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Dragonflies, birding tour and National Trails Festival hike to start out autumn...

Welcome to the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography Newsletter October 2018 edition.

In September I went on a birding trip with the Halifax River Audubon Society to Canaveral National Seashore. Now that I no longer have a day job, I am free to attend these field trips that are often on Fridays. While is was a nice birding day, it seemed to possibly be an even better butterfly day. These included one of the longwing butterflies, a male Julia.
Male Julia on painted leaf male  Julia on painted leaf
I had only seen one Julia butterfly before and that was a female in the Florida Keys earlier this year. You can read more about that experience on the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography Schaus' Butterfly post from this June.
Male Julia on painted leaf side view of male  Julia on painted leaf

Also on that Canaveral National Seashore birding trip. I photographed a small dark dragonfly that turned out to be a seaside dragonlet.
 male  seaside dragonlet
This turned out to be the beginning of several weeks of photographing and identifying several small, similar looking dragonflies. You can read more about those dragonflies, including photos and identification tips for seaside dragonlet, little blue dragonlet and blue dasher in the latest Paul Rebmann Nature Photography blog post.

Recently I acted as nature guide on two occasions. First in September for an acquaintance of my wife & I who was visiting Florida from Pennsylvania with her sister from New Mexico. They had been on a cruise and wanted to follow it up with some Florida birding, so I took them out to Vierra Wetlands one morning. It was going to be hard to follow up their birding day in Cuba that they did the week before, but two birds were a particularly nice treat, and I had not even seen them when I did a preliminary visit a couple weeks before. First were a number of caracaras that were roosting in the treetops and the other was a black crowned night heron that also perched in the same stand of trees. The highlight of the day was taking Ruth & Ann to the Helen and Allan Cruickshank Sanctuary where they both saw their first Florida Scrub Jay.
 Seeing their first Florida Scrub Jay
We did see some much closer scrub jays before leaving the sanctuary.

Then in October the Florida Trail Association was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trail System with a festival in DeLand. As part of that celebration I lead a nature walk on the Buncombe Hill Trail in Tiger Bay State Forest. I had ten hikers plus a little dog and everyone seemed to enjoy the two mile loop.  Hikers on Buncombe Hill Trail during the National Trails Festival
The two little girls were particularly good nature spotters, finding some small snails that I had never noticed out there before.
Manatee Treesnail manatee treesnail

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