Broad-Winged Hawk

What a treat to capture not one but two of these hawks while I was in Tampa!

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Broad-Winged Hawk | Photo by Alice Mary Herden | September 27

I love the way its feathers create heart shaped patterns!

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Broad-Winged Hawk @ Lettuce Lake in Tampa | Photo by Alice Mary Herden | | September 27

Such a small and stocky bird of prey..


Links:

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/broad-winged-hawk

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Broad-winged_Hawk/id


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Praying Mantis continued!

Taking a look closer when walking along the limestone roads of Chassahowitzka WMA

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Praying Mantis | September 11

These insects are so neat… and can be overlooked if you don’t “LOOK” for them, a hint, look for something that is out of place! Sad their life span is only a year, so take only photos and enjoy this amazing insect!

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Praying Mantis | September 18

Almost missed this one!

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Praying Mantis | September 18

Links:

https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Praying-Mantis

Black Racer…Good to have around.

Black Racer…. very, very good to have around your yard. Why? Well, they eat other snakes, mice and rats!

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Juvenile Black Racer | September 11

Juveniles are often mistaken as Pygmy Rattlesnakes.

Breeding: March thru June | Eggs 6-20: May thru August

Like the baby alligators, snakes also have a egg tooth that helps them rip open the egg and falls off within a couple of days.  Neonates or hatchlings are on their own once they emerge from the egg, feeding on insects and other small amphibians.

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Southern Black Racer | August 21

 


Links:

http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/snakes/blackracer.shtml

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/list/coluber-constrictor-priapus/

http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/snakes/florida.shtml

http://www.pbase.com/dydmd/non_venomous_snakes_of_florida&page=all