Friday, May 13, 2016

Screech Owl Versus Blue Jays


Screech Owl uses newly documented scary daytime defensive posture against annoying Blue Jays and Mockingbirds consist of wide eyed blinking and open mouth snapping to look more intimidating. Mother red morph Eastern Screech Owl is trying to take a break outside the nest box in the daytime and let the fast growing owlets have some room and air to cool down. Ordinarily she would never expose herself in the daytime except for nesting season. The Blue Jays are not going to let her rest - they want to harass her until she leaves their nesting area, but she is not going to leave her nest box - thus a standoff. Father Screech Owl sometimes kills songbirds roosting in the trees at night to feed the owlets so you can't blame the Blue Jays. Screech Owls are very small owls and have different techniques to deal with threats including making themselves very skinny like a branch when a real dangerous threat is around like a hawk or big owl or puffing themselves up for some threats they can intimidate like squirrels. These behaviors can be seen in this documentary:
Eastern Screech Owl Camouflage and Defensive Survival Techniques 

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Red Winged Black Bird Attacks Red Shouldered Hawk


Spunky Red Winged Blackbird attacks large Red Shouldered Hawk hunting on a fence post in marshland. The unprovoked attack seemed like a spur of the moment drive-by! Even though the Blackbird bounced off the hawk and the hawk barely took notice he's still a Boss!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Blue Jay Attacks Red Shouldered Hawk


Close-up look at how a Blue Jay intimidates and then gives chase to a very large Red Shouldered Hawk - the top of the Backyard food chain. The Blue Jays are "Backyard Superheroes" flaring every feather on their body to look big and with their beak held wide open to appear more dangerous they are a sight to behold in slow motion as they attack the hawk - and then give chase! Blue Jays are nesting now and particularly vigilant - they also perform a valuable warning service for all the other Backyard critters - especially the squirrels!

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Osprey Hunting And Catching Fish



An Osprey hovers high above the marsh in very strong winds looking for a fish to dive on and catch. The first effort comes up empty, but Ospreys don't miss often and a meal is caught next. Also called Fish Eagles, Fish Hawks or Sea Eagles the Osprey lives entirely on fish. The "bent wing" profile is a sure sign you are looking at an Osprey at a distance!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Live - Baby Easterm Screech Owls in Nest Box





The oldest owlet is growing very fast - mother owl will leave briefly around nightfall (~8PM EDT) and we'll see if the third eggs has hatched. If it has not hatched it probably means its not a viable egg. Father owl will have food right at night fall and continue to bring food through the night.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Raccoons Feeding in Swamp


Raccoon's using their incredibly sensitive paws to find bird seed under water in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near Naples, Florida. This was filmed under a bird feeder hung over the swamp and protected from squirrels and raccoon's - the crafty coons nevertheless found any bird seed that settled to the bottom of the swamp. Raccoon's love the water and swamping areas in particular - just have to watch out for the alligators!


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Cute Young Squirrels Playing


Cute brother and sister gray squirrels have an energetic play session on their oak tree platforms. This is typical playful squirrel activity consisting of soft biting, grooming and wrestling of a non-sexual nature. It will be some month before they are sexually mature, for now its all fun and play and plenty of food!
The three squirrels born in early October and raised in a Woodpecker nest box now live together in the Backyard Oak tree. Their mother has recently passed away. The story of their life in the nest box is at:
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They have been inseparable since leaving the nest, but it wont be long before they break up and spread out with the young males likely chased off to find new territory, but not very far away in the woods, perhaps only an acre or so away. 

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Giant Blooming Spider Lily at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve, Florida

 Spider Lily


Photo taken on Janes Memorial Drive.
Hymenocallis latifolia is a Florida native that is popular for its exceptional foliage and snow-white flowers (Fig. 1). This clumping, herbaceous perennial reaches a height of 2 to 3 feet. It has 3-foot-long, dark green, linear leaves that grow directly from an underground bulb. Numerous, white flowers appear above these attractive leaves in the summer and fall. The fragrant, long lasting flowers have a 6-inch-long flower tube with narrow, long, recurving sepals and petals. The upright filaments of these delicate flowers are connected by a gossamer web. Large, ovoid capsules that produce viable seeds appear on this plant after flowering has ceased.


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Cute Baby Alligators


Six cute baby American Alligators relaxing on a log in the Corkscrew Swamp - Mother Gator and another large Alligator are napping nearby - maybe Dad? Newly hatched alligators live in small groups called "pods." Eighty percent of young alligators fall victim to birds and raccoons. Other predators include bobcats, otters, snakes, large bass, and larger alligators. Females aggressively defend their young during these first few years. Crocodilians are unusual among reptiles in providing maternal care to their young. The juveniles grow about a foot a year. Maturity is reached during the sixth year.  Young alligators remain in the area where they are hatched and where they are protected by their mother. After two to three years, they leave that area in search of food, or are driven out by larger alligators.
One interesting aspect of alligator biology is that they undergo periods of dormancy when the weather is cold. They excavate a depression called a “gator hole” along a waterway and use it during dormancy.
In areas where the water level fluctuates, alligators dig themselves into hollows in the mud, which fill with water. These tunnels are often as long as 65 feet (20 m) and provide protection during extreme hot or cold weather. Many other animals also use these burrows after they are abandoned by their creators.

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