Mead Gardens, 9/11/2013

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This morning I met a friend of mine at . We a very nice time there, though there weren’t many birds to speak of there. We saw or heard five species of warbler: , , , , and a Black and White Warbler. We also had fun watching a preening, a couple Great Blue Herons were in the stream and lake shore. A Cooper’s Hawk also made an appearance by the lake shore, swooping down over a couple White Ibises.

Tufted Titmouse

Great Egret

Since there weren’t a lot of birds, we turned our attention to other wildlife. We saw a couple non-native species, including a Brown Anole and a Red-eared Slider.

Brown Anole

Red-eared Slider

But there were also many Eastern Pondhawk dragonflies there, including this beautiful female. And a fell out a tree near us; I have to say, this is probably the prettiest snake I’ve ever seen.

Eastern Pondhawk

Rat Snake

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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Susan Lee

Many terriffic photos and many of these handsome critters I see in my same area of Northwest Florida only my camera's too old and slow to try to catch half so well. THANK you for this article!