Chuckwalla sunning on rocks in South Mountain Park, Phoenix, AZ
Came around a corner and he had been sunning next to a rock wall. He shot across the trail and rattled and coiled. I slowly backed a bit and just stayed still until he decided to make his way down the mountain. South Mountain Park, Phoenix, AZ.
Rosy faced Lovebird
Nice views of a male
Turned out the 2 individuals found were first for greater phoenix area. Per communication with Pierre Deviche and Pete Moulton
This is the current cover photo for the species on Wikipedia. It also happens to be *my* photo.
Location slightly obfuscated due to rarity of this species in South Mountain (near the absolute northern edge of the range of this species and family).
Contemplating the Wheel...
vagrant, feeding in cultivated Pinus canariensis