Red-tailed Hawk (Immature), Exiting Palm

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Recently, I came across a young Red-tailed Hawk — certainly less than a year old — perching among the fronds of a palm tree. As I photographed it, the hawk took flight,

American Kestrel (Male) In The Grasslands

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. American Kestrels, like other falcon species, enjoy open country. The wide open spaces of southern Arizona’s grasslands perfectly suit these little falcons’ lifestyle. There, they can take advantage of their superb vision

Meadowlarks, Western And Eastern

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. The birding field guides tell us that there are two subspecies of Meadowlark inhabiting the United States. As its name implies, the Eastern Meadowlark is resident mainly in the eastern half of

Grasshopper Sparrow

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Southern Arizona is a paradise for sparrows. Our mountains, grasslands, and desert provide a wide range of habitats and consequently, the area attracts numerous sparrow species. Perhaps my favorite location for sparrow

Peregrine Falcons In Our Neighborhood — Part III

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. At least during the winter months the Peregrine Falcons in our neighborhood seem to be right at home. They fly freely over our houses, highways, and commercial establishments in pursuit of their

White-crowned Sparrow showing its crown

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I’m posting yet another image of a White-crowned Sparrow today. I never tire of photographing these very pretty little sparrows. I’ll let the image do most of the talking. One thing I

Loggerhead Shrike, Winter Morning

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. We were driving through Sonoita’s grasslands a couple of weeks ago when I spotted a Loggerhead Shrike sunning itself on a wire fence. It was still early and the temperature was barely

Urban Bobcat

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for for a detailed view. There is a park within Tucson’s city limits that is visited regularly by at least one Bobcat. She doesn’t “live” in the park: Bobcats rove over surprisingly large areas. However, she

Belted Kingfisher

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I think that every nature photographer must keep a list of a few species that seem to be forever just beyond his or her reach — something that he or she wants

Leucistic Vermilion Flycatcher

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I’ve posted a couple of times over the past few weeks about my “friend,” a Vermilion Flycatcher residing in a local park that is not only extremely cooperative, but one of my

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