Seems like it's something in the viridipes group.
I need to figure out how to distinguish the White-tailed Kite from the lighter male Northern Harriers. This one had tapered wings and seemed slim overall, so I figured it was a kite, but another guy out there seemed to think it was a Harrier.
Squirrels around Flagstaff have big ears and white puffy tails. Thanks for the reminder and the ID, Anita!
Black face, pale bill.
Scott Creek has so many wonderful hydroids. Hydroids are diverse, beautiful, and goddamn tiny, making it very hard to capture that beauty and diversity. These Abietinaria are pretty big, but to actually see the structure of the hydrothecae or the hydranths, you need to get a lot closer.
Quite a beauty, and I think it's the first time I've seen it! This also marks one of the first times I've actually paid attention to background colors while taking the picture. Noticed the blue tint in the leaves, and thought, "I want that!" Need to do this more.
ID based on the fact that it's the only Calflora species for Fresno county and the handout they gave us on this trip. The Jepson key distinguishes this by its fruit.
aka the Crown-of-Thorns, very dangerous to the coral.
With a million eggs.
Wish I could have gotten one of these in a dish.
First time seeing this fine slug. Found it in the sand while swimming back to the pipe, sitting on a moon snail egg collar. I love the white speckling on the notum, just like A. lutea!
I would like to believe this slug is rearing up in preparation for a fearsome, if slow, attack upon my person.
Been a while since I've seen this little slug. Always a pleasure.
One of my favorite slugs.
Another "first in a while." One of my favorite slugs.