Libellula saturata (Flame Skimmer) in our back yard

Libellula saturata (Flame Skimmer or Firecracker Skimmer) on a dry Black Sage stalk, Rancho Bernardo, California. August 2020.Libellula saturata (Flame Skimmer or Firecracker Skimmer) on a dry Black Sage stalk, Rancho Bernardo, California. August 2020.

While I am very fond of photographing flowers up-close and as macros, I'm not very much into bugs and insects. Two years ago, to satisfy my curiosity about this type of photography, I went with my photo club and then-president Steven Cirone, an expert bird and macro photographer, to Santee Lakes, where he hosted his … Continue reading Libellula saturata (Flame Skimmer) in our back yard

Allen’s Hummingbird Female & Fledgling

Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) female in flight approaching fledgling for feeding, Rancho Bernardo, California. July 2020.

I hope hummingbirds read Wikipedia - because according to the information there, this must be a Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin). Wikipedia also says that the females are extremely difficult to differentiate from Rufous Hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufous) - except for the range! Since we're here in San Diego, and a chick/fledgling would indicate "breeding", this must … Continue reading Allen’s Hummingbird Female & Fledgling

Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)

Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) adult on a twig, Rancho Bernardo, California, January 2019.

An unexpected visitor in our backyard: Lonchura punctulata, the Scaly-brested Munia. This bird is endemic to Asia and has been introduced in many parts of the world. They were also kind enough to hang around long enough for me to get the camera with "Big Bertha" (my 200-500mm telezoom lens). On small-screen devices like phones … Continue reading Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)