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February 27th Dinner Island Ranch & Lake Okeechobee

Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (69 of 72)
The next 11 pictures are of Black Skimmers I took at Lake Okeechobee which is the 10th largest lake in the United States.

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Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (37 of 72) - Copy
Caracara
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (36 of 72) - Copy
Caracara
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (35 of 72) - Copy
Alligator covered in water plants

Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (34 of 72) - Copy

Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (33 of 72) - Copy
Florida Softshell Turtle laying eggs
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (32 of 72) - Copy
Florida Softshell Turtle laying eggs
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (13 of 72) - Copy
Red-shouldered Hawk
Apple Snails 2-27-18 (1 of 1) - Copy
Apple Snails that ahve been eaten by Limpkins

Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (31 of 72) - Copy

Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (29 of 72) - Copy
Fly on Common Beggar-Ticks
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (28 of 72) - Copy
Common Primrose Willow
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (26 of 72) - Copy
Queen
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (23 of 72) - Copy
American Kestrel
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (21 of 72) - Copy
Giant Swallowtail- A really beautiful find
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (19 of 72) - Copy
Southern Leopard Frog
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (18 of 72) - Copy
Red Mud Dauber
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (17 of 72) - Copy
Mexican Poppy
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (11 of 72) - Copy
Red-shouldered Hawk battling a snake that eventually won the fight
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (10 of 72) - Copy
Singing Eatern Meadowlark. Definitley the earliest I have ever heard them sing.
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (4 of 72) - Copy
Black Vultures on a cow carcass.
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (3 of 72) - Copy
Three American White Pelicans glide overhead.
Dinner Island and Lake Okeechobee 2-27-18 (2 of 72) - Copy
Loggerhead Shrike

February 26th – Fakahatchee Strand Cypress Preserve State Park, Big Cypress Boardwalk and Visitor Center, H.P. Williams Boardwalk and Shark Valley Everglades National Park

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Green Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (48 of 103)
Green Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (45 of 103)
Little Blue Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (42 of 103)
Blue Dasher
Florida 2-26-18 (41 of 103)
Little Blue Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (39 of 103)
Chain Pickerel
Florida 2-26-18 (37 of 103)
Snowy Egret
Florida 2-26-18 (36 of 103)
Palm lWarbler
Florida 2-26-18 (35 of 103)
American Alligator
Florida 2-26-18 (33 of 103)
American Alligator leaping
Florida 2-26-18 (32 of 103)
American Alligator coming back down in the water
Florida 2-26-18 (31 of 103)
American Alligator (next 4 pictures as well)

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American Alligator and Great Blue Heron share space
Florida 2-26-18 (24 of 103)
Double-crested Cormorant
Florida 2-26-18 (23 of 103)
Green Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (22 of 103)
American Anhinga with a catfish
Florida 2-26-18 (21 of 103)
Green Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (20 of 103)
Common Buckeye
Florida 2-26-18 (19 of 103)
Little Blue Heron
Florida 2-26-18 (17 of 103)
Florida Cooter
Florida 2-26-18 (16 of 103)
American Alligator
Florida 2-26-18 (15 of 103)
Peek-a-boo! Great Blue Heron blends in
Florida 2-26-18 (14 of 103)
Roseate Spoonbill
Florida 2-26-18 (13 of 103)
Roseate Spoonbill
Florida 2-26-18 (12 of 103)
Roseate Spoonbill
Florida 2-26-18 (11 of 103)
White Ibis
Florida 2-26-18 (10 of 103)
Snowy Egrets
Florida 2-26-18 (7 of 103)
Mixed flock of White Ibis and Snowy Egrets
Florida 2-26-18 (5 of 103)
Southern Watersnake
Florida 2-26-18 (4 of 103)
White Ibis next 4 pictures

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Baby Gator 2-26-18 (1 of 1)
Baby American Alligator
Baby Anhinga's 2-26-18 (1 of 1)
American Anhinga young

Birding Florida February 25th-March 3rd

GREG Wacodhatchee 2-25-18 (1 of 1)

I was able to spend 7 full and simply amazing days birding and traipsing about south-central Florida at the invite of my good friend Judy Rapp who joined me on this adventure. and what a fantastic adventure it was! My primary impetus in choosing late February/earl March to go to Florida was to photograph the displaying egrets and herons who are engaged in mating rituals and nesting at this time. The picture above is exactly what I was hoping to see. Another benefit beyond the breathtaking scenes I was able to  bear witness to through my lens  was I go t to escape the Wisconsin winter weather!

