Kids

I don’t often get a chance to photograph little ones in their natural habitat, but while on assignment I was able to capture some video and photography of these, sweet and demanding Black-crowned Night Herons chicks.

Black-crowned Night-Heron | Mary 11 | Alice May Herden
Black-crowned Night-Heron | Mary 11 | Alice May Herden

But these kids were driving her nuts.. she finally had enough and took a break. There is one little runt in the group… I do hope it grows up and has a happy and healthy life.

Not the greatest shots, really needed my tripod.. maybe I can head back there to take some better video and photos… overall I was happy to be able to capture them. 


Links:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-crowned_Night-Heron/overview

https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/ellie-schiller-homosassa-springs-wildlife-state-park

Mourning Dove

Doves are a common bird, and the Mourning Dove is the only one native to Florida.  While photographing this one perched on a broken limb of an oak tree, I didn’t realize how graceful they appeared.

Mourning Dove | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden
Mourning Dove | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden

So simple, innocent and somewhat a sense of peace and sometimes nature reminds you of that.


Links:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mourning_Dove/overview

 

Bee-mimic Robber Fly

Interesting character…Sometimes you just have to observe, just watch and observe even if it is just for a few minutes.

It’s one of those things when you are focusing on one thing, and you surprisingly see something else. This is one of the moments. I hardly ever get a chance to photograph this species because they are too quick and non-approachable. However, this one was just as curious of me as I was of it.

Bee Killer | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden
Bee Killer | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden

As I inched my way closer while watching him try to nab some lunch. He noticed me and decided to check me out. Came right up to me, circled me and when back to the leaf.

Bee Killer | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden
Bee Killer | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden

I was able to change my lens and put my macro on and as you can tell it wasn’t easy getting a shot.

Bee Killers are in the Robber Fly family and mimic the flight sound of bumblebees.


Updated.. Bee-mimic Robber Flies


Links:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/flies/bee_killers.htm

Grass Pink Orchid (Calopogon)

While out shooting at a familiar place, I was thinking about a particular orchid. I don’t recall seeing it last year at the location where it was blooming a couple of years prior. Excitingly as I drove up, there they were.

Grass Pink Orchid | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden
Grass Pink Orchid | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden

There’s is something interesting about this orchid. While photographing this orchid I noticed something that made me very curious. Not knowing anything about this orchid, I wondered if this orchid was carnivorous. With just enough wi-fi access I was able to search and it wasn’t.

Grass Pink Orchid | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden
Grass Pink Orchid | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden

What is interesting about this orchid is its way to attach pollen to visiting insects. The top petal has yellow hairs, as some describe as bearded, that is appealing to insects. Once the insect lands, the labellum reacts and swings down to trap the insect.

The uniqueness of this orchid is the labellum (the part of the orchid that attracts insects: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labellum_(botany) is on the top, on most orchids, it is on the bottom. Once it closes, the insect crawls out and pollen is attached to them and as it visits another orchid the pollination begins.

 

This orchid is native Florida orchid that grows in moist (bog) areas. Their flowering season is March, April and peaking

Grass Pink Orchid | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden
Grass Pink Orchid | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden

in May.


Links:

http://flnativeorchids.com/natives_gallery/calopogon_tuberosus.htm

http://illinoiswildflowers.info/wetland/plants/grass_pink.html