change shifts, just before the male settles back down, is the small chance you have to see the bright blue eggs unguarded...a second or two later, dad plops down and the eggs are out of sight again

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Beautiful Hatfield Lake (named after politician Mark Hatfield)

What passes for shoreline in the desert is our sewer ponds;-)

kill deer displaying

Greater Yellow legs

least sandpiper in a size comparison

pectoral sandpiper

whitecrowned sparrow

savanna sparrow?

long bill dowitcher

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Oct 2nd - 8th***

Still keep on doing the 6 day work weeks so limited time to head out with the camera, again an opportunity opened up Sunday morning. No real time to go exploring so just went back to the usual spot...that turned out to be dang near dead.
Ducks almost all gone off somewhere, Grebe's MIA (no way the youngsters from my last post could of flown off so something's taken them) and even the snakes were missing. 

Grey Butcherbird

Little Black Cormorant

Crested Pigeon

Little Pied Cormorant

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Re: Beautiful Hatfield Lake (named after politician Mark Hatfield)

A fine set this week steelhead. Good to see you out and about.

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Re: ***Weekly Wildlife Thread: Oct 2nd - 8th***

Regardless, four fine images Johan.  Favorites are the cormorants.

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Re: Adult and Baby Gator, Fishing Birds & BIFs, Green Heron nest

Definitely some cool images this week Justin!  My favorites are the baby alligators but also love the color of the female bittern and the GH on the eggs (I've never seen a GH nest).  Wondering why there are so few brown shore birds?

Still working on the house. And, it'll be another month or so

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