Interesting Nature Facts #41 – Chihuahuan Raven

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Interesting Nature Facts #41 – Chihuahuan Raven

Chihuahuan Raven! Welcome to the next installment of a new series of nature photos that will be short & sweet, and all about the native and naturalized wildlife that is all around us with just one or two interesting nature facts that you might not know about. If you want to find out even more,

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Black-tailed Gnatcatcher – Loudmouth of the Sonoran Desert

This male black-tailed gnatcatcher and his mate weren’t very happy when I peered out of my tent in the bright Sonoran Desert morning in the Ajo Mountains of Southern Arizona’s Pima County. I was scolded almost the entire time as I packed up my camera equipment and gear, but not until I got this shot

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Surf Scoters – My Favorite Pacific Sea Duck!

Very recently I was taking a “day off” (inside joke for those who know me personally – I work in some capacity nearly every day of the year) on a scouting trip for future photography trips in the Olympic National Forest. Near the Skokomish Indian Reservation, I stopped at the southern end of the Hood Canal looking

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Black-necked Stilts

Quick post for today. I’ve been sitting on this photo of a trio of black-necked stilts for a while because I saw something in it, but it just didn’t look right. Then I had one of those “a-ha!” moments and cropped it from a horizontal “landscape” orientation to a vertical “portrait” position. Much better. ~

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Marbled Godwits in Los Angeles!

Large for a sandpiper, and of the four species of godwits in the world, marbled godwits are the biggest. This beautiful cinnamon-mottled shorebird breeds in the central North America’s Great Plains (Alberta, the Dakotas, Montana, Minnesota and Nebraska) and travels to the coasts to winter where it can be found foraging for insects and crustaceans along

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The Sparrow and the Hummingbird

Yesterday I was in Bellevue, Washington working as a Master Naturalist in an area where I work frequently pulling out invasive bindweed and blackberry plants to make room for native species, and I brought my camera along with me. Unusually sunny and bright for such a wet and rainy climate, the wetlands where I was

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Chiripa! The Chihuahuan Raven Seen in Arizona!

One of the many pleasure on my last visit to Southern Arizona was seeing the Chihuahuan raven in its natural habitat. I didn’t even have to go look for it, this one found me and watched me for about 30 minutes! Slightly smaller than other raven species found around the world and about the size

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Birds of Los Angeles, California: Brandt’s Cormorant!

New photos! Recently passing through LA, I had a bit of time for a quick stop at the beach to check out the local shorebirds….. Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) Cormorants (family Phalacrocoracidae) are medium to large fish-eating waterbirds found throughout most of the world. Because their feathers do not repel water or aid in buoyancy as

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