Cape Coral, FL
Cape Coral and Marco Island populations have a number of owls with mottled to almost black irises, rather than the usual bright yellow, due to a genetic mutation in the population.
Barn Owl at Twilight
Just outside Flamingo in the park.
There was a crooked man.
Who sat on a crooked bench.
Safest basking site anywhere.
Mom will look out for them.
Baby gators basking in safety with mom a few feet away.
Teenagers are always hanging out.
American Crocodile at Flamingo
The Odd Couple
It's uncommon to see an American Crocodile and American Alligator together. Shark Valley.
Why not turtles basking?
We totally discounted this 9-foot, smooth log as nothing of interest until a boy with binocs exclaimed, "It's got a pattern!"
Barred Owl eyes reflecting the light of a flashlight.
Past his bedtime
This Barred Owl was out in broad daylight.
Barred Owl is the only owl in the east with dark eyes.
He's loud and proud.
Unusually prominent dorsal crest
Get outta my yard!
Gator and Red-bellied Cooter
Now I've got you!
Shell. Too. Strong.
Back where you came from.
Red-bellied Cooter makes his escape.
Half-hearted second try before giving it up as hopeless.
Gator and Red-bellied Slider
After the gator gave up on the turtle, he started grabbing small fish or crayfish in the tiny pond.
The Red-bellied Slider knows his shell will protect him. The gator learned the turtle is invulnerable, and while interested, no longer tried to bite.
As big as a VW Beetle and as fast as Usain Bolt.
Outta my way!
I bring you the mangrove branch of peace.
Brown Pelican building a nest.
The Avian Ron Swanson
Look Out Below!
Royal Terns, Sanderlings, and one Sandwich Tern on the right
Royal Terns and Sanderlings
Cow Horn Orchid
Trapjaw crossing the road at dusk