Dashers and Darners and Skimmers, oh, my! These photos are from a couple of visits to Papago Park last weekend. Papago Park is where The Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden are located. Its 1500 acres (mostly located in Phoenix but a smaller section in Tempe) also include Hole in the Rock, the first governor of Arizona’s tomb, sandstone buttes, hiking trails, a golf course, and 6 acres of stocked ponds. The ponds are where all this action took place. (Click photos for more detail.)
And, yes, there were colorful dragonflies everywhere!
And the star of the ponds, for me, was this Green Heron, not quite an adult but almost there. While I find Blue Herons, Great and Snowy Egrets, and Black-Crowned Night Herons pretty often, the Green Herons have eluded me (although I did get one a few weeks ago in shadow).
Such a handsome little guy…These ponds attract a lot of wildlife and aren’t too far from where I live so I’ll be heading back there soon…