I hope the heat has not been getting you down too much. And the virus, and the fires, and what’s next??
Oh well, so far so good, none of that stopped me from going out to my hiking grounds and take pictures.
So without further ado, here is the next set.
Our first picture today is a bird of prey which I was lucky enough to catch flying over lake Hodges. I identified it as a turkey vulture. It was probably hunting ducks which are pretty common on this lake. And, as a matter of fact, on the very same day, I got this shot of a couple of mallard ducks water landing at exactly the same time. I can tell you that this is really a couple because, even after landing, they stayed close to each other. Love is beautiful and, everywhere.
We have a lot of rabbits in our area. By far the most common is the desert cottontail. I thought this portrait was worth showing because it’s rare for a rabbit to stare at me like this one did.
10 days separate the 2 pictures of a common side-blotched lizard. They were taken in almost the same spot. For that reason, and after careful comparison, I have come to the conclusion that this is the very same lizard, but it lost its tail. That’s what they do when attacked by a predator. At least he escaped, that’s already something, and he will grow a new tail. Who knows maybe we will meet again.
Then we have what I believe to be a desert wren (don’t hesitate to correct me if you know better). This one was holding something in its beak. I spent an hour trying to figure out what it is. Suggestions are welcome.
And finally for the last couple of shots I give you the king of butterflies, the monarch. The first pic is a pretty standard angle, but the second is not. I thought this butterfly is just beautiful no matter the angle.