Monday, March 06, 2006

A few birds of Town Lake, plus a butterfly near my house

A windblown snowy egret

A coot in open water...

and a coot in some reeds

A pair of lesser scaups

a mute swan which just had its head in the water

A little blue heron

A great-tailed grackle

and a gray hairstreak butterfly, strymon melinus. This photo is inverted for the comfort of human viewers: the small butterfly always landed and fed head down, in this case on an agarita flower. I'm guessing the spots and appendages on the tail are fake eyes and antennae to deceive predators.

(click on any photo to enlarge)

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