Today was one of those days that we shouldn't have been on the trails. In the back of my mind I questioned hiking in the Buenos Aires Wildlife Preserves because of the bugs. It had gotten cooler so I thought it would be safer. Wrong. So this post is dedicated to all the critters who help manage the bugs:)
Kingbird getting that bug
It was a quick run and shoot around the 2 mile path. The mosquitoes were out of control! But I wanted that iconic "Kingbird getting the bug shot" so I stood still while 5 mosquitoes landed on me and sucked my blood. But I got the shot:) Again, there were many Kingbirds sitting on the tree tops swooping in half circles for the bugs.
Female Anna's Hummbird
And while most of the hummers have fled the state, several stick around like this female Anna's Hummingbird. Residents of Southern Arizona all year. Hummingbirds "hawk" for lots of bugs this time of year.
A first photo debut for Las Aventuras, this Say's Phoebe also "hawks" for insects on low perches.
And then there is bug on bug action. But while on the trails, we ran for our lives. Above us circled this Turkey Vulture waiting for us to die from all the mosquito bites....well that was Pat's thought. So while we had a quick jaunt on the boardwalk around the streams and small ponds, it was still a productive outing:) More tomorrow....