Sunday, April 18, 2021

Once Upon a Walk Report - Part Seven

Happy birthday to me. It's a big one too, at least in that there was paperwork involved. I'll leave it at that.

Coincidentally, I finished my photo folder clean-up routine for the first folder from 2016 today. So, happy new year, 2016. So to speak. Here are some selected images.

Female Calypte anna hummingbird. I remember this bird well. She was reliably hanging out in this Calothamnus quadrifidus shrub for quite some time.


Here she is again, one week later.


25-30 meters north, her handsome male suitor?



This is the famous male Selasphorus sasin (Allen's hummingbird) who appeared on the last OUaWR. This is the bird I named, "Rusty". I had a long history with Rusty.


 Male Calypte anna hummingbird.


I posted a few of these images back in 2016. I looked it up this time because I wanted to make sure I hadn't noticed this before.  The smaller bird is a prairie falcon (Falco mexicanus). It's going after a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). What I didn't notice back in 2016 is depicted in the first image. The falcon has its talons embedded in some prey. You can see the tail hanging down clearly. I'm guessing it's a mouse or a rat but could it possibly be a rather large fence lizard? The second picture is only about 11 seconds later and the third is about 10 seconds after that. The falcon had left my frame in both instances. I'm not sure it still has its prey in tow. My guess is. no it does not.


Male Calypte anna hummingbird. He must've exhaled for the second shot.


Alyogyne huegelii .


Meanwhile, back at home. This is what we had to look forward to when we returned from walks. Covid-19 put a huge damper on this experience both in 2020 and this year. In 2020 there were workers coming and going at the houses on both sides of me. Parading back and forth on the sidewalk in front of the house. Coughing and spitting, smoking and yelling. The mask thing was almost non-existent and I was reluctant to go out front for picture taking, maintaining the yard and finally to collect seeds as flowers started dying back in April. The lack of seeds collected in 2020 and a serious lack of rain this past season left the front yard virtually bare of wildflowers. The exception was my nemesis plant, common storksbill (Erodium cicutarium). Not entirely unattractive but it makes up for anything pretty with its invasive nature.



Here's another view from the right side near the garage wall pointing out to the driveway. There are flagstones in there, mostly obscured.


Dimorphotheca sinuata and Arroyo lupine.


Back to the botanical garden. Docken Duck and yeah, I thought that plane was flying a bit low. Burbank airport is about 25 km (15.5 miles) away from where I was standing.



This young male Calypte anna hummingbird was busy preening and I lucked out catching his tail fanned in the process.


Male Calypte anna hummingbird in, I believe, the same Calothamnus quadrifidus shrub we started out with.


That's it for now. The next folder takes me into April of 2016 and contains 8,654 photos. See you later.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Once Upon a Walk Report - Part Six

Easter Sunday, 2021 and I don't have a single bunny picture to share from the latest round of photo folder cleanup. Oh well. Last post I mentioned this was a relatively small folder and might not produce enough images for another OUaWR but I also stated "I don't suppose it matters much how many images are in a post." So, I'm going with that.

This folder went from 11/12/2015 up to 01/03/2016 and contained 3,300 images. I deleted 2,556 images. Also, I'll mention something... Some of what I keep has nothing to do with the quality of the photographs, sometimes I keep images which I would consider crappy pictures but the moment meant something to me. You probably won't see any of those because then I would have to explain. Anyway, here are some of the 744 pictures that survived round six.

This male Calypte anna hummingbird was poising by this banksia flower as though it were a trophy.


He sure spent a lot of time with it.

 Male Calypte anna, chillin' on an agave.


 Here's an immature male Calypte anna resting on a Calliandra californica shrub.


Look at me... I'm a big boy!

 Lucy the cat resting peacefully on the bed, catching a few rays.


 Another male Calypte anna hummingbird. These two shots were taken less than 1/2 a minute apart. I took a half step, turned slightly counter-clockwise and voila, very different lighting.


Yes, there were a lot of hummingbird pictures in this folder. I'm pretty sure this is the male Selasphorus sasin (Allen's hummingbird) that I named Rusty, perhaps a short while before I named him (10 days?).


More of the same bird. These shots were all taken with me inside the canopy of a coral gum tree (Eucalyptus torquata).


Okay, Easter... Easter Bunny... let me look... This is one of my personal favorite pictures of all time. We happened upon this bunny just at the right moment, He. Looks. So. Busted.


See you later, see you in 2016 actually for Part Seven.