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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

August 4, 2020

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

I am a male Northern Bobwhite
You can tell by my black eyestripe
If I were female my eyestripe would be lighter brown
In the southwest you might see a rare Masked Bobwhite.

Sources: Cornell Lab All About Birds - Northern Bobwhite

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, August 3, 2020

August 3, 2020

Location: Mattawamkeag, Maine

I am a female Eastern Dobsonfly
During breeding I can lay 1000 eggs
My mate has large sickle-like jaws
And as adults we live three to eight days.

Special thanks to guest photographer (and my big brother) Wayne Blanchard. 

Sources: UF | IFAS Featured Creatures - Eastern Dobsonfly

Photo © 2020 Wayne Blanchard, text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, August 2, 2020

August 2, 2020

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

I am a baby Gopher Tortoise
I am an ectotherm, which means I depend on the sun.
My mom laid between six and 8 eggs
I'm probably the only one left having fun*.

* As mentioned in the article below, "Within a few weeks of eggs being laid, up to 87% of nests may be predated upon, according to one study."

Sources: Animal Diversity Web: Gopherus polyphemus (Florida) Gopher Tortoise

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, August 1, 2020

August 1, 2020

Location: Taylor Creek/Nubbins Slough Conservation Area, Okeechobee

I am a White Peacock butterfly
Landing on some Frog Fruit
This was my host plant when I was caterpillar
But now I'm covered by scales and am far less hirsute.

Sources: Butterflies and Moths of North America: White Peacock

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

Location: Taylor Creek/Nubbins Slough Conservation Area, Okeechobee

I am a male Red-winged Blackbird
Unlike me, my mate is hard to recognize
She has brown stripes and does not have red wings, 
But we have identical beak, legs and eyes,

Sources: Cornell Lab All About Birds - Red-winged Blackbird

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020

Location: Taylor Creek/Nubbins Slough Conservation Area, Okeechobee

I am known as an Anhinga
Surviving in this age is no easy task
I spread my wings to social distance
But my beak keeps poking holes in my mask!

Sources: Birds Have Their Own Disease Problems That Sometimes Become Ours

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020

Location: Taylor Creek/Nubbins Slough Conservation Area, Okeechobee

I am a Great Egret
I hang out in shallow water to hunt frogs and fish
I strike quickly using my long neck and beak
And eat my prey with panache and relish.

Sources: Cornell Lab All About Birds - Great Egret

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson