Next up the elusive Green Heron. Obviously, not quite so
elusive at Sweetwater Wetlands where the following two photos were
Next up, the Great Egret. The first photo was taken at
Sweetwater Wetlands. The Second photo from Agua Caliente Regional
Park in Tucson:
Welcome Barbados! Barbados is now the 128th country to visit
this blog. How nice!
Now, continuing my series on Birds with Fish, we come to the Great
Blue Heron. While not the best photo (the weed bed is too
distracting), here is a Great Blue Heron with an enormous fish. How
he got that down is beyond me -- but he did:
A curious bird is the Pelican
His beak can hold more than his belly can
He can take in his beak, enough food for a week
And I'm darned if I know how the helican.
Here's a Brown Pelican taking in a fish from Lakeside Park in
Up next in the series, the Black Crowned Night Heron. Lakeside
Park is probably the most reliable place in Southern Arizona to
find the BCNH.
Here a Black Crowned Night Heron decides to show me his
|Black Crowned Night Heron
Back on April 29th I started a series on Birds with Fish
(having just completed a series on Birds Eating Bugs). That series
was interrupted by several birding trips yielding good photos. Now,
it's June 13th, no more scheduled birding trips for another 10
days, so I'll try to finish the Birds with Fish series.
Today's photo comes from the Skagit River in the Washington
State Cascade Mountains. The Skagit River is a favorite spawning
ground for King (Chinook), Red (Sockeye), Silver (Coho), Pink
(Humpy), and Chum (Dog) salmon. It is also a major spawning ground
for Steelhead Trout.
With such a feast available, it is a favorite dining spot for
Bald Eagles. Between November and January, 500-600 Bald Eagles live
along its banks, feeding on the salmon once the salmon die.
Here is an adult Bald Eagle sitting on a 30ish pound salmon
(probably a King).
|Bald Eagle with Salmon on Skagit River, Washington
Madera Canyon is well known, well birded, well hiked, and well
picnicked. Just prior to getting to Madera Canyon there is turn-off
on to a dirt road that goes about three miles into Florida Canyon.
Florida canyon, though not as big, not as many trails often gets
birds that Madera Canyon doesn't -- or at least not on a regular
basis. Rufous Capped Warblers live year round in Florida Canyon but
have never been reported in Madera Canyon which is less than a mile
away as the crow (or warble) flies. Black Capped Gnatcatchers are
also often present in Florida Canyon.
A trip through Box Canyon to both Florida Canyon and Madera
Canyon produced some nice results last week:
|Black Headed Grosbeak Male
And just a few more photos from the
usually productive Agua Caliente here in Tucson.
|Anna's Hummingbird Female
|Lucy's Warbler Showing Distinctive Crown Patch
|Vermillion Flycatcher Male
One of the most reliable places to find the gorgeous
Vermillion Flycatcher is Agua Caliente. They are just always
present. Here are a few photos taken this past week at Agua
Caliente of this beautiful photographable bird:
More from my birding Agua
|Broad Billed Hummingbird drinking from Flowering Cholla
|Roadrunner with Desert Spiny Lizard