I was able to come up with 4 life birds during this trip: Nanday Parakeet, Egyptian Goose, Muscovy Duck, Fork-tailed Flycatcher and Purple Swamphen (Gray-headed Swamphen). In addition, I reacquainted myself with old friends such as the Snail Kite, Purple Gallinule, Little Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Tri-colored heron, Painted Bunting and more.

Because I have 8 days worth of pictures, I will just create posts covering every day or two and locations of where I took photo’s.

February 24  Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (1 of 11)
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (3 of 11)
Muscovy Duck, an introduced bird that was a lifer nonetheless!
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (4 of 11)
A beautiful Red-shouldered Hawk gave some great looks.

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (6 of 11)

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (8 of 11)
Eastern Amberwing
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (10 of 11)
Looking out over the Everglades near sunset
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (11 of 11)
Sunset
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR 2-24-18 (2 of 11)
A male Ring-necked Duck that lives n a small pond near Judy’s house

 

February 25 Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Cay Preserve

I have been on many fantastic boardwalks in various parts of the country but there is nothing that compares to being on the three-quarter mile boardwalk at Wakodahatchee during the nesting season for  many wetland birds such as the Wood Stork, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Tri-colored Heron, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron and American Anhinga. It was an amazing spectacle to behold. The clumps of shrubs found throughout the pond areas become the nesting grounds for all of these birds. I was provided an up close and personal look at the whole nesting process , from stick gathering and mating displays to rearing and fledging young…and all at extremely close range.

Alligator Wacodhatchee 2-25-18 (1 of 1)
A very large American Alligator. I have only seen one other gator even approaching this size and that was in San Padre Island, Texas. This fella was around 12 feet long and had to be 600+ pounds.
Little Blue Wakodahatchee Wetlands 2-25-18 (1 of 1)
A beautiful Tri-colored Heron in full breeding plummage
Osprey Wacodhatchee 2-25-18 (1 of 1)
An Osprey searches for fish in the pond area
Wacodhatchee 2-25-18 (1 of 1)
A family of American Anhingas take umbrage to a Wood Stork trying to land and take sticks from their nest
Cormorant with fish 2-25-18 (1 of 1)
A Double-breasted Cormorant surfaces with an impressive catch
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (4 of 131)
Boat-tailed Grackle
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (5 of 131)
Cattle Egret
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (6 of 131)
Great Blue Heron
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (7 of 131)
Cattle Egret
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (8 of 131)
Great Blue Heron Fledgling begs for food (also in the next 7 pictures)

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Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (16 of 131)
A Double-crested Cormorant sits above its nest
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (17 of 131)
Wood Stork carrying nesting material
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (18 of 131)
Great Blue Heron on the nest
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (19 of 131)
Great Blue Heron
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (20 of 131)
A young alligator hoping a fledgling will fall out if its nest
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (21 of 131)
Nesting Great Egret
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (22 of 131)
American Anhinga (also in next two pictures)

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Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (25 of 131)
Displaying Great Egret
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (26 of 131)
Displaying Great Egret
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (27 of 131)
Great Egret that had been displaying on its next gathering nesting material. You can see the display plumes are still partially erect
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (28 of 131)
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (29 of 131)
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (30 of 131)
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (31 of 131)
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (32 of 131)
Double-crested Cormorant
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (33 of 131)
Wood Stork
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (35 of 131)
Wood Stork
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (36 of 131)
Cattle Egret (next three pictures as well)

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Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (40 of 131)
Do-crested Cormorant family (next 4 pictures as well)

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Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (45 of 131)
Wood Stork
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (46 of 131)
Wood Stork and American Anhingas
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (47 of 131)
Wood Stork and American Anhingas
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (48 of 131)
Wood Stork
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (49 of 131)
Wood Stork
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (50 of 131)
Wood Stork
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (51 of 131)
American Anhinga with personality
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (52 of 131)
Great Blue Heron feeds its young (next 3 pictures as well)

