The Dragon Wagon

The Dragon Wagon
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ojai Raptor Center - 07Apr2013

Last weekend the Ojai Raptor Center had their spring open house.  Here are a few images from that event.

American Kestrel

Western Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

Barn Owl

Golden Eagle

Great Horned Owl

Red-tailed Hawk

Saturday, April 6, 2013

April Flowers 2013

Today we made one of our springtime drives up to Figueroa Mountain to check on the status of the local wildflowers.  Because it has been a pretty dry winter, not a lot of wildflowers are expected.  But we had a fairly decent show of flowers during today's drive.

Mariposa Lily (Calchortus catalinie)

Bluedick (Dichelostemma capitatum)

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis)

Scarlet Bugler (Penstemon centranthifolius)

Globe Gilia (Gilia capitata)

Purple Nightshade (Solanum xanti)

Variable Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas chalcedona)

Bush Poppy (Dendromecon rigida)

California Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus)

Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)

Tidy Tips and Goldfields (Lasthenia californica)


Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria biflora)

California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Hillside covered in Poppies and Lupines

Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum)

Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

Pacific Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer catenifer)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Costa Rica - Part 12

To finish up with Costa Rica, here are some images of larger and smaller birds.

Emerald Toucanet

Collared Aracari

Keel-billed Toucan

Rufous Motmot

Crested Guan (turkey family)

Great Curassow

One of the guides was showing this Swallow-tailed Kite.

Black-cheeked Woodpecker

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

White-necked Jacobin

Black-crested Coquette

Violet-headed Hummingbird