Thursday, November 4, 2021

Crops & Clips: Flashback to November , 2018

As I do each month, I enjoyed looking back over my archived photos, taken three years previously, to remember how things were then and maybe get some idea of what to expect this year. I processed 494 photos in November, 2018. As usual, I searched for images which reflected favorite memes: critters of all kinds (especially birds), skies and clouds, reflections, flowers and fences, as well as scenes which speak for themselves. We spent the entire year at home in south Florida. 

On November 1, our walk in the Wounded Wetlands rewarded us with an Eastern Phoebe...

...an acrobatic female Black-and-White Warbler:


The next morning, several long-legged waders foraged in a slough created by off-road vehicles next to the wet prairie. Heavy rains had caused the lake to spill over, trapping fish in the surrounding area. They included a Little Blue and Tricolored Heron as well as a Great Egret:

A Snowy Egret and Wood Stork were out of the frame:

This is a nice size comparison between the egret and the Tricolored Heron:

The egret flew up to balance on some flimsy branches:

The heron rookery was about to be demolished. It harbored a secretive Black-crowned Night-Heron...

...and a drab Yellow-crowned Night-Heron:

Before the end of the first week I saw a Yellow-throated Warbler...


...a female Blue Grosbeak in winter plumage...

...a male Northern Cardinal who had just completed molting into fresh plumage...

...a devoted pair of Black Vultures which had nested nearby for several years...

...a White-eyed Vireo...

...and Florida's State Butterfly, a Zebra heliconian on Firebush (Hamelia patens):

Although I should have been satisfied with such an auspicious start, other sightings that month included a Pileated Woodpecker...

...a female Red-bellied Woodpecker...

...Northern Mockingbird...

...female Painted Bunting...

...Gulf Fritillary on Lantana...

...Prairie Warbler...

...Blue-headed Vireo...

...White Ibises...

...immature Red-shouldered Hawk...

...and a male Scarlet Skimmer (Crocothemis servilia):

A male Bobcat strolled nonchalantly across the gravel track:

On November 24 the full Beaver Moon set over the lake:

The next morning it was quite high as the fog lifted:

There were buttermilk skies...

...brilliant reflections...

and fiery sunrises:

However, all was not good. The heron rookery was destroyed. This was the view of the rookery on November 20:

Heavy machinery was poised on a floating platform:

Two days later, hurricane debris had been removed and most of the shoreline vegetation which had hosted the heron nests had been clear-cut: 

On November 28, a lone night-heron rested on a broken branch near the missing tree which had contained one of eight nests that produced numerous young birds earlier that year:

This photo, taken at a pasture next to Chapel Trail Nature Preserve, is a somber reminder that now, three years later, the Longhorn cattle and Cattle Egrets are gone and the grassland is being paved over for a parking lot to store boats and RVs:

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Linking to:


Fences Around the World

Nature Thursday

Skywatch Friday

Weekend Reflections

Saturday's Critters

BirdD'Pot

Camera Critters

All Seasons

Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday)

Natasha Musing

Our World Tuesday

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Please visit the links to all these posts to see some excellent photos on display
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17 comments:

  1. Gosh. Amazing photos. I think the bobcat is the best!

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  2. This is a terrific flashback, Ken! What an amazing diversity you enjoy.

    The final images are a bittersweet reminder that "progress" has its price.

    We hope you're doing well today!

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  3. I love the Egret trying to keep its balance, the yellow crowned night heron, the skimmer, the bobcat and the moon.....Wonderful series of photos...I enjoyed this post..Have a good rest of the week..

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  4. Fantastic when birds as large as the egret balance on these thin branches. Thanks for the wonderful photos as always,Ken.
    Kind regards - Elke (Nature Thursday)

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  5. I hate to see nesting habitat taken down like that. A wonderful variety of birds, and excellently photographed!

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  6. Simply amazing photography...amazing...jp

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  7. all wonderful photography....that cow amazed me....never seen one with that colouring before!

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  8. Great shots! Love the dappled coat of the longhorn. Sad to see their habitat decimated.
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/11/more-monarchs.html

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  9. This was a great outing, as usual Kenneth and such a varied collection in this post from dragonflies to cattle. Sad that the rookery was demolished and even sadder to read that the grassland where Longhorn cattle and Cattle Egrets once were found is being paved over for a parking lot to store boats and RVs. Do we really need more of those?

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  10. Great collection - I love the vultures. They almost look like the cartoon ones chatting. The sunset and the one above it a both spectacular. #Allseasons

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  11. Hello Ken,
    Another awesome post! Beautiful photos of the birds, dragonfly, butterfly and the sky. Love the Bobcat and sky captures. it is sad to see the wildlife loosing their habitats. Take care, enjoy your day!

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  12. They paved paradise and made it a parking lot!

    Still, these are great photos.

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  13. Hello Ken,:=) An outstanding number of beautiful nature shots. The two butterfly images are gorgeous, and I like all your sky images, the fiery sunrise with gate is so beautiful. All the bird images are lovely, and it's incredible that they were taken close to your home. Unfortunately it's the same old story were land is taken away from Gods creatures in the name of progress
    Thank you for sharing, great post!

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  14. That longhorn is beautiful, only have seen longhorns here with a solid color:) Hope you are doing well, Ken? Have a great weekend!Emille (Jesh)

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  15. Your photo never cease to make me smile :) There are so many different kinds of creatures that you have found and shared with us and I'm so glad you do :)

    Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!

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