Archive for June, 2012

Tree Swallow (male)

June 10, 2012

A male Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) with a small insect in its beak. I spotted the bird in a large meadow far from the wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA, perching near its nesting box.

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I was focused on looking for dragonflies and accidentally wandered a little too close to a nesting box. As it turns out, I was standing between the male Tree Swallow and its nesting box when I shot these photos. Other than making a funny little sound a few times (I’m guessing it’s harder to call with a beak full of insect!), the male waited on its perch until I moved away from the box before it delivered food to the nest. The nesting box is in a relatively remote location in the park so I’m guessing these swallows don’t have a lot of contact with humans.

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Blue Dasher dragonfly (male)

June 8, 2012

One of several Blue Dasher dragonflies (Pachydiplax longipennis) spotted during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an adult male, as indicated by its blue coloration and the male terminal appendages (claspers) located at the end of its abdomen.

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Blue Dasher dragonfly (female)

June 6, 2012

A female Blue Dasher dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis) spotted during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is the first female Blue Dasher that I’ve seen in the field!

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Northern Flicker (male, chicks, nest)

June 4, 2012

A Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) nest spotted during a photowalk through the “Wildlife Sanctuary,” one of seven small parks owned and maintained by the Community Association of Hollin Hills, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is an adult male, as indicated by its black malar (moustache), feeding at least two chicks in the nest. Both males and females have a red crescent on the nape of their neck.

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Green Darner dragonfly (male, in flight)

June 2, 2012

A Green Darner dragonfly (Anax junius) flying over open water at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male, as indicated by the blue coloration of its abdomen. (The thorax is green for both male- and female Green Darner dragonflies.)

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Photo 1 (of 2) is the best dragonfly in flight photo I’ve ever taken! Photo 2 is a close second; although not as sharp as Photo 1, it does show the black and blue “bulls eye” in front of the dragonfly’s eyes.

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