Posts with category - Wildlife Photography

Greater Roadrunner Family


Greater Roadrunner Family

We visited the Desert Botanical Garden this morning and were lucky enough be there to see two Greater Roadrunner fledglings. Below are a sequence of photos of what we believe was the first trip for one of the fledglings out of the cactus they have called home since their birth.

Two Young Roadrunners Together - Greater Roadrunner Family post

The nest is getting a little too small for two.


Roadrunner Lizard Treat - Greater Roadrunner Family post

Getting ready to serve up a little lizard for the family.


Young And Restless Roadrunner - Greater Roadrunner Family post

The fledgling exploring outside the nest.


Waiting For The Fledgling - Greater Roadrunner Family post

One of the parents waiting for a fledgling to leave the nest.


Roadrunner Fledgling Attitude - Greater Roadrunner Family post

Out of the nest for the first time and already has an attitude.


New sheriff In Town - Greater Roadrunner Family post

The new sheriff in now in town.


The Greater Roadrunner is a long-legged bird in the cuckoo family. It can outrace a human, kill a rattlesnake, and thrive in the harsh landscapes of the Desert Southwest. The Greater Roadrunner is also known as the chaparral cock, ground cuckoo, and snake killer. The Roadrunner nests on a platform of sticks low in a cactus or a bush and lays 3–6 eggs, which hatch in 20 days. The chicks fledge in another 18 days. Pairs may occasionally rear a second brood.

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Round-tailed Ground Squirrel

Round-tailed Ground Squirrel

The Round-tailed Ground Squirrel belongs to the rodent order, small mammals that many predators depend on for food. They dig burrows to live in and spend the days on the surface when the temperatures are moderate. They hibernate in the winter and are also very entertaining!

Spring has been in the air, and it seems the scent of the Round-tailed Ground Squirrels has been in the air too. 🙂 This photo is from the Desert Botanical Garden (photo info: 500mm, 1/800 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

Then There Were Five - Round-tailed Ground Squirrel post

This one looks to be musically inclined (photo info: 500mm, 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

Musically Inclined - Round-tailed Ground Squirrel post

Spotted these two near some farm land in Goodyear while stalking a Greater Roadrunner (photo info: 500mm, 1/3200 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

Round-tailed Leap Frog  - Round-tailed Ground Squirrel post

Below is a short video.

A Few More Photos

Below is a slideshow of the photos above, plus a few more.

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post for the Round-tailed Ground Squirrel. Adios!

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Osprey – Wildlife Photography

11/09/2013 – 11/15/2013


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!