All posts by Ellen Jennings

White Ibis

White Ibis usually travel in groups but this one was by himself searching the edges of a small pond. There is a full tree canopy over the pond so not much direct light gets to the water, and the reflected light appears in  lots of colors.

White Ibis in Pond
White Ibis in Pond

Back and forth he went with an occasional sweep of the water with his beak, hunting for food.

White Ibis in Pond
White Ibis in Pond

Reflections of some Cyprus Knees and a few dapples of sunlight changed the look of the water as the Ibis moved along.

White Ibis in Pond
White Ibis in Pond

Little Blue Heron Hunting

A Little Blue Heron waded back and forth in a small, shallow pond, methodically hunting.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Occasionally he stabbed the water, without success as I watched.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Little Blues are all white when they hatch and around a year old start to transition to the full blue of adulthood.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

From the other side of the pond I had a back-lit view of the Heron as he continued to hunt.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Little Spider

The concentration of strands and zig-zap pattern made this little spider web stand out from the potted plants.

Little Spider with Intricate Web
Little Spider with Intricate Web

At a different angle I could see the spider through the web.

Little Spider with Intricate Web
Little Spider with Intricate Web

Look closely for a series of strands further out from the center, more easily seen between the plant leaves.

Little Spider with Intricate Web
Little Spider with Intricate Web

June 2018.

Little Blue Heron Over My Head

I was standing at the edge of a small pond when this Little Blue Heron landed in a tree above me. Surprisingly he stayed put even though several other folks walked underneath him, most without even noticing him.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

With breeding season over the wading birds tend to ignore each other but this one had his eye on something, and was chatting about it.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Hmm, a big stare. I could hear an Anhinga also doing a bit of bird chat, too. I never expected it would be up even higher than the Little Blue, where he continued to stare.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

When I moved on I finally spotted the Anghinga in the highest available spot looking out over a pond behind where the Little Blue Heron stood.

Anhinga
Anhinga at Tree Top

Palamedes Swallowtail Butterfly

Red was the favorite for this  Palamedes Swallowtail as he zipped around the brilliant Lantana blossoms.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana
Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana

This garden area had some orange and pink zinnias and other annuals but this butterfly kept coming back to the red.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana
Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana

Head on images of wildlife rarely end up looking good, but I liked this view with the wings folded and antennae out.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana
Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana

The butterfly then turned a bit to the side showing off his long legs. If you zoom in you can see he’s picked up some pollen in his travels, too.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana
Swallowtail Butterfly on Red Lantana

Click any image for a larger view. 

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, August 27, 2019.

Great Egret Not Going to Share Lunch

This Great Egret worked hard in the reeds to capture a Siren, a weird eel-like salamander that hangs out in the mud, and flew to a secluded corner of the pond to figure out how to eat it. He dropped and retrieved it several times.

Great Egret with Siren
Great Egret with Siren

A Great Blue Heron had been following along, slowly getting closer until the Great Egret decided to relocate, taking lunch with him.

Great Egret with Siren
Great Egret with Siren

Covered with mud, the Great Egret took this opportunity to dunk and rinse his catch.

Great Egret with Siren
Great Egret with Siren

He took off again as the Great Blue maneuvered closer.

Great Egret with Siren
Great Egret with Siren

The Great Blue Heron took off, too. They went out of my sight so I don’t know who got to eat.

Great Blue Heron Following Great Egret with Siren
Great Blue Heron Following Great Egret with Siren