Although they are a shore bird killdeer are often found away from water in parks, farm fields, golf courses and along gravel roads. When a predator shows up near the nest or young the adult bird will often fake a wing injuring to try to lure the predator away. When the predator is far enough away from the nest or young or if it gets to close the adult will give up the rouse and fly away. This does not stop animals like cows that are not interested in eating the adult. In these cases the bird will puff itself up as large as possible and charge the larger animal, hoping to get it to change its path. The bird in the photo above is faking a broken wing.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The Julia butterfly is a tropical brushfoot butterfly that is a member of the Heliconiinae, or logwing, subfamily. They can be found from the southern United States, particularly south Texas and Florida, down through Mexico and Central America and into Brazil. On some years, depending on the weather, they will invade northward up as far as the Central United States. Their larval host plants are passion vines.