troupial: Cooper's Hawk (Accipter cooperii), drying off in the shade after enjoying one of its regular soaks in the bird bath.
troupial: Flower and seed pods of Silverleaf Nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium)
troupial: Bud and blossoms of locally common wild Walking Stick Cactus (Cylindropuntia spinosior)
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: Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox), first encounter of the season.
troupial: Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis), breeding plumage, in the midst of a grooming session, as observed from my kayak.
troupial: An evening stroll through local desert habitat.
troupial: Back yard view of the Santa Rita Mountains, late evening.
troupial: A cautious senior member of the local bovine community.
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: Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii), male, at the window feeder.
troupial: Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae), immature.
troupial: In the neighborhood, along the trail, evening.
troupial: Evening, along the trail, local habitat.
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: Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui).
troupial: Locally common Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) perched in Cholla Cactus.
troupial: A southern Arizona backyard view, with Santa Rita Mountains in the background.
troupial: Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides), male, at nest hole in saguaro cactus.
troupial: Caterpillar of (possible) Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus) on Milkweed species.
troupial: Blossom of Staghorn Cholla Cactus (Cylindropuntia versicolor).
troupial: Bees visiting blossoms of Saguaro Cactus (Carnagiea gigantea).
troupial: Blossom of Chain Fruit Cholla Cactus, a.k.a. Jumping Cholla (Opuntia fulgida).
troupial: Evening in the neighborhood, admiring Cholla Cactus blossoms which continue to unfold in spectacular fashion.
troupial: Peak season for locally common wild Cholla Cactus blossoms (Cylindropuntia versicolor).
troupial: Desert Cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii).
troupial: Colorful blossoms of wild Cholla Cactus.