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A "WILD" South Florida Yard - Birds Lizards and More!

+++ Every one of these Plants & Animals live in our yard for either Premanent or Seasonal stays +++ (West Palm Beach area)......Thanks Much for looking!

… A Very Very Sad farewell to Steve Irwin from me and my house …. I thought not to mention it, but it is a personal tribute of just how one individual can affect someone a half an Earth away who he might have never met…….After watching some of Steve’s first shows on Discovery a few years ago I decided to take pics of my back yard & put them online at this site (& even my Pit Bull Suzzy) – his enthusiasm for ecology totally inspired me ….

Butterflies Love the Bleeding Hearts
Butterflies Love the Bleeding Hearts
Cool Yard Wildflower
Cool Yard Wildflower
Cool Yard Flower..
Cool Yard Flower..
Cool Yard Flower closer ...
Cool Yard Flower closer ...
our Easter Lily's blooming
our Easter Lily's blooming
The Gardenia Bush
The Gardenia Bush
a beautiful Red Hibiscus !
a beautiful Red Hibiscus !
a cool Yellow Hibiscus !
a cool Yellow Hibiscus !
my great Ylang-ylang tree I planted from a foot high
my great Ylang-ylang tree I planted from a foot high
Ylang-ylang  Flowers -  actually the essence of Chanel #5 perfume - Very fragrent !!
Ylang-ylang Flowers - actually the essence of Chanel #5 perfume - Very fragrent !!
More Ylang-ylang  Flowers
More Ylang-ylang Flowers
The Bananas are blooming in the yard
The Bananas are blooming in the yard
a large Banana Leaf holds a lot of Water for the locals ...
a large Banana Leaf holds a lot of Water for the locals ...
The large Avacado Tree fruit is great to eat!
The large Avacado Tree fruit is great to eat!
Ripe Palm Berries that Birds just love
Ripe Palm Berries that Birds just love
my Red Cedar I planted as a little guy also - just noticed a Cardinal's nest in it!
my Red Cedar I planted as a little guy also - just noticed a Cardinal's nest in it!
Yard Leaf pretty large
Yard Leaf pretty large
a cool Vine of Large Leaves growing on the Wall ...
a cool Vine of Large Leaves growing on the Wall ...
a Great looking Ficus Root
a Great looking Ficus Root
Some great Butterfly Flowers
Some great Butterfly Flowers
Another Butterfky Flower
Another Butterfky Flower
Shadows on a Palm Leaf
Shadows on a Palm Leaf
Crotons flurish in the yard adding color
Crotons flurish in the yard adding color
Cool: Dragonfly Wing & a Leaf in the yard – Symmetry
Cool: Dragonfly Wing & a Leaf in the yard – Symmetry
A school of juvenileOscars, Shell-Crackers and Catfish lineing up for a piece of fresh Publix 99cent bread !!
A school of juvenileOscars, Shell-Crackers and Catfish lineing up for a piece of fresh Publix 99cent bread !!
Two Little Guys swimming on a Sea Grape Leaf ..
Two Little Guys swimming on a Sea Grape Leaf ..
A Few Adults waiting for some Bread
A Few Adults waiting for some Bread
Minnow Cafe
Minnow Cafe
Gator Boy  (bout 12 feet long - 2004) takin in the rays on the south lake bank after a good meal!
Gator Boy (bout 12 feet long - 2004) takin in the rays on the south lake bank after a good meal!
New Gator Boy pic: sunning on the north lake bank 3-16-06 pic 1
New Gator Boy pic: sunning on the north lake bank 3-16-06 pic 1
New Gator Boy pic: sunning on the north lake bank 3-16-06 pic 3
New Gator Boy pic: sunning on the north lake bank 3-16-06 pic 3
Best Side to be on with GatorBoy :-)
Best Side to be on with GatorBoy :-)
New Baby GatorBoy Jr. - just started coming around - he's about 3 ft long & hassles the small water birds, but they are to quick
New Baby GatorBoy Jr. - just started coming around - he's about 3 ft long & hassles the small water birds, but they are to quick
Mr.Froggie
Mr.Froggie
Baby Turtle boy - looks like someone threw a house pet into the lake :-(
Baby Turtle boy - looks like someone threw a house pet into the lake :-(
My Turtle Buddy - takes bread right out of my hand
My Turtle Buddy - takes bread right out of my hand
Turtle Buddy checkin me out
Turtle Buddy checkin me out
 Zebra Longwings are everywhere
Zebra Longwings are everywhere
Mr Butterfly stealing food from a Spider
Mr Butterfly stealing food from a Spider
a Gulf Fritillary taking a Break !!
a Gulf Fritillary taking a Break !!
another great Butterfly
another great Butterfly
a couple of really beautiful Butterflies mating ...
a couple of really beautiful Butterflies mating ...
