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Sunday, 29 June 2014

First Of The Year


It is warming up and the night life is changing, this was the first tarantula of the season, a very small one on the wall of the house. Soft and fluffy :)

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Dinner Date


A beautiful pair of Ladder-backed Woodpeckers sharing a meal atop of one of our Saguaros. Could there be a more romantic dinner spot?

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

There Is A Reason I Am This Bright!


Lots of things eat bugs right? So as a bug, you want to hide, be inconspicuous, well camouflaged. Or you can announce your presence, loud and proud with bright red and yellow! Needless to say it is a warning, at the very least - I don't taste good or in the case of this Iron Cross Blister Beetle - I am toxic! They actually carry cantharidin toxins that can interfere with the vertebrate nervous system so no munching on this one!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Scale and Tail


This little Western Diamondback is working hard on our resident packrat population and so as a result has become my husbands new best friend. With the number of packrats in our yard it won't stay a little snake for long, it's an all you can eat buffet.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Proud Father Part Two


When I originally saw this little family it made me sad. There was a very diligent father, eleven tiny chicks and no mother. Something must have happened to her very soon after the chicks hatched. With so many natural predators it is very hard for a pair of quail to successfully raise a clutch of chicks and I have to be honest I didn't think a single parent would have any chance at all. So imagine my delight when our little one parent family showed up again this morning. There were eight healthy chicks remaining and they are now much bigger and so have a far better chance of surviving. Well done Dad.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Quiet Please


At this time of year our evenings are filled with the delightful calls of Lesser Nighthawks and often we see them swooping across the skies at twilight. But were do they go during the day? They rely on their amazingly cryptic colouration to hide in plain sight either amongst rocks on the ground or blended perfectly with the bark of a branch. So beautiful to see this special bird hiding out during the day.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

A Late Night Special


A couple of days ago a large excavation appeared in our yard, it was very impressive with vast piles of dirt moved. Anything that can dig in this ground earns my instant respect as it is like concrete. The list of possible suspects was pretty short, what could possibly be that strong? We had our suspicions so we positioned one of our wildlife cameras to see if we could see the master builder at work. It took a few nights but eventually he appeared, a badger! I can't believe my luck, another new yard species.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Proud Father


Talk about a harried father! This male quail has eleven little chicks to watch over. Sadly there was no evidence of a female around to help him out. Good luck fella, you are going to need it to look after that big brood.
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