July202014

The Assateague Wild Ponies.

There are 101 wild horses on Assateague Island and these ponies form bands consisting of 1 stallion and 4-6 mares. Often young stallions or lone stallions will challenge an alpha stallion for his band. It usually starts with lots of posturing and a challenge of urination and defecation. If neither horse backs down then a fight usually ensues. Fights can be quite violent with the horses kicking and biting each other until a victor prevails.

Assateugue Wild Horse. Assateugue National Seashore, June 20, 2014

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July152014
Common Loons with Baby. Great Moose Lake, Hartland, Maine. July 2014

Common Loons with Baby. Great Moose Lake, Hartland, Maine. July 2014

June262014
The endangered DELMARVA Fox Squirrel. A subspecies of the Eastern Fox Squirrel which used to range from Eastern Virginia all the way to New Jersey. There are now only a few hundred left on the Maryland/Virginia peninsula. Chincoteague NWR June 25, 2014

The endangered DELMARVA Fox Squirrel. A subspecies of the Eastern Fox Squirrel which used to range from Eastern Virginia all the way to New Jersey. There are now only a few hundred left on the Maryland/Virginia peninsula. 

Chincoteague NWR June 25, 2014

June212014
Eastern Box Turtle. Assateague National Seashore. June 18, 2014

Eastern Box Turtle. Assateague National Seashore. June 18, 2014

June192014
Killdeer chick. Assateague National Seashore, Maryland June 17, 2014

Killdeer chick. Assateague National Seashore, Maryland June 17, 2014

June132014
An American Oyster Catcher naps on the beach with her 2 babies, Assateague National Seashore. June 11, 2014

An American Oyster Catcher naps on the beach with her 2 babies, Assateague National Seashore. June 11, 2014

June42014
An Assateague wild pony napping on the beach. The jury is still out as to how these wild horses got on this barrier island off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland, and there are 2 theories.1. A Spanish ship sunk off shore of the island and the horses on-board swam ashore and began breeding.2. In colonial America colonists “hid” their horses on the island to escape steep livestock tariffs. After the revolution the horses were forgotten and their ancestors are what we see here today.Assateugue Wild Horse. Assateugue National Seashore, June 4, 2014
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An Assateague wild pony napping on the beach. 

The jury is still out as to how these wild horses got on this barrier island off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland, and there are 2 theories.

1. A Spanish ship sunk off shore of the island and the horses on-board swam ashore and began breeding.

2. In colonial America colonists “hid” their horses on the island to escape steep livestock tariffs. After the revolution the horses were forgotten and their ancestors are what we see here today.

Assateugue Wild Horse. Assateugue National Seashore, June 4, 2014

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June12014
A Dunlin prowling Bunche Beach in Fort Myers, Florida. May 2014
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A Dunlin prowling Bunche Beach in Fort Myers, Florida. May 2014

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1AM
A Green Clearwing Dragonfly feeds on a Brown Spinner Mayfly at Lake Marion in South Carolina. May 29, 2014
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A Green Clearwing Dragonfly feeds on a Brown Spinner Mayfly at Lake Marion in South Carolina. May 29, 2014

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May252014
I have spent so much time shooting at this one location the resident crane population have gotten used to me. This male Sandhill seemed oblivious to me standing beside him with a camera.
Sandhill Crane. Circle B Bar Reserve. Lakeland, Florida. May 22, 2014 

I have spent so much time shooting at this one location the resident crane population have gotten used to me. This male Sandhill seemed oblivious to me standing beside him with a camera.

Sandhill Crane. Circle B Bar Reserve. Lakeland, Florida. May 22, 2014 

May172014
The Limpkin is a freshwater wading bird that favors warm sub-tropical climates. Their food of choice are gastropod mollusks (freshwater snails) that they root out of the marsh grasses with their long slightly curved beak. The beak is also designed to extract the snail from its shell. Here mama Limpkin works at getting dinner out of the shell while baby Limpkin looks on with anticipation in the background. Limpkin feeding. Circle B Bar Reserve. Lakeland, Florida. May 14, 2014
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The Limpkin is a freshwater wading bird that favors warm sub-tropical climates. Their food of choice are gastropod mollusks (freshwater snails) that they root out of the marsh grasses with their long slightly curved beak. The beak is also designed to extract the snail from its shell. Here mama Limpkin works at getting dinner out of the shell while baby Limpkin looks on with anticipation in the background.

Limpkin feeding. Circle B Bar Reserve. Lakeland, Florida. May 14, 2014

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May102014
Wilson’s Plover. North Beach, Fort Desoto Park, Florida. May 8, 2014
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Wilson’s Plover. North Beach, Fort Desoto Park, Florida. May 8, 2014

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May92014
Black-bellied Plover. Sanibel Island, Florida. May 1, 2014

Black-bellied Plover. Sanibel Island, Florida. May 1, 2014

May42014
Snowy Plover… Algiers Beach. Sanibel Island, Florida. May 1, 2014

Snowy Plover… Algiers Beach. Sanibel Island, Florida. May 1, 2014

May22014
Who says birds can’t read? 
Osprey. Ding Darling N.W.R Sanibel Island, Florida May 1, 2014

Who says birds can’t read?

Osprey. Ding Darling N.W.R Sanibel Island, Florida May 1, 2014

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