Jordan Lake: The autumn air warmed enough this morning for me to share a moment with a delightful critter. Here in the southern US we call this lizard a chameleon because it changes colors depending on the surface it is upon. However, it is not a true chameleon (which lives in parts of Africa and other Old World sites) which can change more than between green and brown. Properly, our color changer is known as a green anole. I hope you enjoy its ramble.
reptiles, amphibians, fishCategory
Eel for Breakfast
Jordan Lake: Great blue herons enjoy the occasional meal of American eel. I wondered if this was the fledgling’s first taste of eel. #AmericanEel #Eel #GreatBlueHeron
Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River: Breakfast Buddies
The fledgling great blue heron is alert and watching for fish. The turtle is watching for food too. I sometimes think that the turtles wait for the herons to drop tidbits and they can share a meal.
Jordan Lake Dam: Another Big Bass Capture!
From one end of Jordan Lake to the other, the ospreys are hauling in big bass.
Dad osprey was fishing in the Haw River, inside the riprap at the dam.
Into the flight path of the osprey a great blue heron appeared.
The osprey ignored the squawking heron and concentrated on the bass.
You can see that the raptor was struggling to get the whole fish above the water.
Dad osprey managed the lift and was up and away towards his nest. Whew!
JL Neighborhood Roundup, part 1, 6 photos 8/10/2018
I always have so much of Jordan Lake that I want to share!
My emphasis for my media time is usually on the bird life – in particular the raptors.
But by no means do I miss opportunities to photograph the other lives at Jordan Lake.
So, this is part 1 for the current catchup: critters without feathers.
Meet the official North Carolina Reptile: the Eastern Box Turtle
This beautiful box turtle strolled out from under my truck as I was packing up to leave one morning.
I picked him up and carried him, in the same direction he was headed, to an area in the woods off the edge of the parking lot.
The Imperial Moth was well-named: this one was wider than my hand.
They get to be about 4” across in their wingspan.
The Sleepy Orange butterfly.
If the photo was of this butterfly with his wings out flat, you would see the “orange” of its name.
The Swamp Cicada.
This noise maker is an annual cicada: they appear every year. Some cicada species appear every 13 or 17 years.
I really like its brilliant green wing veins.
The Deep Yellow Euchlaena moth.
The angles in the wing structure and the curves in the color patterns make an interesting and pleasing contrast.
Skink tail bling!
Notice that I did not name the specie.
Without a clear photo of the side of the face of a skink, I have no way to know if this is a five-lined skink or an immature broad-headed skink.
Just Whose Fish Is It?
2 year-old bald eagles will do just about anything to get a meal …
especially if it means little work on their part.
I watched the gull catch the fish and suddenly drop it.
The young eagle swooped in,
snagged the fish from right at the lake’s surface
and headed for shore where he consumed the gull’s catch.