Scenic & Wildlife

Scenic and wildlife images, principally of the Sonoran Desert area of the Southwest, in and around Arizona.
(Click Pictures To Enlarge)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Mockingbird buddy checking out my garage door opener this morning

Mockingbird in my garage

It would seem that my resident Mockingbird has decided that my garage is now his. I had set up my tripod to take some shots of them and the male swooped into the garage, landed on the spoiler of my car and then took up a position on top of the tripod. He seemed to like it as he stayed there for about 5 minutes!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Northern Mockingbirds
My two Mockingbirds making sure I'm keeping a proper distance away from their new nest so they won't have to go to the trouble of dive bombing me today! These guys are funny, since they don't have eggs yet!
Taken with Thunderbolt Android.

Monday, May 28, 2012

My wife, Greg Murray and I ended up spending 2 & 1/2 - 3 hours this morning at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve. What a wonderful place and so very well done. I think all cities should attempt to do something similar for their water reclamation!


Heading out today to the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert, AZ with my wife and a photo buddy and . Supposed to be tons of birds all over the place there. I guess I'll have some posting to do if there are!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Leaving Home

Since I first photographed my Red-tailed Hawk with her eggs on April 11th, I have watched them grow and mature till Sunday 5/13/2012 when I saw that one had already left the nest and struck out on their own. The remaining fledgling looked to be seriously wondering if he too could fly since his nest buddy was now gone. I wish the two of them luck and happy hunting.
Mom & Eggs 4/11/2012

Last Time Together 5/11/2012

Last One in the Nest 5/13/2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fledgling Red-tailed Hawk
Young Red-tailed Hawk playing peek-a-boo with me through the grating of the freeway exit sign catwalk.
Two fledgling Red-tailed Hawks trying to decide if they can or should try to fly from the safety of their nesting area high above U.S. 60 freeway on the catwalk of the exit sign.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Jerome, Arizona

It seems half of the town is in a state of ruin while the other half is in a state of restoration, but still it's a great little town, with a lot of history and fun to explore!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Jerome, Arizona Traffic Mirror
This traffic mirror is one of several along the winding, twisting roads in this former mining town perched high on Mingus Mountain in Arizona. The distortion was such that it actually makes it appear I have hair on the top of my head! I need this mirror!

Traffic Mirror

Sunday, May 6, 2012

I did two shots of the "Super Moon" last night and this morning. The moon last night had risen into fairly thick cloud coverage and I really couldn't get a decent shot of it till it was well above the horizon, so it was really hard to distinguish it from any other moon without something on the horizon to judge the size, but as it was setting this morning there were clear skies and trees in the foreground, so that made for the better shot. The morning sun also provided some colorization to the moon.
Last Night's Super Moon 5/5/2012

This Morning's Super Moon 5/6/2012

Did another Sunday shoot of the Red-tailed Hawk fledglings this morning. I think I may just possibly get one more Sunday round with them before they fly the nest. They are growing up incredibly fast!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

It seems if you don't carry your camera with you most everywhere you are taking a chance on missing that "once in a lifetime" shot. Earlier on the day I shot this I was sitting on my patio swing and my little female Jack Russell was laying on a blanket in front of me under our hummingbird feeder. A hummingbird stopped at the feeder and apparently curious about this creature laying under the feeder dropped down and hoovered directly in front of her only about 1 foot away and maybe 8 inches above her. It hung there for several seconds and for some reason the dog just watched it. That in itself surprised me, as Molly likes nothing better than to try catching every bird she sees, but she just lay there watching the bird till it left.
The whole point of this post is that this would have made an extremely cool shot, but my camera was in my office, about 15 feet away and I missed a great shot because it was!  On the other hand, if it hadn't been for missing that shot, I probably wouldn't have had my camera with me to get this shot!
Fly Me To The Moon

Two fledgling pigeons playing peek-a-boo with me while I was 

trying to photograph them.