Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yellow Rumped Warbler - II

Here is another Yellow Rumped Warbler, this one taken in Ash Canyon, in the Huachucha Mountains of Southern Arizona:

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Yellow Rumped Warbler - I

The Yellow Rumped warbler is found throughout North American and one of the more often seen of the Warblers.

I've been lucky to get close for some wonderful photos. Here is one taken near Joshua Tree National Monument in California:

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Monday, October 27, 2014

Yellow Breasted Chat at Empire Gulch

Continuing with my series on my "5" Star Photos we come to the Yellow Breasted Chat. I was sitting next to a tree -- trying to blend in -- overlooking the spring at Empire Gulch, Las Cienegas National Conservation Area in Southern Arizona. I could see that a bird flew down to the water and bathed. However, I couldn't get a good look. But, taking my own advice, I sat still hoping that he would present himself to me. And that he did! He flew up on a dead tree branch to dry out. Lots of photos. Here is the one I selected as a "5":

Yellow Breasted Chat

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wood Duck - III Not quite 5 Stars

Here is an example of a photo that would have been "5" Stars had it turned out clearer. It was an early photo, early 1990's, with a cheap camera.  I like it because it shows a group of male and female Wood Ducks sitting on a downed branch over a pond nearly McNary Dam in Northeast Oregon, just below the Columbia River. Wish it had turned out better. I have found many Wood Ducks since and taken some nice photos of them, but never come across something like this one again. Such it is with Wildlife photography.

Male and Female Wood Ducks

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wood Duck - II

Here's another "5" Star Wood Duck photo taken on a pond at Fort Lowell Park in Tucson:

Wood Duck

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wood Duck - I

Next up, the Wood Duck. The WD is an uncommon duck usually found on sheltered ponds or swamps where there are ample trees and vegetation. Unlike other ducks it nests in tree cavities. This photo comes from Christopher Columbus Lake in Tucson and shows its breeding plumage:

Wood Duck

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wilson's Warbler - II

And another Wilson's Warbler, this one taken on Mount Lemmon:

Wilson's Warbler