..from another angle ... not 'photoshopped' .. just contrasted...
..from another angle ... not 'photoshopped' .. just contrasted...
A Hard Worker in the Garden !
A Hard Worker in the Garden !
HooverFlies are Very curious - they get a foot from my face - hoover (like a helicopter) for 3 seconds - then dart away!
HooverFlies are Very curious - they get a foot from my face - hoover (like a helicopter) for 3 seconds - then dart away!
his Brother (?)
his Brother (?)
a Leaf Fly sunning herself !
a Leaf Fly sunning herself !
The Fruit Fly Cafe - the end of their long day sucking citrius!
The Fruit Fly Cafe - the end of their long day sucking citrius!
a Bee of some kind chowing..
a Bee of some kind chowing..
a wonderful worker Bee - beautiful creatures!
a wonderful worker Bee - beautiful creatures!
a Friendly Dragonfly
a Friendly Dragonfly
another very friendly DragonFly
another very friendly DragonFly
A Carolina Sphinx Moth loves it here
A Carolina Sphinx Moth loves it here
Carolina has got his (?) Eye on you
Carolina has got his (?) Eye on you
Carolina is Ready to Take Off
Carolina is Ready to Take Off
A 4 inch Orb (night) Spider Lookin for a meal
A 4 inch Orb (night) Spider Lookin for a meal
a beautiful 5 inch Mrs Golden Silk Spider in the yard + Smaller Male in the backround !!
a beautiful 5 inch Mrs Golden Silk Spider in the yard + Smaller Male in the backround !!
 Straight-On Facedown  She wouldnt move a budge with hubby in the back !!
Straight-On Facedown She wouldnt move a budge with hubby in the back !!
Bottomview from backend with smaller Male in the top lef !!
Bottomview from backend with smaller Male in the top lef !!
Greaat Head closeup !
Greaat Head closeup !
Happy Face on bottom of Mrs. Spiders body   :-)
Happy Face on bottom of Mrs. Spiders body :-)
a Brown Anole hiding in plane site !?!?
a Brown Anole hiding in plane site !?!?
a 14 inch Knight Anole checking me out - fairly friendly - let me get fairly close
a 14 inch Knight Anole checking me out - fairly friendly - let me get fairly close
first time I ever saw one in Palm Beach County
first time I ever saw one in Palm Beach County
a Knight Anole 'hanging out' on my Ficus tree
a Knight Anole 'hanging out' on my Ficus tree
And 'None Shall Pass'
And 'None Shall Pass'
Big Daddy Iguana loves the Mangoes - All the Big Daddies are at least 6 feet long!
Big Daddy Iguana loves the Mangoes - All the "Big Daddies" are at least 6 feet long!
another Big Daddy in the trees across the lake
another Big Daddy in the trees across the lake
Iguana JR. watches for Suzzie the dog
Iguana JR. watches for Suzzie the dog
Iguana LiL Sis being coy in the grass
Iguana LiL Sis being coy in the grass
This 'teen aged' Iguans is quite friendly
This 'teen aged' Iguans is quite friendly
Big Daddy Iguana takin in the rays on the Ficus Tree
Big Daddy Iguana takin in the rays on the Ficus Tree
my newest jr. lizzard buddy - I pulled him out when stuck in a chain link fence - he now lets me get close (about 10ft only) !
my newest jr. lizzard buddy - I pulled him out when stuck in a chain link fence - he now lets me get close (about 10ft only) !
climbing up the Ficus Tree for some berries
climbing up the Ficus Tree for some berries
climbing away from Suzzy & I ...
climbing away from Suzzy & I ...
my newest jr. lizzard buddy again
my newest jr. lizzard buddy again
another Big Daddy Closeup!
another Big Daddy Closeup!
our friendly BlackSnake sunns himself regularly
our friendly BlackSnake sunns himself regularly
Mr. Snake gettin a suntan !
Mr. Snake gettin a suntan !
Mr. Mouse lives on the edge of where I feed the songbirds
Mr. Mouse lives on the edge of where I feed the songbirds
Mr. Mouse lookin for some crumbs
Mr. Mouse lookin for some crumbs
Mr. Mouse jumping over the grass blades; running from Mr. Black Snake !!
Mr. Mouse jumping over the grass blades; running from Mr. Black Snake !!
