Mostly bluebirds and butterflies

All these photos were taken in Hyde Park during the last couple of weeks except when noted.

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red spotted purple

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tiger swallowtail

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tiger swallowtail on sow thistle

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tiger swallowtail

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crayfish

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orange sulfur

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black swallowtail

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hummingbird

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bluebird (photo taken May 4 in Palos)

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juvenile bluebirds

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juvenile molting into adult plumage

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another juvenile molting into adult plumage

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juvenile bluebird

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juvenile bluebird with touch of blue

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another juvenile starting to get adult plumage

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green heron (downy young stage)

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rabbit in clover

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young cooper’s hawk (young hawks have vertical rather than horizontal stripes) who lost his/her tail

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Hackberry emperor

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Hackberry emperor

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Question mark (or is it a Comma?) on butterfly bush

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From http://www.gardenswithwings.com

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Looks like a eastern comma

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sunrise on a foggy day

Lots of herons and almost grown ducklings

I took all these photos in the last couple of days at Jackson Park!
Our next nature walks are Sunday August 4 at 12:30 pm or Tuesday August 6 at 6:30. Meet at the east door of the Science and Industry Museum (Space Center and Ominmax Entrance)    Come join us!

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green heron

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green heron

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fledgling green heron

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close-up of same fledgling green heron

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mallard with green heron

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mallard  ducklings (almost grown-up)

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great blue heron

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close-up of great blue heron

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fledgling black-crowned night heron  (checking me out)

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close-up of fledgling black-crowned night heron

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overexposed photo shows you the normal neck length of fledgling black-crowned night heron are in different positions

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black-crowned night heron

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great blue heron– again interesting to see how different herons can look when their necks are

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great blue heron