The Azure Gate Bed & Breakfast

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

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

Wilson's Phalarope 19 Oct 2014, 6:41 am

Here is a Wilson's Phalarope in breeding plumage. The photo was taken at Lake Cochise in Southeast Arizona. It's fun to watch these little sandpipers because they are constantly "spinning" around like a top stirring up insects from the bottom of the pond or lake.


Wilson's Phalarope

Willet 18 Oct 2014, 6:35 am

Next up, a Willet photo taken in Humboldt Bay, California. How lucky was this. He flew right in front of me while I was looking through my camera lens? A rare opportunity:

Willet

Wildflowers - II 17 Oct 2014, 6:32 am

Continuing with my alphabetical series on my "5" Star Photos we come to a second wildflower photo. I like the simplicity of this one which almost stands out in 3D because of the muted background:

Wildflowers

Wildflowers and Grasses 16 Oct 2014, 6:30 am

As I've mentioned before, sometimes when searching for particular animals or birds and not having much luck, I look for other photo opportunities. Such was the case on Mount Lemmon one day when I couldn't pass up this beautiful photo of grasses and wildflowers:

Wildflowers and Grasses

Wild Turkey 15 Oct 2014, 7:22 am

Here's a "'5" Star Wild Turkey photo. Two males showing off, not just for the females, but for an audience as well. This photo was taken in Madera Canyon, probably the most reliable place in Southern Arizona for finding Wild Turkeys:

Wild Turkey

 
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