If you stop for a photo. The cars behind you line up waiting..
|I brake for butterflies..Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) |
on Tall Thistle(?)
|One good Fritillary deserves another..|
|These last shots taken on foot. |
There are parking areas and trails..
The flower is Alba bidens.
|A blind along the trail, from which a Roseate Spoonbill was seen. It did not pose..|
|There were fields of White Sweet Clover (Melilotus alba).|
Clouds of Tropical Whites (Appias drusilla) enjoyed the bounty.
|A beautiful Buckeye (Junonia coenia)|
|The ubiquitous Zebra butterfly (Heliconius charitonius). |
Also on Alba bidens.
So many beautiful butterflies..What more could one ask for? Why beautiful birds of course!!
|Snowy Egret (Egretta thula).|
"Egret" comes from the French 'aigrette'.
|Perhaps I can catch dinner?|
'Aigrettes' are the breeding plume feathers'
so many birds were killed to obtain.
|Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)|
All Egrets are herons, but not all Herons are Egrets.
|Tricolor Heron (Egretta tricolor)|
Herons come in so many colors!
Green Heron (butorides virescens)Enjoying the evening.
|A pair of Boat Tailed Grackles have an evening snack.|
|Mom collects nesting materials. It is early Spring.|
|Time to head home...|
If we kill off the wild, we are killing a part of our souls ~ Jane Goddall