Earlier this week I had a great outing in Huntley Meadows Park. Among the highlights were another green heron, adorable beavers and un-photographed raccoons/fox.

Recent rains have replenished the water supply in the park and the boardwalk area was active with a variety of life. Read the rest of this entry »

Well friends, my apologies for the delay in posting. I’ll be rolling out new posts soon, but here is a short one to tide you over.

The photos from this outing in Huntley Meadows, predictably, are a bunch of herons navigating slowly in the downpour.

As I fled, I noticed that the toads came out in mass along all the wooded paths. I’m not sure if they liked the rain, or just couldn’t hide for fear of drowning.

Terror from the skies

July 9, 2010

While it might sound a little dramatic, it’s still true – on my Wednesday visit to Huntley Meadows, I was under attack. An aerial attack, to be specific.

My typical scan of the park began to turn into something else when I reached the main overlook. Glancing upward I noticed swallows circling. Without a second’s delay, one turned toward me from about 50 feet up and dove DIRECTLY for my head. Then another. And another. And another. Read the rest of this entry »

With the summer heat, the landscape of Huntley Meadows is changing.

The wetlands are drying out, but that environmental change has allowed for some new observations. Read the rest of this entry »

Thursday’s trip to Huntley Meadows was interesting from a number of perspectives.

Most notably I was able to watch a Green Heron (Butorides virescens) that was pointed out to me by a fellow park visitor. Read the rest of this entry »

Thanks to lower temperatures and humidity, I had perfect outing conditions Wednesday in Huntley Meadows.

When I first scanned the boardwalk area, I noticed an abundance of frogs. Unlike past visits where they just sit still and bake in the sun, a number of them were slowing walking through the water. Although that seems minor, I guess it speaks to their preference for moderate temperatures.

It wasn’t until I reached a buttonwood tree that I saw something a little different. Read the rest of this entry »

There’s no broad theme to describe Saturday’s afternoon trip through Huntley Meadows besides hot. I’m not talking a ‘roll up your sleeves’ kind of hot, but rather the muggy steamy feeling like your head is against an iron hot.

The smart animals stuck close to the water, and so did I. Read the rest of this entry »