Marl Bed Flats, 7/26/2017

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This morning I decided to head out to Marl Bed Flats to see what birds and bugs I might find. I was pleased to see that the flats aren’t nearly as dry as they were the last time I visited.

There was standing water near the slough, and that was encouraging to me. I didn’t see a lot of birds, but there were bugs everywhere. I saw several species of and . The biggest treat was seeing two mating Rambur’s Forktails.

They didn’t mind me getting close with my camera, so I got my first decent photos of a mated pair.

Rambur’s Forktail

Blue Dasher

Blue Dasher

Little Blue Dragonlet

Eastern Amberwing

I only photographed three butterflies: Little Yellow, Southern Skipperling, and Common/White Checkered Skipper.

Little Yellow

Little Yellow

Southern Skipperling

It was also fun to find a different species of bee fly (I think Poecilanthrax lucifer) and a new species of assassin bug (I think Acanthocephala terminalis).

Assassin Bug

Bee Fly

 

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Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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