Category “Animals”

Gator by the River

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4k Gator Wallpaper | Juvenile Aligator Stock Photo

I saw this juvenile gator by the Indian River while walking my dog one morning. Luckily for me, (and my dog) he wasn’t hungry. he stuck around long enough for me to run back into my home and grab my camera (and gun) luckily for him, I only shot him with the camera.

After having lived in Los Angeles for 20 years, the realities of living in a more rural setting where we really do share the land with wild animals (some that would like to eat us) is a bit of a culture shock and helps one to remember their place in this world.

You can tell this gator is a juvenile by his patterns. The adult gators in this area tend to be one color and are much wider. This guy was about 5 or 6 foot long nose to tail, but his bigger brothers are much larger. This gator could have been very dangerous, but I wasn’t really worried about him. I was more worried about where his mama could have been. She was probably close by, but I never saw her.

I did end up seeing this guy swimming in the river a bit later in the day. Many locals don’t realize that gators swim in the Indian River. It is a large, brackish river, and a lot of people think gators stick to fresh water. That really isn’t the case. They go wherever there is food.

pair of Ibis Birds

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Pair of American White Ibis

This is a pair of American White Ibis that I photographed in Viera Wetlands.

The multicolored Ibis is a juvenile. As it grows up, its feathers will turn the white shade that the other Ibis displays

Tricolored Heron

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Tricolored Heron – 4k Wallpaper

The Tricolored Heron also known as the Egretta tricolor, and formerly was known in North America as the Louisiana Heron, is a small, beautiful heron.

This example was photographed in the Viera Wetlands and is seen perched on a deceased palm tree. This is significant because the Tricolore Heron nests in colonies, often with other herons, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs

Glossy Ibis

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Glossy Ibis

The glossy ibis is a wading bird in the ibis family Threskiornithidae. The scientific name derives from Ancient Greek plegados and Latin, falcis, both meaning “sickle” and referring to the distinctive shape of the bill.

White Ibis

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4k wallpaper of a White Ibis standing in grass and reeds photographed in the Viera Wetlands in the eastern part of central Florida.

The Viera Wetlands is an amazing place to see birds and other Florida wildlife

armadillo

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Armadillo – 4k Wallpaper

The word armadillo means “little armoured one” in Spanish. All species are native to the Americas, where they inhabit a variety of different environments. This particular armadillo is a nine-banded armadillo. The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), named for the nine breaks in the leathery armor that allow it to flex its stiff hide, is an odd-looking mammal about the size of a cat. A mature armadillo is 15 to 17 inches long (not counting the tail) with a weight of 8 to 17 pounds.

Great Whte Heron

great white heron

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Great White Heron

Also known as the great egret, the common egret, large egret or great white egret or great white heron is a large, widely distributed egret, with four subspecies found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world.