The Prairie Falcon in Flight!

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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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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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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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Colorado Desert Wildflowers

Quick post today from a even shorter stop just outside of Mecca, California in the dry and arid Colorado Desert where I found some very beautiful trees in flower and an interesting flowering bush that brings in loads of hummingbirds! Blue Palo Verde with Beans This unusual tree found in California, Nevada, Arizona and parts of Mexico

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California Sea Lion Yearling

A few weeks ago I flew into Los Angeles, California to start my 2015 southwestern nature photography trip, and within 20 minutes of being released into the wild I stumbled into this yearling California sea lion. I could tell instantly that something was not right. It was too bony, seemed a little lethargic and wasn’t terribly concerned about me

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Leapin’ Lizards! Updates!

Quick post today to announce a small but important update to the North American Nature Photography galleries. Over the past decade, I’ve been collecting so many new images of native lizards in their natural environments all over the continent, that I have expanded the single lizard gallery into five (same as I did last year

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Rugged Beauty of the Pacific Northwest Coast

It’s been a whole month since I last did a post, and as I just expressed in my August 2014 monthly newsletter I just sent out today (you should subscribe!) I’ve been in my typical month-long hiatus that occurs every four years when the World Cup happens. Then I had family in town…… In a nutshell

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