Monday, September 24, 2018

Tricolored Heron

Every once in a while a Tricolored Heron makes an appearance in a small pond next to a golf course in Tucson. The last time I was aware of it was in July of 2014. But here, four years later he's there at that small pond again.

The vegetation around the pond is much thicker now, and there are not many openings to peek through. That being the case the heron has to be visible from that spot in order to see it (or photograph it). Still I was able to get a few photos:

First, here is the Tricolored Heron with a Dragonfly:

Here giving me a nice profile:

And, here after jumping up into the weed bed:

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area: White Tailed Kite

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area is about 45 minutes from us and right on the way to (or from) Patagonia, Sonoita, Sierra Vista, Tombstone etc. So it is always a convenient stop.

Here are a few photos taken as I was "driving by."

 First, a White Tailed Kite that unfortunately was already far away when I first spotted him, but kept going further and eventually out of sight:

White Tailed Kite

Western Kingbird

Sunflower and Bumble Bee

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Lake Cochise

I drove over to Lake Cochise in Willcox looking for the Northern Waterthrush (one of the few Arizona Warblers I've not photographed).

No luck with the warbler, but as usual did come away with some nice photos:

Black Necked Stilt, American Avocet, and Western Sandpiper

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Black Crowned Night Heron, Juvenile

Black Necked Stilt

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Wilson's Phalarope

Yellow Headed Blackbird

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

White Fronted Goose and Snow Goose

I had an 8:30 breakfast this morning, but decided I could make a quick trip to Lakeside Park (about 20 minutes from us) at 6:00 am and be back in time to fix breakfast. 

I was rewarded with both a White Fronted Goose and a Snow Goose. (There was a Great Blue Heron and Black Crowned Night Heron as well, though I focused primarily on the geese.

Here they are in order of appearance:

Great Blue Heron

Black Crowned Night Heron
I didn't see the geese immediately, and then voila, they flew right down in front of me:
Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

White Fronted Goose