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Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (55 of 131)
American Anhinga dries its wings
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (56 of 131)
American Alligator
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (57 of 131)
Tri-colored Heron
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (58 of 131)
Green Iguana
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (59 of 131)
Tri-colored Heron
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (60 of 131)
Wood Stork
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (61 of 131)
Mottled Duck
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (63 of 131)
Great Egret
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (80 of 131)
American Alligator
Wacodahatchee Wetlands and Blue Cay Preserve 2-25-18 (79 of 131)
Wood Stork (next 4 images as well)

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Bald Eagles of Petenwell Dam-Necedah, Wisconsin

January 8, 2017

I made the trip up to Petenwell Dam near Necedah to photograph the wintering Bald Eagles. Although the dam was not ope, which resulted in a very limited supply of fish, there were around 50 eagles present. They did limited feeding and most of that was not anywhere near the shore. Despite that, I was able to get a few decent pictures.

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The Best of 2016

I was fortunate enough to get to some great places during 2016, including Nicaragua and the Southwestern United States; both first-time trips .

I have finally gone through all of my pictures and picked out some of my favorites. Enjoy!

acorn-woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
american-avocet-kiwanis-park-gilbert-water-ranch-7-13-16-11-1
American Avocet
american-bittern
American Bittern
american-pelican
American White Pelican
american-redstart-pheasant-branch-5-17-16-jeff-galligan-27-6
American Redstart
american-tree-sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
amnnas-hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
arizona-woodpecker-mt-lemmon-madera-canyon-7-14-16-34
Arizona Woodpecker
bald-eagle-petenwell-1-24-16-28
Bald Eagle
bare-throated-tiger-heron
Bare-throated Tiger Heron
barred-antshrike
Barred Antshrike
bells-vireo
Bell’s Vireo
berryline-miller-canyon-7-15-16
Berryline Hummingbird
bewicks-wren-el-aribabi-7-16-16-20-1
Bewick’s Wren
black-and-white-warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
black-phoebe
Black Phoebe
black-vulture
Black Vulture
black-capped-chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
black-capped-gnatcatcher-el-aribabi-7-17-16-40-3
Black-capped Gnatcatcher
black-crowned-night-heron-pheasant-branch-5-17-16-jeff-galligan-30
Black-crowned Night-Heron
black-headed-grosbeak-madera-canyon-7-15-16-4-1
Black-headed Grosbeak
black-headed-saltator
Black-headed Saltator
black-headed-trogan
Black-headed Trogan
black-legged-kittiwake-geeen-bay-12-12-16-19
Black-legged Kittiwake
black-necked-stilt
Black-necked Stilt
black-tailed-gnatcatcher-jpg
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
black-throated-gray-warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
black-throated-sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
blue-grosbeak-el-aribabi-7-16-16-42-3
Blue Grosbeak
blue-jay
Blue Jay
blue-crowned-motmot
Blue-crowned Motmot
blue-gray-gnatcatcher-mt-ord
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
blue-gray-tanager
Blue-gray Tanager
blue-throated-hummingbird-6
Blue-throated Hummingbird
bonapartes-gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
botteris-sparrow-madera-canyon-7-15-16-12
Botteri’s Sparrow
bridled-titmouse-mt-lemmon-madera-canyon-7-14-16-10-1
Bridled Titmouse
broad-billed-hummingbird-el-aribabi-7-17-16
Broad-billed Hummingbird
bronzed-cowbird-mt-lemmon-madera-canyon-7-14-16-35
Bronzed Cowbird
buff-throated-saltator
Buff-throated Saltator
burrowing-ps-edit
Burrowing Owl
bushy-crested-jay
Bushy-crested Jay
california-condor-7-20-16-1
California Condor
canada-goose
Canada Goose
canyon-towhee
Canyon Towhee
canyon-wren-7-29-16
Cactus Wren
canyon-wren-wren-el-aribabi-7-17-16-8-1
Canyon Wren
caspian-tern
Caspian Tern
cassins-sparrow-madera-canyon-7-15-16-9-2
Cassin’s Sparrow
chestnut-sided-warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
cinnamon-bellied-flowerpiercer
Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer
clay-colored-thrush
Clay-colored Thrush
collared-aricari
Collared Aricari
common-bush-tanager
Common Bush Tanager
common-ground-dove
Common Ground Dove
common-loon
Common Loon
common-night-hawk-pheasant-branch-5-24-16-jeff-galligan-5
Common Nighthawk
common-potoo
Common Potoo
common-raven
Common Raven
common-tern
Common Tern
common-tody-flycatcher-granada-day-3-6
Common Tody Flycatcher
common-yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat
curve-billed-thrasher
Curve-billed Thrasher
dickcissel
Dickcissel
downy-woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
dunlin-horicon-5-22-16-jeff-galligan-9-1
Dunlin
dusky-capped-flycatcher
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
eastern-meadowlark
Eastern Meadowlark
eastern-phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
eastern-screech-owl
Eastern Screech Owl
elegant-trogan
Elegant Trogan
emerald-toucanette
Emerald Toucanette
emerald-chinned-hummingbird
Emerald-chinned Hummingbird
five-striped-sparrow-el-aribabi-7-17-16-12-1
Five-striped Sparrow
gambels-quail
Gambel’s Quail
gilded-flicker
Gilded Flicker
golden-eagle
Golden Eagle
golden-crowned-kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
golden-fronted-woodpecker
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
golden-hooded-tanager
Golden-hooded Tanager
grasshopper-sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
gray-hawk
Gray Hawk
gray-necked-wood-rail
Gray-necked Wood Rail
great-black-backed-gull
Great Black-backed Gull
greater-pewee
Greater Pewee
greater-prairie-chicken
