You laughing at me?

•April 16, 2009 • 2 Comments

Back in the Florida Keys on Conch Key . This laughing gull welcomed us with his policeman’s laugh all afternoon…

Laughing Gull, originally uploaded by Nature Watch Corfe Mullen.

A Pod of Pelican & Congregation of Egret

•November 22, 2008 • 4 Comments

I love collective nouns they can be so deliciously descriptive, and when I visited the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Centre (see their blog) at Tavernier (about a 35 min drive away from Conch Key) I needed several “nouns” to describe the humongous number of “wild” birds that collect there at 3.30pm every day.

Snowy Egret Continue reading ‘A Pod of Pelican & Congregation of Egret’

Hoppity twit returns!

•November 16, 2008 • 8 Comments

Good news! The little “twit” (otherwise known as a Ruddy Turnstone) that we rescued the other day has been totally “untied” and “unknoted” by Susie from the pink string that was twined around his legs and feet, and is now back on our pier, as you can see below.

Twit Continue reading ‘Hoppity twit returns!’

Twits don’t mix well with pink cotton!

•November 14, 2008 • 6 Comments

For the last couple of days we’ve been lazing around the house, reading, eating, fishing and trying to save a little “twit”.

House on the Water Continue reading ‘Twits don’t mix well with pink cotton!’

Houses or Habitats? It’s the same everywhere

•November 10, 2008 • 13 Comments

As I drove home from visiting one of my favourite wildlife hotspots yesterday I felt decidedly depressed. With the economy downturn in the USA, and tourism practically non-existent at the moment, my wildlife hotspot may end up as houses and shopping malls.

polka-dot-wasp-moth-syntomeida-epilais-3 Continue reading ‘Houses or Habitats? It’s the same everywhere’

Garden lizards: we’re beautiful too!

•November 8, 2008 • 8 Comments

Everyday, when you walk up our garden path, lizards scatter in every direction. Today I had some time to spare so I thought I’d try to record all the different species. Close-up they really are the most beautiful little creatures with an enormous amount of attitude!

Lizard Continue reading ‘Garden lizards: we’re beautiful too!’

Love Dragonflies… Hate Mosquitoes

•November 6, 2008 • 8 Comments

I wrote a post on dragonflies that I’d seen recently at the old quarry in Corfe Mullen and now here I am in the Florida Keys thousands of miles away doing exactly the same thing. These insects fascinate me. Not sure why but maybe it’s because they are so bolshy and inquisitive.

Red Saddlebag Dragonfly Continue reading ‘Love Dragonflies… Hate Mosquitoes’