Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bird Images 2010


Today's picture of the day (of two Royal Terns), is to dedicated to my wife Ellie as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bird Images 2010


This Sandpiper is wondering when the tide came in.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Bird Images 2010




Here is an Eared Grebe in winter-plumage.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bird Images 2010


This Black-crowned Night-Heron is a heavy-bodied heron with relatively short, thick legs and bill. Roosts in groups in trees during the day and usually forages at night, using large red eyes to see prey; sometimes feeds by day. That is when I shot this rare daytime picture.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bird Images 2010


Commonly called a Blue Jay this Scrub Jay Aphelocoma coerulescens is one of my favorite birds. It is a sociable bird, noisy and conspicuous. If you ever feed one some peanuts they will forever hound you for more.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bird Images 2010


The Brown Towhee is a furtive, nondescript towhee of uniform color. Fond of dense cover and low shrubs. While foraging, often heard scratching in leaves under bushes.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Bird Images 2010


The Green-winged Teal is the smallest dabbling duck, found in shallow marshes and ponds, mudflats, and flooded fields. Here is one trying to hide from me.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Bird Images 2010


Here we have a Greater Scaup couple out for a paddle on the Lagoon.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bird Images 2010


It's meal time for this Mallard Duck couple.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bird Series 2010


It's nap time for these American Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber). Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath the body. The reason for this behavior is not fully understood. Some suggest that the flamingo, like some other animals, has the ability to have half of its body go into a state of sleep, and when one side is rested, the flamingo will swap leg and then let the other half sleep.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Bird Series 2010


I never get tired of shooting Snowy Egrets. It often forages actively in shallow water where it puts to good use its daggerlike black bill.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bird Series 2010


The Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus, is a South American penguin, breeding in coastal Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands, with some migrating to Brazil. Magellanic Penguins are medium-sized penguins which grow to be 24-30 inches tall and weigh between 6-14 lbs. Adults have black backs and white stomachs. There are two black bands between the head and the breast, with the lower band being in an inverted horseshoe shape. The head is black and has a broad white border running from behind the eye, around the black ear-coverts and chin, and joining on the throat. Magellanic Penguins feed in the water, preying on cuttlefish, sardines, squid, krill, and other crustaceans. Since they ingest sea water with their prey, a salt-excreting gland has evolved to filter out the salt. Ornithological lessen over - These two look cute.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bird Series 2010


Here is an Anna's Hummingbird showing off his tongue.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Bird Series 2010


This Anna's Hummingbird is exercising his wings.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Bird Series 2010


Instead of splendor in the grass, it's splendor on the patio, for this Anna's Hummingbird couple.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bird Series 2010


Here is an Anna's Hummingbird coming in for a landing.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bird Series 2010


Here is the baby Northern Mockingbird waiting for his meal to be delivered.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bird Series 2010


Today I will start a new series of birds. The Northern Mockingbird is a common, active, conspicuous bird of open, shrubby places, especially in suburban areas. Sings its loud, clear, complicated songs almost all year round, even at night in spring and summer. Here is one of the hard working parents bringing home the bacon (grubs) to feed the hatchlings.