Another super hot day on the island! I saw a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron sitting in a tree limb that was hanging over the water in our backyard. I took my camera outside to check him out. Looks like he had taken a bath and was drying off. While I was standing at the edge of the water a large Florida soft shell turtle came up to the edge scrounging for food. I hoped he would come out of the water, but he wasn't interested.
Hey, Lady, trying to dry off after my bath. Do you mind?
How about if I turn my back and stomp my foot?!
You don't take hints very well, do you?
The shell on this soft shell turtle was probably 20 to 24 inches long. Not a great picture through the water, but you can see the green stuff, which I assume is algae, on its back.
You can see its nose really well in the picture below. They stick their nose above water like a snorkel to breathe.
I've been trying to get a photo of one of these yellow butterflies for weeks. They rarely stop for more than a second. This one happened to land right in front of me. Finally! I can mark that off my list.