Monday, September 03, 2012

Cape May - Terns, Butterflies, and Dragonflies

While visiting family in Philadelphia, I managed a day trip to Cape May. I was about a week early for warbler, song bird, and hawk migration. But in places I felt like I was in the middle of a butterfly garden. And ... in a continuing expansion of subject and interest, dragonflies captured my focus. Here is a sampling of images from the day ...

Terns, oystercatchers, and skimmers were gathered along the beaches near the conservancy. A particular delight were the Royal Terns ...

Royal Tern
American Oystercatcher
A dozen species of butterflies were tallied. The most stunning was this Red-spotted Purple ...

Red-spotted Purple
I am a novice with dragonflies, so please let me know if you disagree with the IDs on the following ...

Common Whitetail
Twelve-Spotted Skimmer
Swamp Darner
Swamp Darner
Good everything!!

3 comments:

Laurence Butler said...

Great shots Chris! Really love the Oystercatcher

OpposableChums said...

Excellent pix. Thanks.

vinecon said...

as an even more novice butterflyer, I still know the difference between a butterfly and a dragonfly.
Excellent photos.

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