Greater Prairie Chicken
greater-roadrunner
Greater Roadrunner
greater-scaup
Greater Scaup
great-horned-owl
Great-horned Owl
grovve-billed-ani
Groove-billed Ani
hepatic-tanager
Hepatic Tanager
hoffmans-woodpecker
Hoffman’s Woodpecker
hooded-oriole
Hooded Oriole
hooded-warbler
Hooded Warbler
house-wren
House Wren
inca-dove
Inca Dove
indigo-bunting
Indigo Bunting
ivory-gull
Ivory Gull
ladder-backed-woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
least-grebe
Least Grebe
lesser-goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch
limpkin
Limpkin
little-blue-heron
Little Blue Heron
long-tailed-manakin
Long-tailed Manakin
magnificent-hummingbird
Magnificent Hummingbird
magnolia-warbler-pheasant-branch-5-17-16-jeff-galligan-4
Magnolia Warbler
melodious-blackbird
Melodious Blackbird
mexican-jay-madera-canyon-7-15-16-49
Mexican Jay
montezuma-oropendola
Montezuma Oropendola
mottled-owl
Mottled Owl
mountain-chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
mourning-warbler
Mourning Warbler
nelsons-sparrow-barney-lake-7
Nelson’s Sparrow
northern-cardinal
Northern Cardinal
northern-flicker
Northern Flicker
northern-jacana
Northern Jacana
northern-mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
northern-parula
Northern Parula
northern-waterthrush-pheasant-branch-5-17-16-jeff-galligan-26-9
Northern Waterthrush
olive-warbler-mt-lemmon-madera-canyon-7-14-16-28-4
Olive Warbler
orange-billed-solitary-thrush
Orange-billed Solitary Thrush
orchard-oriole-pheasant-branch-5-21-16-jeff-galligan
Orchard Oriole
pacific-parakeet-3-4
Pacific Parakeet
painted-bunting
Painted Bunting
painted-redstart
Painted Redstart
pale-billed-woodpecker
Pale-billed Woodpecker
palm-warbler
Palm Warbler
phainopepla-ash-canyon-7-15-16
Phainopepla
pine-warbler
Pine Warbler
purple-gallinule
Purple Gallinule
pygmy-nuthatch-flagstaff-mesa-sedona-7-26-16-17-3
Pygmy Nuthatch
pyrrhuloxia
Pyrrhuloxia
red-bellied-woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
red-breasted-nuthatch-9-25-16
Red-breasted Nuthatch
red-crowned-ant-tanager
Red-crowned Ant Tanager
red-eyed-vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
red-faced-warblermt-lemmon-madera-canyon-7-14-16-16
Red-faced Warbler
red-headed-woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker
ring-billed-gull
Ring-billed Gull with a Caspian Tern
rose-breasted-grosbeak
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
rosy-faced-lovebird
Rosy-faced Lovebirds
ruby-crowned-kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
ruby-throated-hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
ruddy-ground-dove-kiwanis-park-gilbert-water-ranch-7-13-16-7
Ruddy Ground-Dove
rufous-browed-peppershrike
Rufous-browed Peppershrike
rufous-crowned-sparrow-el-aribabi-5
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
rufous-naped-wren
Rufous-naped Wren
rufous-tailed-hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
rusty-sparrow
Rusty Sparrow
savannah-sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
scarlet-tanager
Scarlet Tanager
scarlet-collared-tanager
Scarlet-collared Tanager
scrub-euphonia
Scrub Euphonia
sedge-wren
Sedge Wren
short-billed-dowitcher
Short-billed Dowitcher
slate-colored-junco
Slate-colored Junco
snail-kite
Snail Kite
song-sparrow
Song Sparrow
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Spotted Sandpiper
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Spotted Towhee
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Squirrel Cuckoo
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Stellar’s Jay
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Streak-backed Oriole
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Stripe-headed Sparrow
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Summer Tanager
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Swamp Sparrow
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Tennessee Warbler
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Thayer’s Gull
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Tree Swallows
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Tufted Titmouse
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Tundra Swans
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Turquoise-browed Motmot
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Verdin
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Vermillion Flycatcher
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Vermillion Flycatcher
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Violet Sabrewing
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Violet-crowned Hummingbird
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Red-tailed Hawk (Western)
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Western Wood Pewee
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White-breasted Nuthatch
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White-eyed Vireo
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White-throated Magpie-Jay
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White-winged Dove being chased by a Bonaparte’s Gull
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Whooping Crane
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Willow Flycatcher
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Wilson’s Snipe
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Wilson’s Warbler
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Winter Warbler
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Wood Duck
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Wood Thrush
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Woodhouse’s Jay
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Yellow Warbler
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Yellow-billed Cuckoo
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Yellow-eyed Junco
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Yellow-rumped Warbler
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Yellow-throated Vireo

