This morning I inventoried odes and butterflies at CMO. I've posted lots of photos of Great Spreadwings but I thought this one was really nice.
The only butterflies I saw at CMO this AM were a Common Mestra, Sleepy Orange, Fatal Metalmark, and Checkered Skipper. Pretty boring.
I made sure to get there early so I had time to play while I was waiting for them to get there from Austin. (White pickup is mine.) And even though I didn't allow enough prime afternoon time, I still had fun. Flushed an American Bittern, the first I've seen in Lajitas.
And finally the male Anna's Hummingbirds are beginning to arrive. I was starting to wonder if they would. I expect within a month they'll be swarming like bees at the feeders. I didn't get any good photos of a gorgeous male, just a documentary silhouette, unfortunately.
And not very good one of this juvenile male either.
I guess this is a flock of Coots foraging on the golf greens. I don't remember seeing that before.
No way was I going to be able to get to CMO before dark. (Chisos Mountains in below photo.)
By the time I got back it was dark and Common Poorwills were warming themselves in the road. I tried hard to get a decent photo of one. With my Lumix this was the best I could do.
So I tried with my Canon and this was the best I could do with it. Night shots are really challenging for me.
I took a bunch of ode pics today but don't know what they are and too tired to sort them out. Maybe tomorrow.