Common Raven — “Unprecedented” Behavior

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Today I’m posting an image of a Common Raven engaging in what I only half facetiously describe as “unprecedented” behavior. What is this raven doing that is so unusual? It’s sitting still

Ferruginous Hawk in Profile

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. About a week ago I successfully captured an image of a Ferruginous Hawk, showing it in profile. Ferruginous Hawks are winter residents of southern Arizona, spending their summers living in the plains

Least Sandpiper

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Not much larger than a sparrow, the aptly named Least Sandpiper is among the smallest of the numerous sandpiper species. It’s a winter resident of southern Arizona and the southernmost part of

Red-tailed Hawk, Liftoff and Flight

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I recently posted some images of a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk as it took off from its perch on the ground. In that post I related that I’d obtained a second takeoff sequence

Say’s Phoebe on a Wire

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Say’s Phoebe is a species in the flycatcher family. It’s native to the western United States and much of Mexico and is a year-round resident of southern Arizona. However, I see many

Redheads

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. In a recent post I mentioned that I am passionate about photographing ducks during our winter months. I am very fortunate in that several species of ducks show up in the Tucson

Crested Caracaras, Young and Adult

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. I feature images of Crested Caracaras from time to time — they’re my favorite desert bird species. At times, I’ve shown images of immature birds and at others adults. With this species

American Kestrels on Man-made Perches

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. In my years of observing American Kestrels I’ve seen these tiny falcons employ two different hunting techniques. They often sit on high perches like tree limbs or utility poles, looking for prey

American Robin — Spring is Coming!

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. It’s the dead of winter by southern Arizona standards. For the past week or so, nighttime temperatures have been close to or even dipped below freezing, and daytimes, albeit sunny, remain chilly

Ring-necked Ducks

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. This is the time of year when my passion for photographing ducks revives. Very few duck species hang around to endure our torrid summers, but many either winter here or pass through

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