Camponotus Socius

So this is an ant… a Camponotus socius and a very cute one! Just look at that face!

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Camponotus socius | March 20 | Alice Mary Herden

As you know, extremely challenging to photograph… I managed to get a couple of shots.

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Camponotus socius | March 20 | Alice Mary Herden

They are primarily in the sandhill habitats, which a common name, I think would be sandhill ant, however, I am not sure if it does have a common name. The link below has some great information about their nesting abilities.


Link:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1283890/

 

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Palm Warbler

The Palm Warbler is one of the nine varieties of  Wood Warblers.

Palm Warbler | March 20 | Alice Mary Herden
Palm Warbler | March 20 | Alice Mary Herden

After the recent burn at Chassahowitzka, there were plenty of insects for these little warblers to forge on.

 

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Palm Warbler | March 20 | Alice Mary Herden

 

I think this was the best time for Palm Warbler photography!


Links:

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/palm-warbler

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Palm_Warbler/id

http://www.nsis.org/bird/sp/sp-wwarb.html

 

Little Blue Heron (Juvenile)

It’s is amazing how wildlife kids transform, how this juvenile little blue heron is pure white and within a year will turn all blue.

Little Blue Heron ( Juvenile) | March 14 | Alice Mary Herden
Little Blue Heron ( Juvenile) | March 12 | Alice Mary Herden

The photo above is one of two juveniles with one of the parents not far behind.

These are wading birds that forge for minnows, crayfish, and frogs on the edges of marshes and ponds.

Wading Bird. They can be found in both freshwater and saltwater areas, though more species tend to favor freshwater habitats. Bogs, marshes, mudflats, shorelines, ponds and flooded areas are all popular habitats for wading birds, and they can even be found in urban and suburban areas such as along golf course ponds. Source: https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-a-wading-bird-387103

Little Blue Heron ( Juvenile) | March 14 | Alice Mary Herden
Little Blue Heron ( Juvenile) | March 14 | Alice Mary Herden

So how to tell if you are seeing a Little Blue? Legs and beak… The legs are greenish and their beak has bluish tint color with a dark blue tip.


Links:

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/little-blue-heron

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/waterbirds/little-blue-heron/