Today is National Turtle Day, an important day that brings awareness to the conservation of turtles! My parents were never able to drive down any road without having to pull over so I could move a turtle off the road. Regrettable, most of the turtles that we pulled over for had been hit or were wounded. Turtles are an important part of our ecosystem and sometimes they need a helping hand. Be sure to watch the roads for our shelled friends and be sure to check your backyard to see if you have any taking up residence in your area.
Pictured below top to bottom is a Mud turtle and two box turtles. The box turtle at the bottom was filmed in my backyard just this week. All shot with a Canon 5D Mark III, 180mm macro.
Cliff swallows are colonial birds that are commonly found nesting under bridges and other man made structures. These birds appear busy on the surface calling, feeding and building their nest but a closer look reveals a not so harmonious community life style.
Going by a variety of names such as sun spiders, wind scorpions, wind spiders and jerrymanders, camel spiders are found in arid parts of the United States. Many people have not seen these arachnids and it is easy to come away puzzled from your first encounter with a camel spider. While these animals are strange in appearance, stranger yet, is their mating habits. In the video you will see a male inserting sperm into the female with his jaws using a chewing motion. Their jaws can be quite intimidating however, rest assured these arachnids are not venomous and bite only if handled.
How did your encounter with camel spider go?
We have been filming wildlife for several years now and can tell you that being a self-taught and self-made wildlife photographer and cinematographer hasn’t been an easy path. The passion that Ray and I both have for wildlife has offset the endless work and demands that accompany one as they attempt to launch a new life as a photographer and cinematographer. Ray and I are extremely thankful for the support that our followers have given us. Thanks to the growing support of our endeavors Texas Wild will now be aired on many other PBS stations throughout Texas. We are excited to be a part of KEDT Corpus Chirsti as well as KAMU College Station. Thanks for watching!
Copperhead shot with a Canon 5D Mark III with a 180mm lens and a 20mm extension tube. Bastrop State Park, 2015.