A Little Fuzzy Tail checkin out the situation
A Little Fuzzy Tail checkin out the situation
Fuzzy Tail on a log
Fuzzy Tail on a log
Mrs. Squirrel facing me down!
Mrs. Squirrel facing me down!
Mr. Otter - WOW! My New Resident Buddy.. there is a Mrs. Otter but she was to shy..
Mr. Otter - WOW! My New Resident Buddy.. there is a Mrs. Otter but she was to shy..
Mr. Otter takes a yawn - Look at those Hangers !
Mr. Otter takes a yawn - Look at those Hangers !
Mr. Otter trying to make friends ! probably with the fish to :-(
Mr. Otter trying to make friends ! probably with the fish to :-(
bunches of Parrots feed on the Palm Berries
bunches of Parrots feed on the Palm Berries
a couple of Love Parrots
a couple of Love Parrots
she fights the fish for the bread I throw in the lake
she fights the fish for the bread I throw in the lake
Mr. (Raptor) Blue Jay - who eats raw in the shell peanuts & baby birds !
Mr. (Raptor) Blue Jay - who eats "raw in the shell peanuts" & "baby birds" !
Tough Guy
Tough Guy
Tough Guy's Brother
Tough Guy's Brother
the tough BlueJay is almost 1st to the feeding
the tough BlueJay is almost 1st to the feeding
Mr. BJ thinking about the Big Nut !
Mr. BJ thinking about the Big Nut !
Mr. Cardinal keeps a watchful eye on me
Mr. Cardinal keeps a watchful eye on me
Mrs.Cardinal gettin a free meal
Mrs.Cardinal gettin a free meal
this really cool Ringnecked Dove is pretty friendly
this really cool Ringnecked Dove is pretty friendly
his brother (?) waits patiently for crackers
his brother (?) waits patiently for crackers
the local Pigeon likes the songbird feed
the local Pigeon likes the songbird feed
White Rock Dove & Turtle Dove Buddies ...
White Rock Dove & Turtle Dove Buddies ...
A  little friendly Eastern Screech Owl that I have been trying to get a in focus shot of him in the yard for years….
A little friendly Eastern Screech Owl that I have been trying to get a in focus shot of him in the yard for years….
A Sharp-Shinned  Hawk with Mr. Mouse   :-(   ,  shot through the pourch screen mesh
A Sharp-Shinned Hawk with Mr. Mouse :-( , shot through the pourch screen mesh
Take Home   :-(
Take Home :-(
Mr Hawk at dusk peering through the trees
Mr Hawk at dusk peering through the trees
And Now Looking the Other Way ..
And Now Looking the Other Way ..
Mr. Hawk sits on my 'Bench of Thought' sometimes, at the edge of the lake..
Mr. Hawk sits on my 'Bench of Thought' sometimes, at the edge of the lake..
tons of Blackbirds
tons of Blackbirds
Mr. Woodpecker ( Downy Woodpecker )
Mr. Woodpecker ( Downy Woodpecker )
Oreil chomping on Palm Berries!
Oreil chomping on Palm Berries!
The Oriel still chowing on Palm Berries!
The Oriel still chowing on Palm Berries!
a Black-throated blue Warbler (?) birdie eating the Ficus Berrys
a Black-throated blue Warbler (?) birdie eating the Ficus Berrys
possibly a Catbird & is very friendly
possibly a Catbird & is very friendly
a cool little very inquisitive Warbling Viero
a cool little very inquisitive Warbling Viero
hiding in the bush
hiding in the bush
A Little Closer to the Palm Warbler
A Little Closer to the Palm Warbler
Mr. Palm Warbler (again)
Mr. Palm Warbler (again)
A beautiful Black & White Wabler
A beautiful Black & White Wabler
A top view of the cool Black & White Wabler
A top view of the cool Black & White Wabler
A beautiful Yellow Wabler - to fast to catch clear yet!
A beautiful Yellow Wabler - to fast to catch clear yet!
Blue Heron looking for breakfast
Blue Heron looking for breakfast
a mature Great Blue Heron checking me out - cannot get close to him
a mature Great Blue Heron checking me out - cannot get close to him
the mature Great Blue making sure he looks good for the Ladies
the mature Great Blue making sure he looks good for the Ladies
Great Blue Heron doing the one-step
Great Blue Heron doing the one-step
the mature Blue Heron looking for dinner
the mature Blue Heron looking for dinner
I saw this juvenile Great Blue Heron only 1 day - he let me get 10 feet away for 2 hours of shooting & I have never seen him aga
I saw this juvenile Great Blue Heron only 1 day - he let me get 10 feet away for 2 hours of shooting & I have never seen him aga
the friendly juvenile Great Blue
the friendly juvenile Great Blue
Another Great Blue Heron hanging about - I think a different one - hard ta tell some of them apart ??
