troupial: Cooper's Hawk (Accipter cooperii), drying off in the shade after enjoying one of its regular soaks in the bird bath.
troupial: Vibrantly colorful Ocotillo blossoms are currently dominating the local desert landscape.
troupial: Anthropomorphizing again, this time-worn Tree Cholla still appears to be providing helpful directions to passers-by.
troupial: In recent weeks these flowering octopus agave stalks have grown progressively taller. Ocotillos provide colorful accents as well throughout the neighborhood and in the wild.
troupial: Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis), breeding plumage, in the midst of a grooming session, as observed from my kayak.
troupial: A typically furtive Antelope Jackrabbit (Lepus alleni), pausing briefly before speeding away.
troupial: Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus), showing bright blue and red facial skin during breeding season.
troupial: Yes, I'm anthropomorphizing, but this ancient Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) appears to be mourning the loss of one of its arms which fell to the ground this year.
troupial: Evening in the neighborhood, admiring Cholla Cactus blossoms which continue to unfold in spectacular fashion.