Black-legged Kittiwake

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I made the trip to Green Bay, Wisconsin during a snow storm on Sunday December 11th to see the Green Bay Packers play the Seattle Seahawks. In a nice case of perfect timing, a first-year Black-legged Kittiwake was reported at the mouth of the Fox River (only five miles from Lambeau field!) the day before. Needless to say, I left an hour earlier than I had planned to so that I could try for this rare visitor from the arctic north.

It took me about five minutes to locate this beauty once I arrived as it was very close to the shore and would fly right over my head as it searched for fish. Despite dozens of ring-billed gulls in the area as well, the kittiwake really stood out with its distinctive “M” pattern on the back of its wings.

Following are some of the images I was able to capture of the Black-legged Kittiwake, a Common Merganser and a Ring-billed Gull in the snow storm.

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A Common Merganser takes flight over Lake Michigan
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A Ring-billed Gull with a fish

 

Loons of Lake Monona

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I have been absent from birding and photography for the last couple of months as I was in the process of purchasing a house, moving and getting settled. I was finally able to get over to the convention center and photograph several migrating Common Loons as they hunted right at the steep drop-off that is just offshore.   I seem to always get much better pictures when they are in their rather drab non-breeding plumage but they are still great birds to interact with. Below are several of the images I took.

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The Southwest: Arizona, Mexico, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado

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Horseshoe Bend near Paige, Arizona

I was able to go out to the Southwest (and Northern Mexico) for 17 days during the latter half of July to do some birding and landscape photography. I began the trip spending six days with Gordon Karre seeing a lot of Southwestern Arizona and at Rancho el Aribabi in Northern Mexico. We spent two days in Madera Canyon, during which we also saw Miller Canyon, Ash Canyon and spent time on Mt. Lemmon with Chris Rohrer. During the trip from Madera Canyon to Miller Canyon we saw a Bobcat (my first ever) cross the road in front of the car. Then, while walking up Miller Canyon in pursuit of a Mexican Spotted Owl, I saw a Mountain Lion walking parallel to us just above us in the canyon and about 70 feet away! When it realized I had spotted it, it nonchalantly loped away. I was definitely very excited to see my first Mountain Lion but would be lying if I did not say I did look behind myself much more frequently during the remainder of the hike.

