Thursday, September 14, 2006

Wednesday wildlife at Hornsby Bend

Hornsby Bend is a bend in the Colorado River near Austin named after an early settler, Rueben Hornsby, who built a log house nearby. It's presently the site of several large sewage treatment ponds, and is a premier place to go birdwatching--but mainly in the winter, when the smelly ponds are full of ducks. There are several miles of trails along the river and in the woods near the sewage ponds.

I went there to take pictures of dragonflies. I didn't see many, but I did get shots of a couple of black saddlebags, plus a butterfly and a snake. And it was a nice day for a walk.

Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata)

Another black saddlebags

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, (Papilio glaucus), on a lantana flower

Eastern Yellowbelly Racer, (Coluber constrictor flaviventris)

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