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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!)

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!