Posts tagged - Wildlife

AZ Republic Weather Photo 10/02/2015 Burrowing Owls

10/02/2015

AZ Republic Weather Photo – Burrowing Owls

My “Two Owls On A Rock” photo was printed in today’s Arizona Republic newspaper.  The image was captured from a rural farm in Goodyear on August 29th 2015 at 6:30 AM. Below is a link to the complete Arizona Republic Weather Photo Gallery.

AZ Weather Photo Gallery

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Below is a higher resolution version  (photo info: 500 mm, 1/200 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

AZ Republic Weather Photo 10/02/2015 Burrowing Owls

 

 

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Arizona Republic Weather Photo 01/31/2015 Harris Hawk

01/31/2015 – Harris Hawk

Arizona Republic Weather Photo

My “Feather Tips” photo was printed in Today’s Arizona Republic newspaper.  The image is from Litchfield Park. Below is a link to the complete Arizona Republic Weather Photo Gallery.

AZ Weather Photo Gallery

Feather Tips - Arizona Republic Weather Photo 01/31/2015 - Harris Hawk post

Below is a higher resolution version  (photo info: 500mm, 1/2000 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

Feather Tips - Arizona Republic Weather Photo 01/31/2015 - Harris Hawk post

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Arizona Sonora Desert Museum – Photo Trip

02/23/2014

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

We have been wanting to go back to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum for awhile. Last time we were there was in 2012. It was kind of a last minute decision, we had a rental car and decided to put some miles on it. Ended up leaving around 7:00 am, after our quick stop at Starbucks.

Before arriving at the ticket window we were greeted by a magnificent hawk, allowing the close-up capture below (photo info: 500mm, 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

Raptor Detail - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

A greeter for the Desert Museum.

We decided to get the family annual pass ($75) instead of purchasing two tickets ($39 for two). For Mr. Jimmy it would have only been $17.50 (Seniors). 🙂

Raptor Free Flight – 10:00 am

Each day at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm (thru April 14th this year) they have a Raptor Free Flight live animal presentation. They feature different birds during each show. Below is a Peregrine Falcon from the morning show (photo info: 500mm, 1/2000 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

Strike A Peregrine Pose - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

The Peregrine Falcon posing for the photographer

Hummingbird Aviary

You can’t miss the Hummingbird Aviary while you are at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum! Below is very up close capture (photo info: 90mm macro, 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

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A macro shot from the Hummingbird Aviary

Below is a short video of the hummingbird above.

Raptor Free Flight – 2:00 pm

Below is a Peregrine Falcon from the afternoon show (photo info: 500mm, 1/2000 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

Harris Hawk Soaring - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

The Raptor Free Flight from a different view point

 

More Than A Few Photos

Below is a slideshow of several more photos from our trip.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Map

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post on our trip to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Adios!

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Osprey – Wildlife Photography

11/09/2013 – 11/15/2013

Osprey

Well, it all started when we were taking a drive to check-out some of the Burrowing Owls in the West Valley. On the way there we spotted a large bird on top of a power pole. After turning around, we discovered it was a hawk. Got a couple of shots off before it took off. The lucky part was while we were following the hawk, we then spotted another large bird, which we latter found out was a Osprey. Osprey are also known as sea hawks, fish eagles or fish hawks. They are a fish-eating bird of prey. Our Osprey was located on a pole just above a water canal.

The Guardian

In many Native American tribes the Osprey is considered a type of eagle. Osprey are sometimes seen as guardians in traditional legends. Seeing one is sometimes considered to be a warning of danger to come (photo info: 500mm, 1/1600 sec, f/8, ISO 200).

The Guardian - Osprey post

Wings Of The Raptor

Osprey are one of the larger raptors, reaching more than 71 inches (180 cm) across the wings (photo info: 500mm, 1/1600 sec, f/8, ISO 200).

Wings Of The Raptor - Osprey post

Praying For Fish

The title for this photo is actually Talon Tied, but I think the title above is better. It came from a comment by Larry Pollock (photo info: 500mm, 1/1600 sec, f/8, ISO 200). Osprey and owls are the only raptors whose outer toe is reversible, allowing them to grasp their prey with two toes in front and two behind.

Talon Tied - Osprey post

A Few More Photos

Below is a slideshow of several more Osprey photos captured over the last few days.

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post on the Osprey. Adios!

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