Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) and ten ducklings!
With a bit of time to spare on a recent afternoon, I took my camera and went for a walk along one of the busiest roads in Port Charlotte, Florida...Kings Highway. This connector goes all the way from Charlotte Harbor to Arcadia, with much of it bordered by storm water catch basins and nice sidewalks. A perfect place to see some of our natural world thriving in this urban environment.
It's late spring, so there are lots of "chicks" and juvenile birds around.
Yellow Crowned Night Heron, juvenile (Nytanassa violacea).
I had a pleasant walk, got some nice photos, and really became aware of the world close to home.
Southern Lubber Grasshopper, juvenile (Romalea guttata).
These catch basins are vital during our rainy season and in the event of troprical storms. The water levels here are quite low as we are just finishing the dry winter/early spring.
Boat-Tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major). Male.
Boat-Tailed Grackle. Female.
This is actually a very busy and developed business area.
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae).
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus).
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus).
Juvenile Moorhen with Mother.
Water Hemlock (Cicula maculata).
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor). Female.
Great Egret (Ardea alba).
Cabbage Palms (Sabal palmetto).
Dragonhunter (Hagenius brevistylus).
There they go, back the other way. Still ten ducklings!
You don't have to go far afield here in Gulf Coast Florida.
Pay us a visit, soon.