2017-05-05 Best of Arizona

I spent from 2017-04-22 through 2017-05-04 touring some great bird locations in Arizona. The places I was able to visit during this time were Agua Caliente Park, Sabino Canyon, Mount Lemmon, Florida Canyon, Madera Canyon and  two places in Arivaca (Day 1 and Day 2). I do not feel I got everything I could from any … Read more

2017-04-24 Agua Caliente Park

I spent the entire day yesterday at Agua Caliente Park in northeast Tucson. I visited this place in years past and found it to be very productive for getting bird pictures. I arrived early in the morning and found some birds very shy and difficult to photograph. But my luck changed after speaking with a … Read more

Pyrrhuloxia Cutout

  Two years ago I embarked on a mission to produce bird images with all or most of the background removed. I called them “Cutouts”. Just about a year ago I finished producing at least a sampling of all the birds in my collection. Some of the produced images worked well, while some were less … Read more

2015-10-29 Arivaca Arizona

Arivaca is a small community in south-central Arizona with an estimated population of 900~1000 citizens. There is a watershed of 45 square miles that drains out on Arivaca Creek. The subterranean geology brings the underground stream near the surface and an unexpected marsh (cienega) with giant cottonwood trees rising from the arid landscape. A dozen … Read more

2015-10-22 “Common” Tucson Birds

One positive that came out of having my transportation down was that I could spend quality time with the birds around my cousin’s abode. It’s likely that many locals here might have little interest in the resident bird population, but I see these as very interesting subjects. What is “common” to one person, might be exotic … Read more

2015-04-28 Bill Williams NWR

The Bill Williams NWR is recognized “as a birding area of global importance”. There are many birds that breed in the habitats there, some of which are threatened or endangered. I found it a great place to birdwatch, but a bit frustrating to bird photograph, due to the dense growth of willow, mesquite, cottonwood and … Read more