Fan-tailed Warbler

Fan-tailed Warbler

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Leftover photos of Southern Arizona

Still have a lot of photos left over from my trip to Southern Arizona last week, so decided to make a post with what is left over.  These photos were taken at a variety of places and to start off, I wanted to show a photo of one of my favorite warblers, a Painted Redstart.  On my 2nd trip up Carrie Nation Trail, I found several of these beautiful birds at various places along the trail.  Kind of a southwestern specialty in the United States. 

Painted Redstart

Also along this trail I found other wildlife than just birds.  Had a Gray Squirrel come down out of the upper reaches of the trees to check me out.

Gray Squirrel

Now on to Montosa Canyon where I went searching for the rare Black-capped Gnatcatcher, but can't quite claim it as a new life bird just yet, will have to search again.  But while I was there, I found more Varied Buntings than I have ever seen.  They are not an easy bird to photograph as they like to forage in deep plant cover.  I did manage to get one photo of this very unusually colored bird.

Varied Bunting

Also in the area were some hummingbirds and this male Broad-billed Hummingbird on a branch with its wings spread was a very nice find.

Broad-billed Hummingbird

And I really enjoyed this juvenile Acorn Woodpecker.  I had never seen a juvenile before and it was very education for me to see the differences in males, females, and juveniles.  This is the same one that was hanging around Santa Rita Lodge.

 Acorn Woodpecker-Juvenile
One more little hummer to add to my post and that is a Violet-crowned Hummingbird.  This was taken at Paton's yard in Patagonia where my friend Larry Morgan is the current caretaker.  This is probably the easiest location to catch this rare hummer in the United States.

 Lavender-crowned Hummingbird

As mentioned earlier, birds were not the only creatures that my camera was focused on.  I enjoy all sort of creatures and consider them marvelous and wonderful.  Unfortunately with a zoom lens, not all insect species are easy to photograph.  But I still enjoy trying and below are some of the insects that found their way under the scrutiny of my camera lens.

 Horse Lubber Grasshopper-Female
 Horse Lubber Grasshopper-Male
 Gulf Frittilary Butterfly
 Empress Leilia Butterfly
Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

Hope everyone enjoyed this latest and last post from my birding trip.  It was a lot of fun and I saw and lot of wonderful creatures and met some wonderful people on my latest adventure.


1 comment:

  1. Ahhh... Sad it's over Gordon. Super shots, as usual. I dipped on the Gnatcatchers his summer too, but you totally coked the hummingbirds! Plus Spotted Owl and Montezma Quail? Yo'r on a roll