The pic above is fairly iconic: perching bird with one leg drawn up. That dead tree is no longer standing. It came down during a heavy rain.
The little fellow below was in my courtyard one morning. The cold had paralyzed him, and I was able to take a few photos. No, it is not the dreaded flying cockroach, called the palmetto bug. It is, as I found out, a tawny mole cricket. Kind of cute in an ugly way, isn’t it? They are considered pests because they eat plant roots. Notice the “fingers?” Those burrowing dactyls let them get down under the green. They can fly, too, and cover as much as a mile a day. I haven’t seen him since, so he must have moved on.
My neighbors across the canal have a cat. They sometimes let it out when they can watch it. It went down to the water one day. I wonder if the owners know about the ‘gators? Cat might taste pretty good if you’re tired of ibis. 😉
Those same people throw bread out for the birds. Naughty, naughty! Not supposed to do that. But their behavior does attract flocks of birds, usually ibis. A young wood stork appeared in the group one day.
An ibis found an overlooked piece of bread in the long grass next to the canal. He’s not quite adult yet, or he’d be completely white.
A dragonfly pic from last October. Yup, finally reorganizing the photos. 🙂
Have a terrific weekend! See you Monday.