More backyard wildlife

A couple weeks ago, I heard some squacking noise, and went into the back yard to hear what it was, and saw this hawk fly from a jacoranda in our backyard to into a Eucalyptus tree across the canyon.

Looked down around my feet and saw this allegator lizard trying to blend in.

Spent some more time hanging around the back yard waiting for the hawk to come back. I mostly ended up just taking pictures of hummingbirds...

... though I did get one more flyby, of a different hawk.

And then back to the humming biards, with a house finch and a Gulf Frittilary butterfly thrown in.

Skip ahead to today, when as I was heading out, I saw this hawk, probably another Cooper's hawk, perched on a branch about 10 feet from the house.

Later in the backyard, I again heard hawk-squacks. After looking around the trees, I spotted it on a fence about 100 feet away in the bottom of the canyon. And it looks like it was just finishing up a meal! Being in a canyon near dusk, the light is low, so the image is noisy.

A hooded oriole returns to the palm tree where it nests.


It is convenient that hummingbirds like to perch on exposed branches - it makes photographing them so much easier!

Hummingbird PreeningHummingbird craning its neck awayHummingbird looking stage-left showing off its irridescent featherslooking the other wayWith beak slightly openWith fireplant in backgroundfluttering its wingstwo hummingbirds fightGlowing in the sun


Took this while visiting my dad back in August. The background bougainvillia and foreground honeysuckle have been there since before we moved in about 30 years ago.

Diffuse light from a bougainvillea behind three backlight honeysuckle flowers

Backyard practice shots

A couple practice shots from the backyard taken with the new camera:

An ant drinks nectar from a tropical milkweed

I know that's not the best crop but the ant in the top-left corner looked so derpy I had to keep it in.

Two Jonny Jump-Ups


In the backyard I have a fairly large stand of milkweeds. Unfortunately, they attract a lot of aphids, far more aphids than the monarchs they are supposed to attract. Aphids crowd the seedpod of a tropical milkweed