Rufous-Winged Sparrow Cutout

The Rufous-Winged Sparrow inhabits desert grasslands scattered with thorn bushes, bunch grasses, mesquite, or cholla. I first met this bird in 2004 at Parker Canyon Lake and at again in Gardner Canyon, but the images I gathered on that excursion into southern Arizona were sub-standard. I had this sparrow on my radar for my October … Read more

Cassin’s Sparrow Cutout

The Cassin’s Sparrow is a year-round resident in southeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, most of Texas’s western sections and much of Mexico. They prefer arid brushy grasslands. In the breeding season, the males perform an aerial display called “Skylarking”, where they fly to great heights and float down on stiffened wings, singing the whole time. … 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

The Cienega at Arivaca

2016-03-25 and 26 Friday and Saturday Part of the Buenos Aires NWR, the cienega at Arivaca has been a favorite birding location of mine for more than a dozen years. I first visited this location in August 2003. New to birding and bird photography, I was lucky enough to meet the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo during this visit. The … 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

2015-10-26 Tubac Arizona

From Sierra Vista I set my sights on the Santa Cruz River Valley. The path most scenic took me through Patagonia, a town well known to birders. I’ve passed this way in the past, but not given it the time it deserves. This trip would not be different. At the southwestern end of town, at … Read more