New Mexico Nature, Rural and Urban

Photographs taken in Albuquerque, New Mexico or in the mountains and desert nearby
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A Gunnison's prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) in the Valle Grande, Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico. This environment has to be as good as it gets for a prairie dog. Photo taken on August 13, 2023.
Prairie dogs often stand up to keep an eye on the world. This Gunnison's prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) is a member of the colony next to Tramway Boulevard, between Candelaria and Comanche, in Albuquerque. Photo taken on August 10, 2023.
A rock squirrel (Spermophilus variegates) stuffing its cheeks at a bird feeder, at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park (Albuquerque, New Mexico). Rock squirrels stash food in their cheeks, until the cheeks are bulging. Then they run back to their dens to store the food against future needs. The more food you put out, the more they'll try to remove and store. Photo taken on March 18, 2023.

Mammals

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A Southwestern fence lizard (Sceloporus cowlesi) seen along the Tecolote Trail in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico. This photo shows the broad gray stripe down the middle of the back that helps with the species ID. Photo taken on May 30, 2021
An Hernandez's Horned Lizart (Phrynosoma hernandesi hernandesi) in the Sandia Mountains near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo taken on May 7, 2021.
A male Southwestern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus cowlesi) on granite in the Sandia Mountains near Albuquerque, New Mexico. A few scales of the male's blue belly are visible. Photo taken in Embudito Canyon on April 29, 2021.

Reptiles

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An osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flies away, moments after diving into the water to snag a rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Photo taken at Isleta Lakes, New Mexico on November 11, 2023.
A Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) singing under New Mexico's flawless blue sky. Photo taken at Isleta Lakes on November 6, 2023.
A greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) staring me down at Tingley Beach. The bit of dried mud at the tip of its beak shows that a littler earlier in the day, it was digging in the ground. Photo taken on October 11, 2023.

Birds

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Pinesaps (Hypopitys monotropa) are parasitic on certain soil fungi, which in turn have a mutually beneficial relationship with tree roots. In the summer, pinesaps push an all-red flower stalk up out of the soil so they can reproduce. If you look carefully at the top of the flower stalk, you can see what I suspect is a male mosquito drawing sustenance.
Sumac berries on a cold November morning -- note the snow in the background. The species is smooth sumac (Rhus glabra). Photo taken in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico on November 16, 2022.
A dew-covered flower on a yerba mansa (Anemopsis californica) plant. Photo taken in the Rio Grande Bosque in Albuquerque, on August 23, 2022.

Flowers

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A variegated fritillary butterfly (Euptoieta claudia) sipping nectar from horsetail milkweed flowers (Asclepias subverticillata). Photo taken in an empty lot in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 25, 2023.
A thread-waisted wasp (Prionyx) sipping nectar from horsetail milkweed flowers (Asclepias subverticillata). Photo taken in an empty lot in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 25, 2023.
A male taxiles skipper (Poanes taxiles) sticks his head into a flower on a Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Penstemon strictus). Above him, a bee dives in even deeper. Photo taken in the upper Sandia Mountains on July 17, 2023.

