Thursday, June 27, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Great egrets of the West Bloomfield Trail wetlands: Nature's Way!
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Season of the Snapper: A time to lay eggs!
|Photos by Jonathan Schechter 6/1/2013|
|Hikers and strollers stopped to watch and kept a respectful distance.|
|She scooped with hind legs and positioned herself for egg laying.|
|She watched us casually and did not withdraw her algae and duckweed covered head.|
I carefully positioned myself near her backside and zoomed the lens just in time to capture the image of egg leaving her body and joining others in her muddy nest. Once the egg-laying ended she will leave her nest that will mostly likely have several dozen eggs or more. She will never return. If raccoons or coyotes do not dig up the eggs for a tasty snack the hatchlings will emerge in as little as 55 days or in as much as 140 days; it all depends on soil and weather conditions. A great day in nature for the trailside turtle and for me on the new West Bloomfield Trail.