This Green Heron was hunting anoles on our patio just as it was getting dark:
It was quite displeased with me, and tried to scare me away by puffing up its feathers:
This morning, we had chores to do, and I did not start my visit to our local birding “patch” until about 10:00 AM. It was not very birdy, but just about 200 yards into the 2-track utility path along the 198th Avenue Canal, I looked back and saw what looked like a scrawny little feral house cat. Only two days ago I had seen a much larger cat, about a half mile from that spot, and it turned out to be a Bobcat.
Looking through my 10x binoculars, I could hardly make out any details, but I took three photos anyway. About 5 minutes later, the cat crossed the the road, a bit nearer. I did not bother to use the binoculars, but quickly took one more photo before it disappeared. Only after looking at the fourth photo at home did I identify it as another Bobcat.
This Bobcat was less than half as tall as the one I saw only two days earlier, but I got a much better photo:
This year I saw the first alligators there after four years of exploring, and the Cottonmouths and herons appear to be well-fed. It is encouraging to see that this small area of restored Everglades is supporting life all the way up the food chain.
In this blow-up, note the rather prominent eye-ring on this individual, something I had not noticed before, and the field guides do not emphasize:
A Gulf Fritillary: