The migration of the Monarch Butterflies is well underway. I have been seeing lots of them everywhere I go here in NOVA. This one was sighted in Washington DC outside the National Gallery of Art. There were seven monarchs in the garden, but only this one had a tag. I reported the sighting but it will be a few months before I find out where it was tagged. There had been a publicity release a few days before near the capitol which may have included this butterfly.
I took a break from the winter weather to attend the Birds of a Feather birding festival in Palm Coast, Florida. It was a great three days of birding and photography. I participated in three full-day outings and the evening event featuring Moose Peterson. There was fog, overcast, and sunny periods, each presenting a birding and photography challenge. This Anhinga was taking advantage of a sunny period to dry off and warm up after diving for a meal.
This is Victoria, a night time blooming water lily. The flower opens at dusk releasing a sweet perfume to attract insects. When dawn approaches, the flower closes trapping any insects. The insects wander around looking for a way out which causes the flower to become pollinated. The next evening, the flower opens again and the insects can escape. This is a ten second exposure with a bit of fill from a flash.
A Roseate Spoonbill headed home to his nest at the St Augustine Alligator Farm. There is a rookery at the Farm which is the home for thousands of migrants during the mating season.
I spent several evenings at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm photographing birds. Sometimes I was so overwhelmed, I just stood watching the birds come and go. Some, the Brown Storks and some Great Egrets had already started raising their babies. Other birds were still in the nest building stage. As evening came on, many of the birds would take a rest from their daily activities and provide wonderful opportunities for photographs. I hope you agree.