Of course I couldn't drive through New Mexico without heading over to Conchas Lake to see the Blue-footed Booby. I believe this is the first Blue-footed Booby in New Mexico. When I got to the lake I stopped to pay the entrance fee and a couple stopped and asked if I was there to see "The Bird". They said that they had been looking for two hours with no luck and then they drove out of the area. I got my camera and started walking toward to shore not really expecting to see "The Bird" but within a few minutes it appeared and spent about 5 minutes flying back and forth in front of me.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
On the first day I headed out to Sonoita Creek Preserve in Patagonia to find that it was closed on that day. I spent some time walking along Blue Haven Road looking for the Sinaloa Wren. I got a few poor photos of young Phainopeplas, a Summer Tanager, and this post-bath Rufous-crowned Sparrow.
The next day I returned to the preserve because I knew that it was open.
I quickly found this Gray Hawk. He looked angry. Maybe it's the eyes.
At Madera Canyon it was hot and dead quiet.
A Yarrow's Spiny Lizard possed for his photograph.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
The Mueller butterfly and moth were in the same area by School Pond. I would like to have stayed longer to see what else was around but the strong smell of black bear made me want keep moving.
Ctenucha Venosa? Moth - Mueller State Park - 8-2-2009
This small flowering plant had 8-10 of these wasps on it. They look wicked but are not at all aggressive so I was taking pictures with my macro lens a few inches away. When I got home I did some research and found out that they probably have the most painful sting in North America. As adults they eat flowers and pollen. They kill tarantulas to provide a food source for their larval young.
With their intensely white tail, this species of dragonfly is difficult to photograph in full sunlight. This particular dragonfly waited patiently while I took several photos, checking the over-exposure alert and using exposure compensation to adjust the exposure so that the tail wouldn't be over exposed.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
This Northern Mockingbird acted like it was part of the Western Kingbird family.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
While waiting for the Black Vulture to make an appearance a few other attractive birds stopped by the parking area to get there photographs taken.Young Bluebird
Sunday, July 5, 2009
This place was crawling with insects. A little rain does wonders.
We also took a loop through the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. It was fairly quiet but it was fun watching the baby American Avocet chicks.
American Avocet chick
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Triploid Checkered Whiptail
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Black-throated Sparrow with Food
Saturday, May 23, 2009
At one end of the lake is a boardwalk that goes through a cattail marsh. I sat on the boardwalk for about 10 minutes and saw a Virginia Rail and a Sora. I also heard some really strange calls (like a laughing Java the Hut) coming from what I believe were the Virgina Rail. It is hard to believe that an animal that small can make such a loud and deep sound.