|Florida Red Belly Turtle|
Yesterday afternoon I dropped by Secret Lake Park for a few minutes to check on breeding birds. The last time I was here the place was hopping with activity, and I was able to log breeding evidence for Brown Thrashers, Common Grackles, Osprey, and Common Gallinules. Yesterday was much quieter, though the begging Ospreys and Common Grackles were still making a racket. It was fun to find other types of animals, though. A Florida Redbelly Turtle posed for me, as did a couple species of dragonfly. I don't know my dragonflies well at all. I'm pretty sure one was a male Eastern Pondhawk; the other I was unable to identify, but the great people at BugGuide.net identified it as a Slaty Skimmer.
|Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)|
|Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta)|
Ospreys are there in abundance. I confess I get pretty tired of photographing them, and often I just ignore them, but it was a slow birding day, and this one I thought looked kind of interesting in flight, so I thought it would be good to add a couple photos of them.
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