Arthropods

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An osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flies away, moments after diving into the water to snag a rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Photo taken at Isleta Lakes, New Mexico on November 11, 2023. Bird, Trout, Urban, Rio Grande, Bald Eagle, Cool Photos, Photo, Red Tailed Hawk, Osprey
Ospreys Earn Their Sushi!
An osprey (Pandion haliaetus) flies away, moments after diving into the water to snag a rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Photo taken at Isleta Lakes, New Mexico on November 11, 2023.
A Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) singing under New Mexico's flawless blue sky. Photo taken at Isleta Lakes on November 6, 2023. Lakes, Nature, Passerine Bird, Barn Swallow, Meadowlark, Black Bird
Western Meadowlark
A Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) singing under New Mexico's flawless blue sky. Photo taken at Isleta Lakes on November 6, 2023.
A greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) staring me down at Tingley Beach. The bit of dried mud at the tip of its beak shows that a littler earlier in the day, it was digging in the ground. Photo taken on October 11, 2023. Mexico, Nature Photography, Birds, Beach, City
Greater Roadrunner
A greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) staring me down at Tingley Beach. The bit of dried mud at the tip of its beak shows that a littler earlier in the day, it was digging in the ground. Photo taken on October 11, 2023.
A Wilson's snipe (Gallinago delicata) steps into the shallows as ducks dabble in the background. Photo taken at the north end of Albuquerque on October 16, 2023. Background, Species, Photo Series
Wilson's Snipe
A Wilson's snipe (Gallinago delicata) steps into the shallows as ducks dabble in the background. Photo taken at the north end of Albuquerque on October 16, 2023.
A Say's phoebe (Sayornis saya) perches on a bit of driftwood, on the bed of the mostly dry Rio Grande. Photo taken in Albuquerque on September 24, 2023. Flycatcher, White Eyes, Nuthatch, First Photo, Bird Photography
Watching the River Dry
A Say's phoebe (Sayornis saya) perches on a bit of driftwood, on the bed of the mostly dry Rio Grande. Photo taken in Albuquerque on September 24, 2023.
Adult Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii) at the Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque, on September 10, 2023. I photographed this hawk as it drank from a birdbath on the Nature Center grounds. Eagle, Hawk, Rio
Cooper's Hawk
Adult Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii) at the Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque, on September 10, 2023. I photographed this hawk as it drank from a birdbath on the Nature Center grounds.
A white-faced ibis (Plegadis chihi) wades through the shallows in the Rio Grande, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The photo shows a nonbreeding adult, which lacks the white facial plumage that gave the species its common name. Photo taken on September 7, 2023. The Far Side, Heron, Ardea, Ibis, Blue Heron
An ibis in New Mexico
A white-faced ibis (Plegadis chihi) wades through the shallows in the Rio Grande, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The photo shows a nonbreeding adult, which lacks the white facial plumage that gave the species its common name. Photo taken on September 7, 2023.
A western kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) perches at the edge of the Rio Grande Bosque in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo taken on September 7, 2023. Two By Two, Blue Bird
Western Kingbird
A western kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) perches at the edge of the Rio Grande Bosque in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo taken on September 7, 2023.
A female American kestrel (Falco sparverius) on a post next to the visitor center at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Preserve, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo taken on August 21, 2023. Kestrel, Valle, American Kestrel, American
American Kestrel
A female American kestrel (Falco sparverius) on a post next to the visitor center at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Preserve, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo taken on August 21, 2023.
Pinesaps (Hypopitys monotropa) are parasitic on certain soil fungi, which in turn have a mutually beneficial relationship with tree roots. In the summer, pinesaps push an all-red flower stalk up out of the soil so they can reproduce. If you look carefully at the top of the flower stalk, you can see what I suspect is a male mosquito drawing sustenance. Flowers, Roots, Heath, Mosquito Drawing, Red Flowers, Wild Bees, White Flowers
Pinesap
Pinesaps (Hypopitys monotropa) are parasitic on certain soil fungi, which in turn have a mutually beneficial relationship with tree roots. In the summer, pinesaps push an all-red flower stalk up out of the soil so they can reproduce. If you look carefully at the top of the flower stalk, you can see what I suspect is a male mosquito drawing sustenance.
