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Acmon Blue Icaricia acmon

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 20, 2019 04:47 PM PDT

Description

This soft brown Acmon Blue is most likely a female.

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Acmon Blue Icaricia acmon

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 20, 2019 04:51 PM PDT

Description

This Acmon Blue, delicately lit by the late afternoon sun, is probably a male.

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Jalisco Petrophila Petrophila jaliscalis

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 20, 2019 04:40 PM PDT

Description

Okay, I didn't get much of a shot... but this moth was seriously interesting... and I reallly tried... But this might be just enough for an identification. And hopefully I will have better luck next time!

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Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 19, 2019 12:12 PM PDT

Description

This Cormorant just caught a fish, and it is a fairly large one that takes a bit of ingenuity to swallow. He has to tear it up a bit, but finally succeeds.

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Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 19, 2019 12:08 PM PDT

Description

These shots were taken 40 minutes earlier than the other Osprey photos and on a different, but nearby, utility tower. Therefore it may not be the same individual - I have not yet become adept at distinguishing them.

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Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 19, 2019 12:42 PM PDT

Description

Our local Ospreys like to hang out on the huge utility towers that line the river and parallel the freeway. I decided to walk on that side today, passing under the towers and keep on the lookout for a stray Osprey feather. No luck... but I did get some interesting angles.

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Western Gull Larus occidentalis

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 18, 2019 03:25 PM PDT

Description

I think the pink legs are the deciding factor here.

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Convergent Lady Beetle Hippodamia convergens

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 18, 2019 01:44 PM PDT

Description

This bug is perfectly camouflaged among all the spots. I wonder if Lady Beetles are color-blind? Well, at least she won't go hungry!

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Sorghum Sorghum bicolor

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 18, 2019 03:25 PM PDT

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Tomato Solanum lycopersicum

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 18, 2019 03:24 PM PDT

Description

Sometimes you run across things that are just plain hard to believe. Like this tiny tomato plant, proudly producing nice looking fruit right on the edge of the LA River, surrounded by feathers!

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Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 18, 2019 03:17 PM PDT

Description

These are juvenile Scaly-breasted Munia, part of a larger group, socializing in the reeds.

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Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 18, 2019 02:22 PM PDT

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Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 18, 2019 02:15 PM PDT

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Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 18, 2019 01:58 PM PDT

Description

Walking along the LA River, I very slowly came up on two Egrets, so involved in feeding that they paid no attention to me, even though I got within 20 feet. At that point, I quietly sat down on the concrete bank to watch without frightening them. That really paid off and I witnessed a fascinating feeding technique. The water was only an inch or two deep, with a silty bottom. The birds would slide one foot forward along the bottom, disturbing the mud, then step up and deftly pick out the bugs that were dislodged. This went on for nearly a quarter hour. When I eventually tried to backtrack and head up the bank to go around them, they flew off!

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Acmon Blue Icaricia acmon

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 17, 2019 01:33 PM PDT

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American Bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 17, 2019 12:52 PM PDT

Description

This frog was pretty small, probably 2 inches in body length. Usually they see me before I see them!

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Mexican Amberwing Perithemis intensa

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 17, 2019 12:51 PM PDT

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Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 17, 2019 12:41 PM PDT

Description

This Black Phoebe had just caught a large spider.

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Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 17, 2019 12:25 PM PDT

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House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 16, 2019 01:41 PM PDT

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White Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus albescens

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 16, 2019 03:44 PM PDT

Description

I've briefly glimpsed this black and white beauty several times over the past week, but never got it in focus. I kept going back specifically to do so. Today was finally my day! It appeared smaller than the usual Skippers in this area... but stunning! From a certain angle (photo 2) it appears to have a metallic gleam.

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Mournful Duskywing Erynnis tristis

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 16, 2019 03:32 PM PDT

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Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 16, 2019 03:16 PM PDT

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Black Saddlebags Tramea lacerata

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 16, 2019 02:46 PM PDT

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Observer

gregslak

Date

September 15, 2019 12:09 PM PDT

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Toltec Scoliid Wasp Dielis tolteca

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 15, 2019 11:33 AM PDT

Description

On mint bushes in a neighborhood yard are many wasps, bees and flies, This wasp was quite large, nearly an inch, and quite stunning with grey eyes, dense white hairs on the body and legs, with black, club-like antennae and smoky, translucent wings.

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gregslak

Date

September 15, 2019 11:27 AM PDT

Description

In a yard planted with mint bushes, there are always many wasps, bees and flies. This is a fairly large, nearly bee-sized fly.

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What

Acmon Blue Icaricia acmon

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 15, 2019 12:51 PM PDT

Description

The all brown coloration likely indicates a late season female.

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Acmon Blue Icaricia acmon

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 15, 2019 11:57 AM PDT

Description

This battered little butterfly was quite difficult to convince my auto-focus to accept. But I believe it to be a female Acmon Blue. The dorsal wing surfaces are mostly brown and veined with black spots and an almost tan edging on the dorsal posterior hind wing. Some color may have been lost due to wear. The view of the ventral wing surfaces shows a badly tattered left hind wing.

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Checkered White Pontia protodice

Observer

gregslak

Date

September 15, 2019 02:00 PM PDT
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