American Kestrel — A Male Sits For His Portrait

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I have had more success capturing images of American Kestrels in the past year than I have had in all of my previous years of nature photography combined. With experience I’ve learned

Ferruginous Hawk — A Dark Morph With Jade-Green Eyes

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. One of the thrills of wildlife photography is the very rare opportunity to photograph something unique. Today’s post describes one of those opportunities. A few days ago I was in farm country

Mexican Jay

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Today, I’m profiling yet another resident of Arizona’s Sky Islands. This is the Mexican Jay. As its name implies, the Mexican Jay is native to much of Mexico. In the United States

Gould’s Wild Turkey

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Today I’m featuring another inhabitant of southern Arizona’s highlands. This is a Gould’s Wild Turkey. I photographed this individual recently as she strolled through a public area in the Santa Rita Mountains,

Arizona Gray Squirrel

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Recently, I made a half-day’s trip into southern Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains, south of Tucson. The Santa Ritas are one of several mountain ranges within a short drive from Tucson and one

Common Raven — Morning Call

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Recently, I encountered a Common Raven vocalizing. It was fairly early one morning in southern Arizona’s farm country. The raven was atop a utility pole and it sat there for a while,

Long-billed Curlew

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Here’s a species that is a first for me: the birds depicted here are Long-billed Curlews, members of the Sandpiper family. I encountered these birds recently as they were foraging in a

Burrowing Owls — Expectant Parents?

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I made a recent visit to the burrow site of a pair of Burrowing Owls that I have been following for more than two years. In both 2019 and 2020 the resident

Northern Mockingbird

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and spent much of my adult life living in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Northern Mockingbirds were a common sight in both communities. I

Curve-billed Thrasher — Posing And Taking Off

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I often mention how much of a role good fortune plays in nature photography. Sometimes all of the skill and acumen in the world gets trumped by being in the right place

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