Birds and Butterflies

Last week it was impossible to go to town or walk Across the Road without running into butterflies. The orange sulphur butterfly (Colias eurytheme also known as the alfalfa butterfly and in its larval stages as the alfalfa caterpillar), I found out by googling, is widespread in North America and can be a significant alfalfa pest in high densities.

The alfalfa field just south of where I walk had been cut, the sunflowers harvested, and butterflies were doubling and tripling up on field bindweed flowers and any other weedy flowers they could find.

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I thought that I’d be able to get photos of butterflies in flight. Do you know how hard that is? Not possible, at least by me.

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But speaking of things that fly, I did get some bird photos. I don’t usually see great blue herons in the trees.

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The snowy egret is dwared by two great egrets.

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Great egret in flight.

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On my way home I spotted these cattle egrets which I photographed from the road.

 

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