South Texas December 2012 Day 6

Most all of our group left the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas to return to their respective homes.  Sunday morning I drove to San Benito to the home of Terry and Marci Fuller for breakfast.  Jeff Gordon, President of the ABA (American Birding Association) was there as well.  After a sumptuous breakfast we headed south to the Rio Grande River.  On this day I spent more time with butterflies and dragonflies than I did with birds. (Shhhhh.  Don’t tell anyone.  Haha.  I didn’t ignore the birds.  It just wasn’t my primary focus.)  Ok.  I did photograph a few birds.  I also photographed a ton of butterflies and dragonflies.  Most are not included here (1,000 pics for the day!)  The identification of the butterflies and dragonflies may be suspect as I am a totally rank beginner.  So if you see an error, please let me know!  The following are some of my favorite photos of the day.

Black-shouldered Kite pair in flight - near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX - 2012-12-09

Black-shouldered Kite pair in flight – near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Black-shouldered Kites pair perched - near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX - 2012-12-09

Black-shouldered Kites pair perched – near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

bee swarm - San Benito TX - 2012-12-09

bee swarm – San Benito TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

American Pipit - San Benito TX - 2012-12-09

American Pipit – San Benito TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Blue-ringed Dancer - San Benito TX - 2012-12-09

Blue-ringed Dancer – San Benito TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Blue-ringed Dancer - San Benito TX - 2012-12-09

Blue-ringed Dancer – San Benito TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Blue-ringed Dancer pair - San Benito TX - 2012-12-09

Blue-ringed Dancer pair – San Benito TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Green Kingfisher flying across the Rio Grande River - south of Harlingen TX - 2012-12-09

Green Kingfisher flying across the Rio Grande River – south of Harlingen TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Loggerhead Shrike on close snag - San Benito TX - 2012-12-09

Loggerhead Shrike on close snag – San Benito TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak - near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX - 2012-12-09

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (uncertain) – near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Marsh Firetail (Telebasis digiticollis) - near Rio Grande south of Harlingen - 2012-12-09

Marsh Firetail (Telebasis digiticollis) – near Rio Grande south of Harlingen – 2012-12-09. This Latin American species was discovered by Terry Fuller in 2010 in South Texas. photo by Greg Miller

Narrow-striped Forceptail (not certain) - near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX - 2012-12-09

Narrow-striped Forceptail (not certain) – near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

old building near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX - 2012-12-09

old building near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Orange Bluet - San Benito TX - 2012-12-09

Orange Bluet (uncertain) – San Benito TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Queen Butterfly - Harlingen TX - 2012-12-09

Queen Butterfly – Harlingen TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Rambur's Forktail - San Benito TX - 2012-12-09

Rambur’s Forktail – San Benito TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Red Saddlebags - near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX - 2012-12-09

Red Saddlebags – near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Roseate Skimmer - near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX - 2012-12-09

Roseate Skimmer – near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

unknown butterfly - Harlingen TX - 2012-12-09

American Snout – Harlingen TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

unknown butterfly showing coiled proboscis - San Benito TX - 2012-12-09

unknown butterfly showing coiled proboscis – San Benito TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

unknown flower - near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX - 2012-12-09

Mexican Hat – near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

Vermiliion Flycatcher - near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX - 2012-12-09

Vermiliion Flycatcher – near Rio Grande River south of Harlingen TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

White-striped Longtail - San Benito TX - 2012-12-09

White-striped Longtail – San Benito TX – 2012-12-09 photo by Greg Miller

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