I have a legitimate excuse for not posting during the last field season. I finally broke down and purchased a new camera body. Unfortunately, because I shoot in RAW, and Nikon seems to change this format every few cameras, my old-2008-macbook's version of iPhoto could not seem to process my recent photos. After much chagrin, I found freeware online that allowed me to batch and convert a group of photos from RAW to jpeg all at once! Woohoo!
Anyways, I have been back from the field for nearly a month now and I am eager to show you some of my new sparkling photographs and do a little sum-up of the highlights of this year's field season.
When we came back to the field at the end of July, the desert was a nursery of scaly and feathered young. The barn swallows are always nesting around the White Sands visitor centre- very cute. Very inquisitive, and overwhelmed by instinct, likely to open their mouths in synchrony when you pass your hand in front of their nest.
|Young barn swallows outside the WSNM visitor centre.|
|Momma (or poppa) black-throated sparrow making a racket|
outside the nest.
Isaiah also happened to look down the right bush and see a black-throated sparrow nest just 1.5 feet from the ground!
|Adorable hatchling black-throated sparrows.|
|The cutest little H. maculata we decided to name "Drew." (mainly because I misheard when Jackie said, "It's true!")|
|Baby lizards getting into some mischief with Jackie and Mikki... and Drew clearly knows which spot to best show crypsis on my foot!|
-S. Des Roches