For the most part it's been too hot for walks within a time frame for capturing under decent light, so while there has been plenty of walking there's been little picture taking. Here's what I've got from the last several weeks...
|Male mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) in an olive tree|
|Immature rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)|
|A red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) rests near a water lily|
|Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata) dorsal view|
|and ventral view|
|Checkered grass skipper on Salvia Microphylla|
|Another round with Crassula perforata|
|A southwestern fence lizard|
|Drying pods on some agave|
|Female Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna)|
|A pair of red-tailed hawks squawking up a storm|
|Red-tailed hawk in flight #1|
|and #2 still squawking|
This is a pair of monarch butterflies mating. The show before this landing was spectacular. The pair first circled above me, inches apart from each other, like a small butterfly tornado flying upward as much as 30 feet. But that wasn't dramatic enough--they then coupled IN FLIGHT, flew as one and landed in this bush. Next they took flight linked together for a hop to another part of the bush less than 2 meters from my camera and remained conjoined for close to two minutes. Finally they flew off as one once again over the bush and out of view. It was one of the most beautiful courtships I've ever seen!
|Another agave soon to blossom|
|A female rufous hanging out|
|Lesser goldfinch in Salvia uliginosa|
We're just about home and I spotted this wacky flying little butterfly. About the size of a dime it was too small and its flight too erratic to see just how pretty it was. Finally it landed and I had just enough time to get a close-up lens onto a 70-300 mm zoom.
|Dainty sulphur butterfly (Nathalis iole)|
|Female Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)|
|Female rufous hummingbird|
|Another Female rufous hummingbird|
|and the same bird in a different location, probably checking me out|
That's all for now... check back soon and remember, comments are usually welcomed while corrections on flora and fauna IDs are most appreciated.