Other ‘Backyard’ Wildlife Residents

Besides Osprey Bella & Beau and family, as well as other birds I’ve shared, I thought I’d show some of my other ‘backyard’ wildlife residents around the creek that happened to catch my eye from my balcony.

Diamondback Terrapin turtles are everywhere and fun to capture.  I’ve taken WAY too many turtle photos, lol.

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Diamondback Terrapin Turtle


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Diamondback Terrapin Turtle


When not swimming around, they will find a perch to sun themselves.

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Diamondback Terrapin Turtles


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Diamondback Terrapin Turtle



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Diamondback Terrapin Turtle


I love photographing turtles, they can be quite comical at times.

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“Ha!  Did you doubt I would?”


We even get Snapping Turtles.

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Snapping Turtle


It has been exciting to see Cownose Rays gliding just under the surface many times.

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Cownose Ray


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Cownose Rays


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Cownose Rays


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Cownose Ray


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Cownose Ray



How about a muskrat?  He quickly disappeared as soon as I saw him.




Weeks later, I saw him again or one of his relatives.

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And then there was this snake…..I was glad I was on my balcony.

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Unidentified Snake


Trying to exit to the balcony through my slider one day, this Praying Mantis was watching me through the glass.

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Praying Mantis


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“Hello, may I come in?”


I’ll share a couple more faves I took of the Diamondback Terrapin turtles….

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Diamondback Terrapin Turtles


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“Hello there!”


I don’t think I could ever get bored being on my balcony.   🙂



49 thoughts on “Other ‘Backyard’ Wildlife Residents

  1. It’s fun living next to a body of water because of the amount of wildlife that love open spaces. Great photos Donna! 🙂

  2. Great collection of wildlife captures Donna! Was especially surprised sering the rays. I think your snake is a northern water snake. They’re fairly common and nonvenomous, however I believe they can be territorial/aggressive and have a nasty bite.

  3. Wow! Great pictures — and it looks as though the water is quite clear! Did you have any idea when you moved into that condo that you would have so much entertainment??

    • Thank you, Susan! The water isn’t so clear so I did have the challenge of getting them as close to the surface as possible. I got better shots on cloudy days, go figure, lol. No idea, but I knew that nest platform was going to be a start. 🙂

  4. That is a nice series. Are you comfortable going in the water with the rays and the snakes? The turtles have an intriguing pattern on their shell.The turtle on a rope has a funny commentary. Seeing yours prompted me to look up whether we have turtles here in Alberta. One. It is the Western Painted Turtle which I have never seen in the 30+ years that I have lived in this province. We do have muskrats though no rats;they actually shoot them at the border! We had Praying Mantis’ and snapping Turtles in Ontario,my Grandpa said the latter would bite my finger off so I avoided even trying to find them. You are very blessed to live where you do with the variety of wildlife that you can observe and photograph.

    • Thank you, Jane! No, I am not comfortable going in any water I cannot see my toes, lol. We have the Western Painted Turtle out west, the Eastern Painted Turtle here on the East Coast. I am scared of Snapping Turtles too, they do look fierce. Yes, I am blessed to have this place at this time in our life. We were fortunate to live on the water before, and I had an Osprey nest platform there off my balcony too. Plus all the wildlife that visited. I mix well with water and wildlife! 🙂

  5. Great pics of the turtles Donna, these are so much more attractive than our turtles. Even the snake looks like a work of art. You certainly are blessed with an amazing back yard, as you have shared, being able to view so much from your balcony. That Muskrat seems quite at home in the water the way he is swimming. Have an enjoyable and interesting week Donna!l

    • Thank you, Ashley! I’ve enjoyed the turtles and have taken too many shots of them, but they do give me practice. They must have excellent eyesight, I swear I’ve had stare-downs with them. lol I loved the snake shot, not so crazy about snakes though. My balcony has definitely kept me entertained while we transition with our life. 🙂 Have an awe-inspiring week too Ashley!!

  6. That is a very impressive collection of creatures (you have keep the snake). It might have been my imagination, but while walking through a misty park on the way home this morning, I thought I heard a deep growling sound coming from the bushy area near the pond. I don’t hang around to investigate. Might have been a stray dog, or something more monstrous.

    • Thank you, although the snake falls in that category of fright along with spiders! I’d have stepped up my stride quickly if I heard a growling noise in the bush, not everything is worth investigating! 😉

    • Thank you, Helen! I’m writing a new B&B post now. I just told you in a previous post comment this morning I thought Beau wasn’t at his perch this morning, but did I just take a photo of him there? I still need to download my shots to verify, but whether it was him or another bird, it left the perch again. It is to rain & be windy all day, so I’m home and will be watching periodically the favorite perches. But it is definitely quiet now….. 😉

  7. I loved the variety of species that you’re able to photograph from your balcony! The turtles are fun to watch as they claw their way out of the water to bask in the sun, especially your photos showing them on the ladder.

    I was a bit surprised by the rays, I had never heard of that species before, and didn’t know that they lived in Chesapeake Bay.

    • Thank you, Jerry, it’s a lot of fun when I want to avoid housework! 😉 Out in the Chesapeake Bay, we’ve had the Cownose Rays swimming all around our boat, but I was quite surprised that they came from the bay up the river and into our creek to feed. It looked many times like there were lots of small ones/babies. They will be leaving south for Florida by October and return back to their Chesapeake Bay breeding grounds in the Spring.

  8. Nice photos. I’m curious how the turtle in the 5th photo got on that rung, Seems like too big a stretch and pull from the rung underwater. Did he get up there at high tide? 🙂

    • Thank you, David! Yes, high tide helped that fella. We have a 1-2 ft level change. It was hot that day, too, I wondered if he was going to be stuck there and bake. So I kept my eye on him as he got higher and higher out of the water. Then another glance, and he was gone. I was glad, I was thinking I was going to have to nudge him in the water with a pole. 😉

  9. What interesting neighbors you have Donna. The patterns and colors of the carapaces are absolutely gorgeous. I like taking turtle photos, too, but compared to yours, ours are not nearly as comical.
    Have a good week.

    • Those turtles must also have great eyesight, when I was focusing on them, they would look straight at me and go under. Who knew you could have a staring contest with a turtle! 😉

    • Thank you, Eliza, I do love it. Our creek is tidal waters from the Chesapeake Bay, so the turtles start lounging at high tide and then appear to possibly get stuck there, but they never do. Of course, that big one on the rung had me thinking I was going to have to nudge him in, he didn’t look like he could do it himself. But another glance and he was gone back into the water. That must have been a loud splash! 😉

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