Log in

No account? Create an account
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!)

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... :-)