Monday, September 26, 2016

Arivaca Cienegas: Yellow Billed Cuckoo

Had a chance to go to Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (all parts) a couple of days ago. First stop was Arivaca Cienegas. I was there by 7:00 am and found it very birdie!!  In fact, so much so that it was difficult to focus in on a particular bird in order to get that "perfect" photo. Lots of warblers: Orange Crowned, MacGillivray's, Wilson's, and Lucy's.

But the find of the morning was a pair of Yellow Billed Cuckoos. They were quite active so I didn't get many good photos, but I did manage a couple of nice ones. Here is one of those:

Yellow Billed Cuckoo

Saturday, September 24, 2016

More from Sweetwater Wetlands


In addition to the Juvenile Peregrine Falcons, there was a nice Ladder-backed Woodpecker that allowed me to get quite close:



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Juvenile Peregrine Falcons at Sweetwater Wetlands


A quick trip over to Sweetwater Wetlands was not quite as productive as I had hoped. It may be that I just didn't get there early enough (arrived and 9:45). And it was hot -- 97 degrees hot. However, I did come away with some nice photos of three Juvenile Peregrine Falcons. I did not see either adult. Here are a couple of those photos:



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Birds on a Wire: Cassin's Kingbird


Southern Arizona has four Kingbird species: Cassin's, Thick Billed, Tropical, and Western. Here a Cassin's Kingbird sits a a wire awaiting an insect to snatch:

Cassin's Kingbird

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Birds on a Wire: Broad Billed Hummingbird



Around nectar feeders, hummingbirds use nearby wire to sit and rest primarily. Sometimes they will clean their bill on the wire, but it is less often that the wire is a perch to catch insects passing by.

Here are two photos of Broad Billed Hummers at rest:


Male Broad Billed Hummingbird


Male Broad Billed Hummingbird

In the last photo a Male Broad Billed Hummer about to land on the wire -- already occupied by a Female Anna's Hummer:


Male Broad Billed Hummingbird and Female Anna's Hummingbird

Friday, September 16, 2016

Birds on a Wire: Brewers Blackbird


One of my favorite "early" photos (from 1990 or so). It doesn't have the detail that my 51 megapixel camera (of today) has, but I like the composition, color, and the way the bird has his head tilted and tail fanned.

The photo was taken in Glacier National Park, Montana.




Brewers Blackbird





Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Birds on a Wire: Blue Throated Hummingbird


The Blue Throated Hummingbird drinks nectar and eats flying insects and spiders. Typically they hawk insects catching them in mid-air while flying or by striking out from perches:



Blue Throated Hummingbird