June is officially the hottest month of the year in Phoenix. Temperatures have hit 110 already several times. But my yard is still hopping with desert-tolerant creatures.
This Giant Swallowtail has been making daily appearances but never lighting long enough for a good shot until yesterday.
White-Winged Doves with blue eyeshadow abound…
…as do the ever-present, entertaining Northern Mockingbirds.
The hummingbirds are always in our yard, fortunately, eating from the feeders. I had assumed that all those I see are Anna’s but now I’m wondering if some are Costa’s. They’re very similar and, unless the light hits them just right, it’s hard to see their gorgets in detail.
These are the kinds of shots I usually get of them, below, through leaves. They’re very flighty and fast-moving but so pretty.
Finches, of course, as well as starlings, grackles, thrashers, and sparrows also pass through. And, I was shocked today to see a Gila Woodpecker in our tree but I only got one blurry shot of him before he took off. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen one in our yard so I hope he will come back to pose.
The photos in this post, my previous post, and part of the post before that were taken with my new AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens. I love it! It was a splurge for me but I wanted more telephoto than my 55-200mm lens provided, yet I still wanted wide-angle without having to change lenses outside. I was liking the bokeh a lot on my 55-200 but I’m beginning to like it on the new one as well. The lens is pretty lightweight considering its range. 5 hearts from me. ♥♥♥♥♥
(The tree, above, is almost in the exact middle of the top 18mm photo.)