Sunday, September 18, 2011

Event Update: FOS (Four on Sunday) Walk

If you didn't GOYB today, you missed an amazing day! We only did 4 miles due to time constraints, but man, we really saw some amazing stuff today. Here's what you missed:

 A black and yellow argiope. You can identify them by their distinctive web with the thick zig-zag going down the middle.
 Compare and contrast with the golden orb weaver. A pretty spider, but not as impressive web.
This is another black and yellow argiope that we saw. You can really see the detail here in her web (click photo to enlarge.)
 This was a treat! We must have seen about 10-12 manatees. I actually lost count.
 A willet, looking particularly stunning.
 Not to be outdone, a snowy egret posed for us.
 I can't remember this guy's name but he was just cute as a button!
 This was my shot of the day -- an osprey bringing home noms!
 Our dead critter of the day was a butterfly being eaten by ants. I think he was a while sulphur? Not sure the species of ants either. I don't really understand this actually, butterflies really just don't seem all that meaty, I seems like it would be eating tissue paper!
 A ruddy turnstone. They always pose, but are very cute.
This was another really cool thing. I think it was a moon jelly fish. I messed with the color a bit so you can see the 4 white kinda circles on his back.

When was the last time you saw stuff this cool sitting on your butt? I'm gonna take a wild guess and say "NEVER"! Come out and join us next week, same bat time, same bat channel. (When the weather gets a little cooler we will start adding back in bike rides at Goodwin, maybe October.)

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