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06 July 2008

Life on the bottoms - part 2

Great Southern White
Ascia monuste
... I think...
sipping frogfruit

(I forget) 8-}

Female Four-spotted Pennant
Brachymesia gravida

Short-billed Dowitchers
Limnodromus griseus

I wasn't terribly happy with (the quality of) these pics, but found them amusing enough to share. This Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) did an amazing Reddish Egret impression.

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
singing for his supper on a cloudy evening.

Slender(?) Gaura
Gaura filipes

fit for a Queen
Danaus gilippus


jena said...

Great pics! I can see your skills are improving over time. :) I am going to look for this place next time I'm up there.

Steve said...

The two dragonflies and the dowitchers are such good pictures! And you're right, that Tricolored Heron really is acting like a Reddish Egret.

Anonymous said...

I've been loooking for a name for that "frogfruit" for a long time, as it's very common here. I am terrible at keying out plants, and typically don't even know where to start.

Now, at least, I can get a scientific name from the common. Thanks!

SophieMae said...

Jena, thanks for noticing. 8-] I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised at how well some of the tiny critters turned out. It was quite windy down there... full 18x zoom, car running, handheld...

Steve, so glad you liked them! I'm trying to be more 'thoughtful' while shooting.

TFish, happy to have been of service. One of my favourite plant guides is The Guide to Florida Wildflowers by Walter Kingsley Taylor. Not all-inclusive, but I've learned a lot from it. If you can't find frogfruit, try its alias, carpetweed.