Red-Shouldered Hawk

Spent sometime at Chassahowitzka WMA early this morning.  Started at 7am and was still on the same road at 9am! Taking video and snapping some shots one of my favorite moths.

Clouded Crimson Moth | July 29 | Alice Mary Herden
Clouded Crimson Moth | July 29 | Alice Mary Herden

But the star of today was this Red-shouldered Hawk! First noticed the hawk fly towards a cluster of oak trees and as I looked for him the hawk flew off again landing on the branch of a pine tree.

Red-Shouldered Hawk | July 29 | Alice Mary Herden
Red-Shouldered Hawk | July 29 | Alice Mary Herden

Grabbing my camera with the 400 lens, knowing there is no way I was going to get that close to this hawk using my 70-200 and all I wanted was to get a pic to upload as an observation in iNaturalist.

One thing about early morning photographing, not only your lens fog up but your viewfinder. This was frustrating. It wasn’t easy trying to wipe off the lens and viewfinder, while quickly changing the camera settings. And you keep thinking this hawk is going to fly off the next time you look up.  I am so grateful that this hawk stayed perched on that branch for as long as it did.

Red-Shouldered Hawk | July 29 | Alice Mary Herden
Red-Shouldered Hawk | July 29 | Alice Mary Herden

I slowly worked my way through the saw palmettos inching my way closer, attempting to get in a position where I was able to get more of a color break in the background. (less sky and more tree)

The hawk stayed perched.

Red-Shouldered Hawk | July 29 | Alice Mary Herden
Red-Shouldered Hawk | July 29 | Alice Mary Herden

Finally after 460 photos, I got this close!


Florida Nature Magazine

Florida Nature cover owl.jpg
Florida Nature Magazine | January 2020

Still a lot of work before the projected date to publish this magazine and a possible there may be website change.

Have a great and safe day venture out photographing nature.

Scudder’s Bush Katydids

This is the nymph stage of a Scudder’s Bush Katydid on a Velvet-leaf Milkweed.

Genus Scudderia - Bush Katydids
Genus Scudderia – Bush Katydids

I really love the colors during the nymph stage. When they are all grown up, they look like a big green leaf.

I am looking for a particular site that has more detailed information about this Katydid, will update when I find it.


Links

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Dung Beetles and Wild Boar Scat (poop)

Of course I take photos of animal poop. Why? Education!

Most people wouldn’t think dung beetles on wild boar scat would be considered nature/wildlife photography but to me, it is.

Dung Beetles | July 22 | Alice Mary Herden
Dung Beetles | July 22 | Alice Mary Herden

I will do some more research about the Dung Beetle in the upcoming publication of my magazine; Florida Nature. This is going to be a very interesting subject! I would like to know about the green metallic beetle and other curious questions I have.


Link

American Germander

Monday I was cleared of an assignment, so I took off to explore the Lower Suwanee River National Wildlife Refuge.

American Germander | July 22 | Alice Mary Herden
American Germander | July 22 | Alice Mary Herden

A native wildflower, these beauties are growing everywhere at Lower Suwannee.  Nature never ceases to amaze me. The construction of these flowers is so unique.

American Germander | July 22 | Alice Mary Herden
American Germander | July 22 | Alice Mary Herden

Definitely heading back there to get more (macro) photographs.


Links:

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/teucrium-canadense

https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=TECA3

Golden Silk Orbweaver

This is a huge Golden Silk Orbweaver, I want to say at least the size of my hand around 3 inches wide and 6 inches to the tip of my middle finger. So I believe this may be a female.

She picked the best spot for her web, and how they know where and at what height to build their webs is truly amazing. I am hoping to head back there to measure the web.

Her nutrition is a Hercules Beetle.

Looks like some little ones are practicing their web weaving!


Links

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/golden_silk_spider.htm

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/MISC/BEETLES/Dynastes_hercules.htm