B.Y.O.B. Bring Your Own Breakfast ...
One lovely morning while having breakfast out on the portal, a small flock of busy little Bushtits flew into the bush directly in front of our table. Joining us, his meal was as long as he is. Glad I'm not a bird! Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) Bush (Caesalpinia gilliesii)
Only the ever elegant Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) could turn an ordinary tummy scratch into a work of art
Rufous Hummingbird, Selasphorus rufus, Small, fast, noisy, aggressive, adorable, and beautiful. Definitely one of natures gems.
My-na Perch, not yours!
This charming little Dove made such a lovely still life with her nest, I just couldn't resist sharing it : ) She even came up with the Title Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
I "sea" your Petticoat!
First BLAST of Winter!
Playing Chicken !
Right before sunrise the Lesser Prairie Chickens begin to call, breaking the still of the desert night air. As the light increases several small "bushes" begin to move around. When the sun breaks over the horizon, the males are in full swing, dancing, displaying and flaunting their fabulous feathery prowess for a lucky few hens and a few crazy humans who venture out into the desert in the darkness just to witness this amazing courtship ritual. (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus)
I found this White-Throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) by it's beautiful Spring song … except those last couple of notes .. they were a little flat….
Sun Sand Surf ... Need Summer!
This Sandpiper has the right idea! Winter has had it's turn; with it's even underlighting, reflective qualities and superb graphic abstract whiteness. It's time for the Ss ... Spring and Summer!!! Birds. Flowers, Intense and overwhelming greens ... the heat and colors in yellow sunlight. Yes, it's another cold dreary day, how did you know? : )
As the Crane Flies -->
with Flare and Panache
Snip! --- Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) is one of my favorites (of course, all birds are ... ) but it's exotic tail feathers and touches of magenta and pink on that soft grey ... it's just a lovely species : )
Feelin' Crabby ...
Wind and Feathers
Just Larking around ...
Western Meadow Larks
Lark (Sparrow) Landing Lightly
Tempting Fate ...
Fast and Feisty !!!
a Mid-Air "Discussion"
To the South!
That's Road ... Runner, not Stop and Stare!!!
No Reflection ?!
There are many Snows photographed reflecting in their habitat, mine miss-placed his ...
I'm not sure what this male Gambel's Quail is doing kicking up all that dust. Perhaps a seed search, looking for small stones for his gizzard, just likes to dance or he "mite" have another reason
On Reflection ... Looking Good!
Sandhill Cranes wintering over
Pink Wings! --- Black Rosy-Finch (Leucosticte atrata)
Black Rosy-finch (Leucosticte atrata) One of three species of Rosy-Finch, Hardy little birds also known as "winter finches or refrigerator finches". All three species flock together and "winter" in what maybe warm and balmy weather to them at the 10,000 foot Sandia Crest, but to me it was a three hat three jacket kind of day! Sandia Crest, New Mexico is one of the few places where all three (Black, Gray-crowned and Brown-capped) Rosy-finches can be seen together. Don't forget your mittens!
Abe, the Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
This little sparrow stopped by for a portrait on his way through the desert (Melospiza lincolnii)
You're not Mom!
That is an expression that says it all, nervous, worried, defiant and bold. What a great little bird. I didn't stay long ... Mom was waiting in the "wings" ~ American Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
This little hummer as quite a job ahead, these Bird of Paradise flowers are deep! (Caesalpinia gilliesii)
Mustachio-ed Machismo & Magnificent
It's as if he knew to strike this pose! Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus), Red-Shafted, male
Peli on the Deep Blue Sea
The magnificently gawky, ungainly, graceful and elegant pelican! (Pelecanus occidentals)
Smart, Bold, what a character! He may not be much to look at (unless perhaps to a Lady Curve-Billed Thrasher), but his complicated joyous song is amazing !
Gross! So much for the Early Worm
I was lucky enough to happen upon this endearing American Robin family in a tree at eye level. I spent way too long photographing and watching them in this beautiful setting. It was a lovely way to spend a Spring morning ... well, except for those worms ...
I Spy an Orange Eye
"I Spy an Orange Eye." My personal Curved-Bill Thrasher Sitting in a Chamisa. Not much to look at, but his song is spectacular