Anhinga! One of America’s Most Overlooked Birds

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Anhinga! One of America’s Most Overlooked Birds

The anhinga is one of the most strange, beautiful and ancient birds of The Gulf Coast region of the Southeastern United States. When North America was split in half roughly 100 to 40 million years ago by a great inland sea called the Western Interior Seaway ( <— interesting maps and stuff – check out the link!) it was

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The Prairie Falcon in Flight!

I’m adding this set of photos a few months after I made them in California because I just wasn’t positively sure what exactly species I was looking at until a very experienced birder friend of mine on Facebook pointed out all the reasons that this is a prairie falcon. I hadn’t even heard of this species until

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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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Three Little Birds, Four New Photos

Rise up this mornin’, Smiled with the risin’ sun, Three little birds Each by my doorstep Singin’ sweet songs Of melodies pure and true, Saying’, (“This is my message to you”) ~ Bob Marley Just a quick post for today…. three very recent bird photos from my travels around the Pacific Northwest.  Click any image to

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A Bird is Three Things: Feathers, Flight and Song

A quick post for today, and a trio of brand new photos of some of North America’s most beautiful coastal birds. Click on any image to enlarge. A roseate spoonbill wades through a salty mangrove marsh on Sanibel Island, Florida on a late winter morning in search of the crustaceans that give its vibrant pink color.

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New Monthly Feature for 2014: Interesting Nature Facts from a Master Naturalist

Interesting Nature Facts – It’s a brand new section on the website that I will be actively growing and rotating on a regular basis. As I near graduation in my Master Naturalist training and certification, the sheer amount of new information about the nature and wildlife I photograph and see every day and thought I already knew is getting backed

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Mexican Jay

This was my first close-up encounter Southeastern Arizona corvids as I was photographing wildflowers in the Chiricahua Mountains when I ran into this  Mexican jay (Aphelocoma wollweberi). These extremely smart relatives to magpies, crows and ravens are either very camera-shy or are flagrant show-offs. Not only are they one of the most intelligent and resourceful families of

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