Gordon and I then sent over to the Chiricahua Mountains to look for some specialty birds, including the Mexican Chickadee which, in the United States, can only be found at high altitude in the Chiracahua Mountains in Arizona and the Animas Mountains in New Mexico. After a very difficult ascension to the very top of the Chiracahua’s, we were able to briefly spot two of these birds, which, becasue of the difficulty of accessing their territory, made them one of the absolute highlights of this trip for me.

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Chris, myself, and Gordon at the top of Mt. Lemmon after seeing Olive Warblers

 

Days 1-6:  The Phoenix Valley area and Southwestern Arizona

Yellow-eyed Junco

Juvenile Yellow-eyed Junco (note the dark iris)

Sonora Mountain Kingsnae
Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake
Painted
Painted Redstart
Curve-billed
Curve-billed Thrasher

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Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard

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Yarrow’s Spiny Lizard

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Western Kingbird

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Verdin
Juvenile Verdin
Toad
Woodhouse’s TodToad
Stellar's Jay
Stellar’s Jay… bird that I have never been able to photograph adequately until this trip!
Southwestern Fence Lizard
Southwestern Fence Lizard
Saguaro
A Saguaro Cactus with Four Peaks in the background
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Rosy-faced Lovebirds at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, Arizona. This bird can only be counted per the American Birding Association in the Phoenix area where they have established a thriving community of approximately 6,000 birds in a hot, dry, arid  environment that resembles their native African habitat
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More Rosy-faced Lovebirds
Red-faced Warbler
Red-faced Warbler…my new favorite!
Olive Warbler
A juvenile Olive Warbler. Another bird we had to get above 9,000 feet to see.
Mourning Dove
A Mourning warbler nesting in a Saguaro Cactus
Magnificent Hummingbird
Magnificent Hummingbird
Juvenile Western Red-tailed Hawk
Juvenile Western Red-tailed Hawk. These are so different then those found in the Midwest that it really seemed I was seeing a whole different species. One of my favorite captures of the trip
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Great-tailed Grackle in 110 degree heat
House Finch
House Finch
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Northern Mockingbird trying to cool off
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Elf Owlet. These are the worlds smallest owl and are only sparrow sized.
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Female Hepatic Tanager
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Red-faced Warbler
Golden Eagle
Second-year Golden Eagle. We had stopped the car to get a better look at what turned out to be Swainson’s Hawk and this eagle flew right by. Sometimes it’s all about the timing.
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Adult Yellow-eyed Junco (note the yellow iris)

Adult

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Giant Mesquite Bug. Man, was this thin huge, almost two inches long  and needing to file a flight plan when it flew!
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Wild Horse
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Gilded Flicker
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Mexican Amberwing
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Gilded Flicker
Male Widow Skimmer
Male Widow Skimmer
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Phainopepla
Dusky Roadside Skipper
Dusky Roadside Skipper
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Pronghorn. The second fastest land animal in the world after the Cheetah, the Pronghorn is able to run 55 miles per hour for short bursts or half that speed for miles.

 

Roadrunner
Greater Roadrunner drying in the 110 degree weather after a bath
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Greater Roadrunner

 

Cordilleran Flycatcher
Cordilleran Flycatcher
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Clark’s Spiny Lizard
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Clark’s Spiny Lizard
Clark's Spiny Lizard
Clark’s Spiny Lizard
Checkered White
Checkered White
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Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl
Cactus Wren
Cactus Wren
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Broad-billed Hummingbird
Botteri's Sparrow
Botteri’s Sparrow
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The elusive Cassin’s Sparrow
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Black-throated Gray Warbler
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Black-headed Grosbeak
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Cactus Wren
Arizona Woodpecker
Arizona Woodpecker
Black-headed Grosbeak
Female Black-headed Grosbeak feeding her fledgling