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After decades of not seeing one in the wild, this is the second Southern Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus punctatus) that I have found this year. They are small burrowing snakes that are found underneath logs and other debris. They are the most frequently found snakes in Florida swimming pools, where they go in to get a drink but are too small to climb back out. Canon EOS 7D with Sigma 150mm Macro Lens and Sigma EM-140 DG Ring Flash. Coconut Creek, Florida.
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What is tiny, cute, and fuzzy; and runs around the parking lot? Why a Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) chick of course! The Killdeer is a shorebird that belongs to the Plover family. They like to nest in shallow depressions on bare ground. Often flat gravel rooftops or gravel parking lots are chosen as nesting sites. This little guy and his family are in one of FAU's temporary gravel parking lots at the Boca Raton campus. Canon EOS 60D and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM lens. Taken at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida.
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Limpkin with clam

I saw this Limpkin foraging for snails by the boat ramp at Arthur R. Marshall-Loxahatchee NWR. But all he came up with is this small clam.
Canon EOS 7D2, EF400 5.6L USM, F/8, 1/800, ISO 400
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Sharing

A small bee and a Dainty Sulfur share a flower in my garden.
Canon EOS 7D2, EF300 4L IS USM, F/5, 1/400, ISO 250
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Great Blue Heron picks up a snake

This picture is part of a series of images I took on the last day of 2008 but processed only recently. As the Great Blue Heron picked up the snake, the serpent, as seen here, attacks back trying to bite the bird. The fight lasted about 10 minutes as the bird killed the snake by drowning it and eventually swallowing it.
Canon EOS 40D, EF400 5.6L USM, F/6.3, 1/1600, ISO 400.
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Roseate Spoonbill landing

A pink bird will always catch my eye whether in the sky, on a snag, on the ground or on the water. I watched this Roseate Spoonbill circle twice before landing on this snag.
Canon EOS 7D2, EF400 5.6L USM, F/5.6, 1/800, ISO 400
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An introduced species the Greenhouse Frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris) is relatively common in many parts of Florida. The Greenhouse Frog is considered relatively harmless when compared to other nonnative species. It is native to Cuba and is established in Florida, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. Their diet consists of ants, beetles, mites, spiders, and small roaches. Taken in Coconut Creek, Florida with a Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro Lens, and Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX.
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A Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) stands watch next to its burrow at Florida Atlantic University. The Burrowing Owl is FAU's mascot and there are still several nests with young around the Boca Raton campus. The owls hunt for insects during the day and small mammals at night. They are a Species of Special Concern in Florida, mainly due to habitat loss. Canon EOS 60D with Canon EOS 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM lens.
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Osprey's landing mound

The Osprey's nest is just below this mound of Spanish moss.
Canon EOS 7D2, EF300 4L IS USM, F/8, 1/1250, ISO 400
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The flight of the Nanday Parakeets

There were around 15 Nanday Parakeets on the Norfolk Pine in my backyard. They were very noisy and chasing each other around. I caught this pair as it flew from one side of the tree to the other.
Canon EOS 40D, EF400 5.6L USM, F/5.6, 1/1250. ISO 400
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This is "Bee". She's 14 feet of albino Green Burmese Python (Python bivittatus). A beautiful snake owned by my friend Edward Mercer. Bee makes the rounds at educational events such as Everglades Day at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. You may have seen her around South Florida.
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Swallow-tailed Kite

The most graceful flyer in nature, The Swallow-tailed kite is an amazing bird. These birds migrate to the southern tip of Brazil every year and comes back to North America to nest and raise their young.
Canon EOS 7D, EF400 5.6L USM, F/8, 1/2000, ISO 1000
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