March 27, 2018
Sunny Side Up
- as seen by -Patrick David Moldowan @AlgonquinWRS@AlgonquinWRShttp://algonquinwrs.ca
The vibrant yellow throat of the Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) is unmistakable.
“Buttercup”, the Blanding’s turtle (above), is a member of a long-term turtle life history studies established in 1972. Based at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, these studies have been critical in guiding conservation decisions in Canada and beyond. Today, the Blanding’s turtle is recognized as provincially (Ontario), federally (Canada), and internationally Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The “smile”, notched beak, and saffron throat combined with its sunny disposition make this species an absolute treat to find in the field.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This photo was chosen as one of the top submission for Wild View’s Time for Turtles assignment.
Canon Rebel XTi with Tamron 90mm Macro Lens