Another Great Blue Heron hanging about - I think a different one - hard ta tell some of them apart ??
A Great White Egret checkin me out
A Great White Egret checkin me out
The Great Blue & Great White chatting after lunch
The Great Blue & Great White chatting after lunch
Two Great Whites courting (I think)
Two Great Whites courting (I think)
aTri-Colored Heron looking for a meal
aTri-Colored Heron looking for a meal
Tri-Colored Heron waiting.
Tri-Colored Heron waiting.
Tri-Colored Heron still waiting
Tri-Colored Heron still waiting
Tri-Colored Heron makin like a Helicopter
Tri-Colored Heron makin like a Helicopter
A Green-Backed Heron on the prowl
A Green-Backed Heron on the prowl
A little closer to Green-Backed Heron !!
A little closer to Green-Backed Heron !!
Anothe close-up of the Green-Backed Heron !!
Anothe close-up of the Green-Backed Heron !!
Mr. Limpkin checkin me out
Mr. Limpkin checkin me out
Mr & Mrs Limpkin, eating Freshwater Clams
Mr & Mrs Limpkin, eating Freshwater Clams
Mrs Limpkin looking for freshwater Clams
Mrs Limpkin looking for freshwater Clams
Mrs Limpkin dunkin for a Freshwater Clam
Mrs Limpkin dunkin for a Freshwater Clam
Mom & Dad_Limpkin checking me out
Mom & Dad_Limpkin checking me out
Limpin Jr. - VERY RARE Shot - Limpkins are Very Very Shy when with young (around here) - took 10 years to get this shot  :-) !!!
Limpin Jr. - VERY RARE Shot - Limpkins are Very Very Shy when with young (around here) - took 10 years to get this shot :-) !!!
Little Limpkin Scared & watching out for GatorBoy Jr !!
Little Limpkin Scared & watching out for GatorBoy Jr !!
Little Limpkins Heading for the thickett with Mom !!
Little Limpkins Heading for the thickett with Mom !!
Daddy Limpkin on the lookout in the evening !
Daddy Limpkin on the lookout in the evening !
These many White Ibis do their rounds once a week looking for grubs
These many White Ibis do their rounds once a week looking for grubs
Friendly but wary White Ibis
Friendly but wary White Ibis
This Adult Black-Crowned Night Heron eats the fish when I feed them bread
This Adult Black-Crowned Night Heron eats the fish when I feed them bread
he got himself a BIG dinner - I call him 'Bobby Bird' !!
he got himself a BIG dinner - I call him 'Bobby Bird' !!
The Young Black-Crowned Night Heron geting a little spooked !
The Young Black-Crowned Night Heron geting a little spooked !
the very immature Black-Crowned Night Heron's Close-Up !
the very immature Black-Crowned Night Heron's Close-Up !
a very immature Black-Crowned Night Heron has been hanging around
a very immature Black-Crowned Night Heron has been hanging around
my new young buddy I am helping (I hope) teach him how to fish - I throw in bread & he tries ta get the fish !
my new young buddy I am helping (I hope) teach him how to fish - I throw in bread & he tries ta get the fish !
Yellow-Crowned Night Herron Sunning
Yellow-Crowned Night Herron Sunning
This Great Egret loves eating Snakes in our yard
This Great Egret loves eating Snakes in our yard
the Great White Egret lookin for another meal in the yard
the Great White Egret lookin for another meal in the yard
The Great White Egret looking out for Suzzy !
The Great White Egret looking out for Suzzy !
He's lookin Straight at Me now !!
He's lookin Straight at Me now !!
Can't get close to him at all !
Can't get close to him at all !
There he Goes !!!!
There he Goes !!!!
The Great White Egret at dusk after a hard day on the lake!
The Great White Egret at dusk after a hard day on the lake!
another Anhinga swallowing some dinner
another Anhinga swallowing some dinner
a fish in her throat again
a fish in her throat again
Close up of a males feathers
Close up of a males feathers
yes its a Commrand also - not to many here
yes its a Commrand also - not to many here
A Stork overhead
A Stork overhead
Buzzard Boy (Turkey Vulture) lookin for a treat - Way Far Up!
Buzzard Boy (Turkey Vulture) lookin for a treat - Way Far Up!
 Buzzard Boy checkin our lake shore
Buzzard Boy checkin our lake shore
Buzzard Boy at the lakes edge eating a tasty dead fish ..
