Archive for the 'Animals' Category
This is a Snowy Egret (black beak, black legs, yellow feet) who got in a fight with the bird flying away at this point. I had noticed his impressive topknot earlier, but didn’t know what was going on.
The picture below is earlier in the battle…
So happy to see a few butterflies this year! In the first few springs we lived here there were SO MANY butterflies! It was wonderful. Then things went wrong for them I guess. Hard winter frosts made many of the plants they like die back to the ground and hence bloom much later. Other things have been blooming earlier due to warmer weather. Whatever it was, there have been very few butterflies. This year a few more, and I was very happy to find this black swallowtail yesterday. It is not perfect — it seems to have lost one of its tails… It is enjoying a Mexican Hat flower. We planted some wildflower seeds in the yard a few years ago and the Mexican Hats took over. They are beautiful this time of year — a sea of yellow and green.
We were in Rockport, Texas, for a quick trip and Nan and Donald took us birding for a couple of hours. They had had a huge deluge 2 nights before. There was water everywhere, on the roads, in the fields. And one of the birding sites was closed. But we did find a few at this location, including this Stilt.
Just returned on Monday from a 10 day birding trip to Chiapas. Birds and culture and archaeological sites. Great trip organized by Chiapas Birding Adventures. I love to take pictures of the domestic animals, and they are everywhere! Most are not constrained. Even in our hotel close to downtown San Cristobal de las Casas we were woken up every morning early by a crowing rooster and a gobbling turkey who lived in the yard next door.