Friday, May 13, 2011
Eastern Box Turtle
Whew, what a week, is it really over? This week the field season for my day job began in earnest. When you're working with birds, you've to go be on their schedule. I set my alarm this week anywhere from 2:45 to 4:00 a.m. depending where I needed to be to count grassland birds. Needless to say, adjusting to this new schedule is not easy, but I think I'm in the swing of things now.
This morning on my way to a field site, I encountered this male eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) just as you see it. I quickly jumped out of the car to photograph this amazing creature with my trusty Iphone 4. Although this gravel road gets little traffic, I still moved him to the other side where he was headed. I don't think there's a better way to start a field day than with a box turtle.