Buzzard Boy at the lakes edge eating a tasty dead fish ..
Buzzard Boy taking off slowly ...
Buzzard Boy taking off slowly ...
Buzzard Boy still taking off - takes time with him !
Buzzard Boy still taking off - takes time with him !
The Ospray lookin for some Bass on His same Perch Every Morning
The Ospray lookin for some Bass on His same Perch Every Morning
the Osprey with a great looking Bass for dinner!
the Osprey with a great looking Bass for dinner!
Osprey got a Garfish
Osprey got a Garfish
the Osprey wind surfing Real high
the Osprey wind surfing Real high
a Brown Pelican likes freshwater fish im our lake
a Brown Pelican likes freshwater fish im our lake
Mr. Pelican looking for a freshwater lunch
Mr. Pelican looking for a freshwater lunch
the Brown Pelican pearches on Austrialian Pines
the Brown Pelican pearches on Austrialian Pines
even Sea Gulls like my bread on the lake
even Sea Gulls like my bread on the lake
a very shy Pied-Billed Grebe - always keeps a distance of about 40 ft from me??
a very shy Pied-Billed Grebe - always keeps a distance of about 40 ft from me??
Mr & Mrs Black Duck  rested in my yard for a few hours & I never saw them again  :-(
Mr & Mrs Black Duck rested in my yard for a few hours & I never saw them again :-(
A Grackle nest that I almost trimmed in the hedges
A Grackle nest that I almost trimmed in the hedges
Daddy Grackle watching me take pics of his nest !
Daddy Grackle watching me take pics of his nest !
Ma and Pa Moorhens
Ma and Pa Moorhens
Momma Moorhen & litter of babies hide from the Hawk
Momma Moorhen & litter of babies hide from the Hawk
Momma Moorhen taking a few monents by herself
Momma Moorhen taking a few monents by herself
MooreHen Babies hurrying place to place
MooreHen Babies hurrying place to place
Truckin on their own - but the Hawk always watches
Truckin on their own - but the Hawk always watches
Watching Me Watching her New 5-05 Babies
Watching Me Watching her New 5-05 Babies
A Ferry  Ride on Momma
A Ferry Ride on Momma
The Ferry is Sinking
The Ferry is Sinking
Daddy MoorHen keeping a watchful eye
Daddy MoorHen keeping a watchful eye
On the Nest with the Aug-06 Litter
On the Nest with the Aug-06 Litter
Last Survivor of the Latest (Aug, 06) Litter
Last Survivor of the Latest (Aug, 06) Litter
In for the Night
In for the Night
 Suzzy and her Pups in the back yard - no need to worry about the Hawk here!
Suzzy and her Pups in the back yard - no need to worry about the Hawk here!
Suzzy watching out for GatorBoy!!
Suzzy watching out for GatorBoy!!
Suzzy's Birthday Party
Suzzy's Birthday Party
Suzzy a Great 'doggy' Love of my life - RIP
Suzzy a Great 'doggy' Love of my life - RIP
LuLu - my New Doggy love - a Rescued PoundPit - a Real SweetHeart - I Still Miss My Suzzy :-(
LuLu - my New Doggy love - a Rescued PoundPit - a Real SweetHeart - I Still Miss My Suzzy :-(
Up Above the Lake
Up Above the Lake
Path to the Lake
Path to the Lake
the Path by the lake
the Path by the lake
yes even the Blimp made it over the yard  going to aTrump Golf Tournment !?!
yes even the Blimp made it over the yard going to aTrump Golf Tournment !?!
I think we're on the Blimp mainline !! On to the Honda Golf  Classic !
I think we're on the Blimp mainline !! On to the Honda Golf Classic !
A Front moving in befor an evening _a
A Front moving in befor an evening _a
A Front moving in befor an evening_b
A Front moving in befor an evening_b
A Front moving in befor an  evening_c
A Front moving in befor an evening_c
The End of a Rainbow on my Back Porch !
The End of a Rainbow on my Back Porch !
The Other End of a Rainbow - touching the other side of the porch!
The Other End of a Rainbow - touching the other side of the porch!
The Very Cool Rainbow centered over our house - East View
The Very Cool Rainbow centered over our house - East View
a serious bunch of Sunset Clouds ..
a serious bunch of Sunset Clouds ..
looks like the hand of God painted this over our yard ..
looks like the hand of God painted this over our yard ..
The End of a Great Day in Our Back Yard - West View
The End of a Great Day in Our Back Yard - West View
His Name Is Written in Heavens  ....
His Name Is Written in Heavens ....