Friday, July 10, 2015

Today's walk report: 071015

Catching up... again.

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)
Tagetes lemmonii
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
Tagetes lemmonii

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
The BIG story, despite it lacking as a photo offering. Frankly I was too in awe to get much in the way of photos, besides most of the action would have had me shooting into hopes and prayers. Let's face it butterflies in flight are a tough subject.

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
This is some seriously chomped upon cacti. I'm going to assume this was done by a hare but whatever it was, how it got past all of those spines is amazing.

A female rufous hanging out
Lesser goldfinch in Salvia uliginosa
This was a another first, the American bullfrog affectionately known as Kevin, mostly above water and in the open, catching the day's end on a rock. We've seen Kevin before both here and here.


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.