Only adult male black-chinned hummingbirds (Archilochus alexandri) have black chins. This one is a female or immature. Photo taken in Wildflower Park, Albuquerque on August 15, 2023. Chin, Breeds, Hummingbird, Photographer, Albuquerque, Purple Band
Black-Chinned Hummingbird, But No Black Chin
Only adult male black-chinned hummingbirds (Archilochus alexandri) have black chins. This one is a female or immature. Photo taken in Wildflower Park, Albuquerque on August 15, 2023.
A Gunnison's prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) in the Valle Grande, Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico. This environment has to be as good as it gets for a prairie dog. Photo taken on August 13, 2023. Squirrel, Mule Deer, Dogs, Ursus, Raccoon, Dog Heaven, Red Squirrel, Mammals
Prairie Dog Heaven
A Gunnison's prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) in the Valle Grande, Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico. This environment has to be as good as it gets for a prairie dog. Photo taken on August 13, 2023.
Prairie dogs often stand up to keep an eye on the world. This Gunnison's prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) is a member of the colony next to Tramway Boulevard, between Candelaria and Comanche, in Albuquerque. Photo taken on August 10, 2023. Artiodactyla
Gunnison's Prairie Dog
Prairie dogs often stand up to keep an eye on the world. This Gunnison's prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) is a member of the colony next to Tramway Boulevard, between Candelaria and Comanche, in Albuquerque. Photo taken on August 10, 2023.
A female red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra). The unusual beak, shaped like half of a staple remover, allows the crossbill to pry open conifer seed cones that haven't yet opened by themselves. Thus allowing the crossbill to get at those seeds before other birds. Photo taken in the Sandia Mountains on July 31, 2023. Female, Black Wings, Orange Bodies, American Crow, Gray Jay
Female Red Crossbill
A female red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra). The unusual beak, shaped like half of a staple remover, allows the crossbill to pry open conifer seed cones that haven't yet opened by themselves. Thus allowing the crossbill to get at those seeds before other birds. Photo taken in the Sandia Mountains on July 31, 2023.
Ash-throated flycatchers (Myiarchus cinerascens) are often curious as to what the bipeds are doing. A warm-weather visitor to Mexico., they can derive all the moisture they need from their food.
Ash-Throated Flycatcher
Ash-throated flycatchers (Myiarchus cinerascens) are often curious as to what the bipeds are doing. A warm-weather visitor to Mexico., they can derive all the moisture they need from their food.
A variegated fritillary butterfly (Euptoieta claudia) sipping nectar from horsetail milkweed flowers (Asclepias subverticillata). Photo taken in an empty lot in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 25, 2023. White Wings, Woman Painting, My Pictures, San Lorenzo, Variegated, Buckeye
Variegated Fritillary on Milkweed
A variegated fritillary butterfly (Euptoieta claudia) sipping nectar from horsetail milkweed flowers (Asclepias subverticillata). Photo taken in an empty lot in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 25, 2023.
A thread-waisted wasp (Prionyx) sipping nectar from horsetail milkweed flowers (Asclepias subverticillata). Photo taken in an empty lot in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 25, 2023. Wasp, Bee, Sweat Bees, Manzanita, Tarantula Hawk, Bees And Wasps, Rose Of Sharon
Wasp on Milkweed Flowers
A thread-waisted wasp (Prionyx) sipping nectar from horsetail milkweed flowers (Asclepias subverticillata). Photo taken in an empty lot in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 25, 2023.
A male taxiles skipper (Poanes taxiles) sticks his head into a flower on a Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Penstemon strictus). Above him, a bee dives in even deeper. Photo taken in the upper Sandia Mountains on July 17, 2023. Rocky Mountains, Rocky, Mexico Nature, New Mexico
Butterfly and Bee on a Rocky Mountain Penstemon
A male taxiles skipper (Poanes taxiles) sticks his head into a flower on a Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Penstemon strictus). Above him, a bee dives in even deeper. Photo taken in the upper Sandia Mountains on July 17, 2023.
A cliff swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) rests on a power cable next to an irrigation ditch in Albuquerque's South Valley. No doubt it's from the nearby cliff swallow colony under a highway bridge. Two Birds, Grackle, Gray Eyes
Cliff Swallow
A cliff swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) rests on a power cable next to an irrigation ditch in Albuquerque's South Valley. No doubt it's from the nearby cliff swallow colony under a highway bridge.
A green metallic sweat bee (Agapostemon) on Russian knapweed (Acroptilon repens). Photo taken in the Rio Grande Bosque, Albuquerque, on July 3, 2023. Insects, Metal
Green Metallic Sweat Bee on Russian Knapweed
