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

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wilson's Warbler

On to the Wilson's Warbler commonly found in the Western United States (occasionally in the east). This photo was taken in Huachuca Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains of Southeast Arizona. Very cute little guy who looks like he's wearing a little black cap:


Wilson's Warbler

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wilson's Phalarope

Here is a Wilson's Phalarope in breeding plumage. The photo was taken at Lake Cochise in Southeast Arizona. It's fun to watch these little sandpipers because they are constantly "spinning" around like a top stirring up insects from the bottom of the pond or lake.


Wilson's Phalarope

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Willet

Next up, a Willet photo taken in Humboldt Bay, California. How lucky was this. He flew right in front of me while I was looking through my camera lens? A rare opportunity:

Willet