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02 May 2009 @ 02:05 pm
Death Valley wildlife  
There's life all around and all you have to do is look. That's true even for a place named Death Valley which in the middle of a desert! One of the most amazing creatures that lives in this desert, popular because of its extreme temperatures, is a species of fish. There are a few species of pupfish that live within the boundaries of the Death Valley National Park. The Salt Creek pupfish or the Death Valley pupfish is the most popular of the lot because of easy accessibility to see the fish. The creek, no more than a few inches deep, seems to be full of them during spring. With males fighting over territory and the camouflaged females witnessing the battles. Here's some of the wildlife that I was able to see in the desert during last weekend's trip.

A male Salt Creek Pupfish

A female Salt Creek Pupfish

A male Pupfish

One that didn't make it this year. Most fish will die out and only the ones in the deeper parts of the creek will live to see the next year.

The pupfish army, in their "world"

Salt Creek - home of the Salt Creek pupfish

Mojave Ground Squirrel

Sage Sparrow

Wilson's Warbler

Violet-Green Swallow on a Tufa

Violet-Green Swallow

Great-tailed Grackle

And a video of the Salt Creek Pupfish (no sound!)

purely_narcoticpurely_narcotic on May 2nd, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
Those females really are camouflaged. No wonder I didn't see them!
summer_jackelsummer_jackel on May 3rd, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
Breathtakingly beautiful images. Thank you for the information about the pupfish. It really touched me...so beautiful.
Yathinyathin on May 4th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Yes, their story is really amazing. When all animals depending on Manly lake moved on or died out, these little ones evolved to adapt - in the blink of an eye!
Mel: Beakykendokamel on May 3rd, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
kejnkejn on May 3rd, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
the pupfish are so beautiful!
and OMG, the swallow!
is the squirrel pregnant or just fat? :) poor thing, having to hide from you in that thorny bush...
and as usual, all the birds seem to have something to say. the grackle is saying "wait, you stupid, i haven't struck my pose yet!"
Yathinyathin on May 4th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if the squirrel is fat! (I didn't notice it in the field! :D)

The Grackle was in a hurry to fly away... :-)
talekotaleko on May 3rd, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)
It's very interesting!!
Sealsealwhiskers on May 3rd, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
I'm completely in love with those swallows now...
Yathinyathin on May 4th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Those swallows are beautifully colored indeed! :-)
kejnkejn on May 3rd, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
how come there's no sound to the video? :)
Yathinyathin on May 4th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
There is just the wind in the original recording (and didn't feel like adding any artificial music!)
depontideponti on May 4th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Lovely, thank you. Seeing the Common Grackle around here, it was nice to see the uncommon variety!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on May 4th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Fabulous photos man, thanks for sharing.
Subodhsubodhs on May 4th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
Wow! Just wow. Awesome pics sir!
Aparna: Myselfinspirethoughts on May 4th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Beautiful Pics and video!

Amazing to see how animals adapt to nature's changes to survive. Interesting fact that males fight for territory!
eh_doniaeh_donia on May 5th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
i dont log into lj often these days - but everytime i do, i see gorgeous images from ur end and it only makes me glad that i am on lj in the first place - and that i know u and feel the sensitivity. great great images... loved the pup fish and everything else!
thanks Yathin!! :D
iblog93: katericaavocett on May 6th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
Woah , I never knew that such swallows exist and now I'm overwhelmed by their beauty ! I love the green ! So thank you for posting your photos , they're great !
umang jaipuriaumang on May 8th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Is this a good time to go to Death Valley? Or do you think it would have become too hot already?