Brown-headed Cowbird — What’s the Problem?

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I came across a small flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds recently while driving through high desert at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains near the town of Oracle. They seemed to be

Black-crowned Night Heron in Flight

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Today’s images are of something one doesn’t expect to see in our desert. This is a Black-crowned Night Heron, which I photographed recently as it flew over southern Arizona’s farmlands. As their

Long-eared Owls (Fledglings)

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I’m returning to this blog’s southern Arizona theme. A few days before leaving for Alaska I received a text from my friend Loren, which included an embedded image. I was unable to

Bald Eagle at Shoreline

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Today’s post is my last entry of images from Silver Salmon Creek Lodge in Alaska. It will be back to Arizona beginning tomorrow. I end this series with images of a Bald

Bald Eagle at Rest and in Flight

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. One of my ambitions when I first began to take nature photography seriously was to capture images of Bald Eagles. Back then I thought of these big raptors as rare and exotic.

American Black Bear

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. In yesterday’s post I stated that I was done showing images of Coastal Brown Bears. But that didn’t mean that I had no more bear images to post. Today, I’m offering one

Coastal Brown Bears — Adolescense

You may enlarge any images on this blog by clicking on them. Click again for a detailed view. Today will be my final post about Coastal Brown Bears. After today I will post about two additional subjects that I photographed in Alaska, and then it will be back to Arizona’s

Coastal Brown Bears — “Courtship”

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I mentioned yesterday that June is mating season for the Coastal Brown Bears in Lake Clark National Park. The behavior that we witnessed was definitely not romantic. On our first day at

Coastal Brown Bears — Leaving a Calling Card

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. June is breeding season for Coastal Brown Bears at Lake Clark National Park. Much of the behavior that we observed related to mating activity. Sunset at the park wasn’t until after 11

Coastal Brown Bears — Clever Opportunists

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. In several of my posts I’ve written about species that are opportunists — birds and animals that exploit their environment to take advantage of every possible opportunity to feed and survive. Generally,

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