On Oct. 8 I visited the beautiful Roosevelt Natural Area Trail which can be accessed at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. I always see seasonal birds here in this old maritime forest which lies between two marsh areas, one along the sound and the other on the interior. Early fall is a good time to see migrating warblers here and I was fortunate to see and photograph my first Black-throated Green warbler. I also got pics of a male and female American Redstart, a Northern Parula, and a variety of wading birds. If you are in the area, don’t miss this trail for beautiful scenery and wildlife. See pics below.
There are always different things to see at this favorite local birding site, and many times there are unexpected surprises. On October 12, I went looking for warbler migrators, but got caught up in the Cormorants diving for catfish. October is the month that the Park hosts a catfish contest and many local fisherman vie for the biggest one for prizes and bragging rights. Most of those fishermen could learn a thing or two from these guys!! What was amazing was the size of the fish they could catch and swallow. There were two fishing together, but one was having all of the luck. The other became obviously frustrated after a while and so the fight began over the latest catch. See the photos below in the gallery for a series of pics following the progress of the struggle. Check out the size of the fish they can swallow, even while fighting!
Then on October 14, I was there again for warblers and again found myself sidetracked by a beautiful Osprey diving the ponds for fish. This one was probably a visitor, because I think the residential pair have already left for warmer places. The bird gave me a real show, diving several times from a tall tree on the back pond. See pics below after the Cormorants.
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A favorite place of mine to visit in the Raleigh area when I am visiting my son and his family is the Durant Nature Preserve (click link for the Home page on this site). I was last there on Oct. 6 and got many pictures of birds, insects, and flowers(see main page). But I was especially pleased to get a series of photos of a Green Anole shedding its skin. Like all reptiles they shed regularly, as often as every few months when young and growing fast, and less often as aging slows growth. I did not catch the shedding from the beginning, and the shots were taken over about a 45 minute time period. It was interesting that the lizard used the branches of the vine it was on to rub the skin off. it also would grab the skin in its mouth and pull it off and eat it!! This is not an event I had observed before in the wild--- Enjoy the photos below.
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