Despite their name, bark scorpions do not actually bark.
That’d be dogs.
Turns out owls aren’t all that interesting in infrared. The desert, though, makes up for it.
Just the desert in infrared
I spent a lot of time trying to get a photo of this little one. Like many small birds, it was very skittish and wouldn’t let me get a clean shot until, finally, it moved to a place where it wasn’t occluded.
Still no idea what kind of bird it is.
FYI, the tarantula hawk is neither a tarantula nor a hawk.
According to Encyclopedia of Life, “Alvarado-Castro and Jiménez (2011) provide a detailed account of the reproductive behavior of H. selenopoides, including the intriguing behavior in which the male wraps silk around part of the female.”
So that’s another cross-species behavior, for those of you keeping track.
Burrowing owl that just notised a typo in this caption.
Hummingbird engaging in debate.
Woodpeckers aren’t restricted to only eating insects. The gila woodpecker also eats berries.
I had hoped that this was one of those that hoarded acorns, storing them in holes they pecked into the trees, but this is apparently not the case.
Rattlesnake wondering how, if music died on February 3, 1959, a song could be written about it and recorded on May 26, 1971.
Can music be resurrected, or is the current art form something we call music but that only has passing resemblance to what we called music in 1959 … like cold medicine.
Have I mentioned that I have a new macro lens to play with this summer?
TFW you want to revisit the places that once gave you comfort only to find that you’ve grown and changed and don’t fit in anymore.
There is a one-bird-per-perch rule in the desert.
Negotiations are in progress.
This raven can fly high and quietly, so he can observe you cheating at Monopoly, and be disappointed.
Some birds don’t so much fly as slowly drift, borne aloft on winds of whimsy.
These little guys fly *fast*. It’s really hard to get a good shot of them.
I got lots of shots of just their tail feathers, but this one worked.
Just another bird in flight.
The weird thing on his tail is a transmitter so the museum can find him if he gets distracted and leaves the area. Some birds can fly, but aren’t equipped to survive in the wild, and it’s not good when they get lost.