Paper Wasps — Family Portraits

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I took an early morning walk a few days ago at Sabino Canyon National recreation area. I was approaching a bridge that crosses Sabino Creek not far downstream from the canyon’s dam,

Mexican Amberwing

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I don’t believe that I have a favorite dragonfly species — they’re all beautiful — but that said, I confess that my heartbeat quickens somewhat whenever I have a chance to photograph

Lark Sparrow — A Sign of Autumn (Well, Sort Of)

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Today marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. For me, autumn and winter are the time of year for observing and photographing sparrows. Huge numbers of these beautiful little birds,

Great Egret — Hunting

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I was at Agua Caliente Park the other day, searching for dragonflies to photograph. I stood quietly amid the pondside vegetation, looking for the tell-tale shape of a perching dragonfly. Suddenly, I

Western Pondhawk and Blue Dasher — Similar But Not the Same

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. In my posts about dragonflies I mention often that these insects have been around in one form or another for nearly a quarter of a billion years. They have evolved into a

Burrowing Owl at “Burrow’s” Entrance

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I recently photographed this young Burrowing Owl standing in front of a large pipe embedded in an earthen berm. I know that this is a juvenile bird because of its nearly unmarked

American Avocets

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I drove through southern Arizona’s farmlands a couple of days ago. Along my way I passed a fairly sizable man-made pond. I noticed numerous mostly white birds standing at the pond’s shoreline.

Western Kingbird and Tropical Kingbird, Seeing the Differences

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. We’re nearing the end of summer in southern Arizona and that means that certain species that are seasonal residents will soon be leaving us. These species include both Western and Tropical Kingbirds.

Narrow-striped Forceptail

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I’ve gotten into a bit of a rhythm recently, alternating posts of dragonfly images every few days with posts of birds or other wildlife. I think that I’ll keep doing this, at

Red-tailed Hawk, Exiting Stage Left

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I was successful the other day in capturing an image of an adult Red-tailed Hawk as it departed the stump of a long-dead palm. We are in the midst of the fall

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