A green metallic sweat bee (Agapostemon) on Russian knapweed (Acroptilon repens). Photo taken in the Rio Grande Bosque, Albuquerque, on July 3, 2023.
Western kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) in Albuquerque's South Valley. Photo taken on June 17, 2023 Dark Black
Western Kingbird
Western kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) in Albuquerque's South Valley. Photo taken on June 17, 2023
A sleepy orange (Abaeis nicippe) butterfly on a bindweed blossom, in Albuquerque's South Valley. Photo taken on June 17, 2023. Orange Butterfly, Superfamily, Spots Pattern, South Valley
Sleepy Orange Butterfly
A sleepy orange (Abaeis nicippe) butterfly on a bindweed blossom, in Albuquerque's South Valley. Photo taken on June 17, 2023.
Four cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis) in breeding plumage, at the edge of a temporary pond. The pond was created when the Rio Grande rose and backed into the adjacent woodlands. Photo taken in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 1, 2023. June
Four Cattle Egrets
Four cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis) in breeding plumage, at the edge of a temporary pond. The pond was created when the Rio Grande rose and backed into the adjacent woodlands. Photo taken in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 1, 2023.
A cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) in tall grass at Los Poblanos Open Space, Albuquerque. The fields were being flood-irrigated and cattle egrets were wading through the shallow water to find displaced insects. The red eye on this cattle egret indicates that it's ready to find a mate. Photo taken on May 31, 2023. Cattle, Wild Flowers
Cattle Egret
A cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) in tall grass at Los Poblanos Open Space, Albuquerque. The fields were being flood-irrigated and cattle egrets were wading through the shallow water to find displaced insects. The red eye on this cattle egret indicates that it's ready to find a mate. Photo taken on May 31, 2023.
A female black-chinned hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri). Immature males look similar but given when the photo was taken, only adults should be present. Hence, a female. Photo taken at the Rio Grande Nature Center, Albuquerque, on May 7, 2023.
Black-Chinned Hummingbird
A female black-chinned hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri). Immature males look similar but given when the photo was taken, only adults should be present. Hence, a female. Photo taken at the Rio Grande Nature Center, Albuquerque, on May 7, 2023.
A male red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) next to a fishing pond at Tingley Beach, Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this photo you can see the yellow as well as the red on the male's "shoulders." Photo taken on April 29, 2023. Yellow, Red, Little Bird
Red-Winged Blackbird
A male red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) next to a fishing pond at Tingley Beach, Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this photo you can see the yellow as well as the red on the male's "shoulders." Photo taken on April 29, 2023.
A male eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis) in the Rio Grande Bosque, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo taken on April 27, 2023.
Eastern Bluebird
A male eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis) in the Rio Grande Bosque, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo taken on April 27, 2023.
Canada goose (Branta canadensis) goslings in Albuquerque's North Valley on April 16, 2023. In the presence of humans, the goslings huddled together instinctively. Mom and Dad were close by, ready to attack if I got too close. The image was captured with a telephoto lens, and in fact I wasn't that close to them. Canada, Rc Lens, Image, Anas Platyrhynchos
Baby Canada Geese
Canada goose (Branta canadensis) goslings in Albuquerque's North Valley on April 16, 2023. In the presence of humans, the goslings huddled together instinctively. Mom and Dad were close by, ready to attack if I got too close. The image was captured with a telephoto lens, and in fact I wasn't that close to them.
A Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii) in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 10, 2023. Cooper's hawks are year-round residents in New Mexico, and seem to love to dodge in and out of peoples' trees as they chase down birds to consume. This photo is a bit blurry, but I liked the pose. Hawks, Pose, Reference
Cooper's Hawk
A Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii) in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 10, 2023. Cooper's hawks are year-round residents in New Mexico, and seem to love to dodge in and out of peoples' trees as they chase down birds to consume. This photo is a bit blurry, but I liked the pose.
An adult black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo taken on April 1, 2023. Adult, Night, April
Black-Crowned Night Heron
An adult black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo taken on April 1, 2023.