Egret

Gilbert’s Riparian Preserve

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We revisited the Riparian Preserve as there always seems to be something interesting. One night, I will return for some star shots.

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The turtles were sunning themselves near the bridge.

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Lucky we got this close to one that was perched on the edge of an old post.

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Natural, un-trimmed palm tree branches shade the trunk from the hot sun.

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This bush had some buds getting ready to flower.

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This branch looked gorgeous against the sky.

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Then I found some in full bloom.

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The sun hit at just the right angle to highlight this guy’s cheek.

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A white feather floats on some riparian sludge.

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We found some egrets fishing.

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We walked around the pond to try and see them from a better angle.

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Score!

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This bush was full of egrets!

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What a view!

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Another pair.

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These two appeared to be a bit smaller.

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The Canada’s were in fine formation.

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I love the saguaro cactus garden.

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We have seen prickly pear cactus with white powdery stuff on it.

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The groundskeeper explained that it was an insect called cochineal that lives on the cactus. Sometimes the insects are brushed off and harvested for the red dye they create.

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It is always wonderful to find spring flowers.

 

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