We had two days in a row with huge thunderstorms but tonight was totally calm and peaceful over the lake.
Judging by an article I read, this “trio” must be Black Vultures … the more attractive of the two varieties in Florida … the Turkey Vultures having featherless heads and necks with pink skin!
There were dozens of these vultures at the Hardee County Wildlife Refuge … just visiting I was told as they passed through – stopping for a quick snack of left over vegetables and fruits from the other animals there. The lady at the desk said they don’t normally have that many around.
Black vultures are monogamous and stick close to their mates all year round, for many years. They don’t build nests, but lay their eggs directly on the ground. However, they choose their nesting sites carefully, preferring areas such as caves, hollow trees, thickets or even abandoned buildings.
So many interesting things to learn about the Ostrich but I am sticking to information about the eye. Wish I’d caught this boy/girl full frontal (!) – they really look rather sweet and comical. (don’t think they are though). This Ostrich was a rescue and currently at Hardee County Wildlife Refuge in Zolfo Springs, Florida.
So – some little facts…
The flightless bird is famed for its running prowess, reaching speeds of 45mph (70kph) when pressed, which is fast enough to escape most predators. Those big, long powerful legs were born to run. But it has to see what to run from first. Standing up to 9ft (2.75cm) tall, it enjoys an excellent view over the grassland and bush. Meanwhile, the high number of photoreceptor cells in the eye, combined with the sheer size of the image from the lens, means the ostrich can see in phenomenal detail. Indeed it’s eye is at the size limit of usefulness, any larger and destruction would begin to distort the image.
“Go to work on an Egg” was a slogan in the 1950’s put out by the UK’s Egg Marketing Board … recently I’ve been enjoying having my egg out on the lanai – I LOVE this time of the year here in Florida as the sun is lower and it makes the lake water sparkle like diamonds – especially if there’s a little breeze.
I bet there are quite a few children who would love this bus to arrive outside their house to pick them up instead of the usual yellow one! Managed to get the photo just before the rains started and the man drove the bus off. Taken near Holmes Beach, Bradenton.