For the Birds

A couple of days ago, I decided to have some fun with my 300mm lens and decided to go bird hunting to see what kind of birds I could capture on film.  To my surprise, I found this:

IMG_7643 copyA Black-headed Grosbeak! I didn’t know these were in Zion National Park! I saw this hopping from tree to tree singing his little heart out and it was amazing to hear!

I also ran across the Western Tanager.

IMG_7673 copy Now there’s a sight to behold!  He is gorgeous!!

You know the old saying, “The early bird gets the worm.”  Well, this wasn’t early (it was late afternoon) and the bird still got the worm.  IMG_7662 copyA robin enjoying his dinner.

Do you remember the old Anne Murray song “Snowbird”?  A line of it is:

“Little snowbird take your wings and fly away…”, well, this bird did.

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And so will I.





Gallery Updates

On the advice from a fellow blogger, I organized my galleries to be subject specific.  There is a new gallery for Bryce Canyon National Park (I realize I need to post more photos of this beautiful place), Grand Canyon National Park, and of course, my beloved Zion National Park.  I also posted galleries for flowers and birds, with a gallery for Ancient Art, Arizona, and Other Animals in the works.

Enjoy the images! Remember, they are all available for purchase.  Contact me for details.


Wild Weekly’s Photo Challenge – Flight

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s Challenge is: Flying!

Question is, do stingrays really fly?  Or do they swim?  It’s so hard to tell sometimes. IMG_0248

I have seen these fly, but not very often.  The only time they fly is to get into the trees at night to avoid the predators. The almost national bird: The Turkey._RW_0015

Of course, if you really want to fly, you need something to get yourself into the air, but if you want to have a quiet time doing so, you’ll need to inflate a balloon!



Now, it’s time to get off the ground, but with many balloons, there will be some congestion in the air.



Now that we’re in the air, we fly among the California Condors, America‘s largest bird of prey.



Of course, they also need to come in for a landing.  They’re not so graceful on the ground as they are in the air.



When the Condor is on the ground, they look like the Grim Reaper. Don’t you think?

IMG_1307Of course, continuing with the bird of prey theme; here we have the magnificent Peregrine Falcon.



But what good is a bird of prey without their prey?  Here we have the Stellars Jay.




And the Mallard Duck:

CRW_0033The beautiful Mallard Duck all so cozy sitting in the sand.  But as the saying goes: “Birds of a Feather Flock Together!” Here we have the peacock and Mallards walking around.



I found this bird in Mexico at the Mayan Ruins near Tulum.  No idea what kind of bird this is.



Of course, we can’t forget our domesticated feathered friends like the parrot.