Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Broad-billed Hummingbird and Reptiles

Monday, February 15th

This Gray Catbird would pose for optics, unlike the hummer or vireo
Hummingbirds can be very challenging to photograph and the spectacular and rare to Florida male Broad-billed Hummingbird proved to be the case today. At Fred W Coyle Freedom Park in Naples a Broad-billed Hummingbird is drawing crowds as it feeds on Coral Bean. I didn't even try to grab a shot as it was only briefly posing as it feeds. It is an assume bird.

Broad-billed Hummingbirds are generally a Mexican species which ranges within the United States in Arizona. This is certainly a special visitor to South West Florida

 After getting a couple of good sightings I ventured off to look for the reported Bell's Vireo, another infrequent Florida visitor. Lucky I quickly spotted the vireo in dense brush not far from the hummer.  But again I could act fast enough for a photo. 
A four foot Yellow Rat Snake was seen sunning in a strangler fig
 at Freedom Park
Yesterday, the 2016 Python Challenge concluded after a month long competition, were hundreds of python hunters vied for various prizes. Latest numbers reported were that 102 pythons were removed. February 27th the final counts and prize winners will be announced. Earlier this month a nine-foot Green Anaconda was captured, another invasive species, further  north of the Everglades, in Brevard County.
A foraging Raccoon seen at Freedom Park

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