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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Late Summer Nature at Lynx Lake

 On a warm August summer morning at Lynx Lake we observed a Great Blue Heron fishing. It is hard to see but in the 3rd photo it appears he has caught some type of crayfish.

Eyeing the prey ....
                                                               with  precise expertise ....
is a nice meal indeed! 

This is the first time I have viewed  Mallard hens with the blue/purple plumage 

Many types of wildflowers and mushrooms (spiny type) grow along the east shore of Lynx Lake

 A young Rock Squirrel who posed very nicely - I was informed by a fellow hiker that there are a family of 5 nearby

 Acorn Woodpecker who was very intent & vocal on guarding his territory  

 Preying Mantis looks like he's daring me to come any closer! 

Last, but not least, is a sure sign that Fall is not too far away - a Junco!

Have a safe and happy Labor Day :) 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Birds, Mammals,& Insects of Summer

 Anna's (m) Hummingbird Peek-a-Boo

                                      1st year Mule Deer - Gila National Forest - New Mexico

Red Dragonfly
Friendly Llama's down the road  
                                                      A young Greater Roadrunner in the yard
                                                       Mosaic butterfly on wildflower

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Calliope Hummingbird - Wed. Wings

During our stay at the Little Toad Inn, Silver City, NM.  We had many opportunities to view and photograph different types of hummingbirds during the Hummingbird Festival. This male Calliope Hummingbird's beautiful gorget really caught our eye :)