The Azure Gate Bed & Breakfast

9351 E. Morrill Way, Tucson, Arizona 85749
Innkeeper(s): Dennis & Christine Widman

Yellow Warbler - I 31 Oct 2014, 11:51 am

Getting close to the end of my alphabetical listing of my "5" Star Photos we come to the Yellow Warbler. This first photo was taken near the spring in Empire Gulch, Las Cienegas National Conservation Area in Southern Arizona.

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler - III 30 Oct 2014, 11:49 am

And, now a third Yellow Rumped Warbler bathing in a creek in Huachucha Canyon, Huachucha Mountains, Southern Arizona:

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler - II 29 Oct 2014, 11:47 am

Here is another Yellow Rumped Warbler, this one taken in Ash Canyon, in the Huachucha Mountains of Southern Arizona:

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler - I 28 Oct 2014, 11:46 am

The Yellow Rumped warbler is found throughout North American and one of the more often seen of the Warblers.

I've been lucky to get close for some wonderful photos. Here is one taken near Joshua Tree National Monument in California:

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Breasted Chat at Empire Gulch 27 Oct 2014, 11:41 am

Continuing with my series on my "5" Star Photos we come to the Yellow Breasted Chat. I was sitting next to a tree -- trying to blend in -- overlooking the spring at Empire Gulch, Las Cienegas National Conservation Area in Southern Arizona. I could see that a bird flew down to the water and bathed. However, I couldn't get a good look. But, taking my own advice, I sat still hoping that he would present himself to me. And that he did! He flew up on a dead tree branch to dry out. Lots of photos. Here is the one I selected as a "5":

Yellow Breasted Chat

Wood Duck - III Not quite 5 Stars 24 Oct 2014, 7:03 am

Here is an example of a photo that would have been "5" Stars had it turned out clearer. It was an early photo, early 1990's, with a cheap camera.  I like it because it shows a group of male and female Wood Ducks sitting on a downed branch over a pond nearly McNary Dam in Northeast Oregon, just below the Columbia River. Wish it had turned out better. I have found many Wood Ducks since and taken some nice photos of them, but never come across something like this one again. Such it is with Wildlife photography.

Male and Female Wood Ducks

Wood Duck - II 23 Oct 2014, 6:52 am

Here's another "5" Star Wood Duck photo taken on a pond at Fort Lowell Park in Tucson:

Wood Duck

Wood Duck - I 22 Oct 2014, 6:51 am

Next up, the Wood Duck. The WD is an uncommon duck usually found on sheltered ponds or swamps where there are ample trees and vegetation. Unlike other ducks it nests in tree cavities. This photo comes from Christopher Columbus Lake in Tucson and shows its breeding plumage:

Wood Duck

Wilson's Warbler - II 21 Oct 2014, 6:47 am

And another Wilson's Warbler, this one taken on Mount Lemmon:

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson's Warbler 20 Oct 2014, 6:45 am

On to the Wilson's Warbler commonly found in the Western United States (occasionally in the east). This photo was taken in Huachuca Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains of Southeast Arizona. Very cute little guy who looks like he's wearing a little black cap:

Wilson's Warbler

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