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Standing Out In The Green - Barred Owl - Strix varia    $     ?
Standing Out In The Green - Barred Owl - Strix varia

Heading Out To Sea - Loggerhead Turtle - Caretta caretta    $     ?
Heading Out To Sea - Loggerhead Turtle - Caretta caretta

Zebra Longwing Butterflies - Heliconius charithonius    $     ?
Zebra Longwing Butterflies - Heliconius charithonius

Area wildlife includes sea turtles that nest on local beaches in the summer. "Heading Out To Sea" is a photograph of a loggerhead turtle that had just hatched and dug itself out of the nest. The light of early dawn shines on the turtle as it pauses on the beach just before rushing into the ocean. Below this is a photograph of the tracks left in the sand by an adult loggerhead that came ashore to dig a nest and lay eggs. There is one human footprint in this image, can you find it? Two of the hundreds of birds that live and visit us include this barred owl that was seen in Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange during a spring migratory bird count. The young tricolored heron appears to be having a "Bad Hair Day". Zebra longwings is our state butterfly and these two were in Tiger Bay State Forest feeding on the flowers of Bidens alba, known commonly as beggarticks or Spanish needles. Young foxes are called kits, and this one was standing next to one of the entrances to the burrow in a rural area south of Spruce Creek.

Bad Hair Day - Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor    ?
Bad Hair Day - Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor

Turtle Tracks - Loggerhead tracks in the sand    $     ?
Turtle Tracks - Loggerhead tracks in the sand

Red Fox Kit - Vulpes vulpes var. fulva    ?
Red Fox Kit - Vulpes vulpes var. fulva

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