Dec 312012
 
Iridescence of Costa's Hummingbird's Feathers

Extreme closeup photo showing feather details of a male Costa’s Hummingbird. At my home in the southern area of Baja, Mexico we havee two species of Hummingbirds. The Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae) and the endemic Xantus’ Hummingbird (Hylocharis xantus). The Costa’s male has a brillant blue/purple cap and gorget. The male Xantus has a bright […]

Dec 312012
 
Bald Eagle

I don’t know if it’s really possible to truly appreciate these birds without seeing them outside in the wild. Growing up I loved seeing them in zoos, and I’ve been very close to them at bird rehabilitation centers where I’ve been able to get a sense of just how large these birds are. But these […]

Dec 302012
 
Drama at Oe

This morning at Oe I observed a Peregrine Falcon consistently attack an Eurasian Bittern. Although the falcon gained height and swooped down on a few occasions, it never actually “hit” the bittern – it kept breaking off its attack just before striking. I can only surmise that as it had lost the advantage of surprise, […]

Dec 302012
 
Lake Apopka, 12/21/2012

Well, yesterday went a little better than predicted–the world didn’t end, and I had a great time at the Zellwood/Mt. Dora Christmas Bird Count. I was in the area around Lake Apopka–particularly to the north and east of it. It was a cold (by Florida standards) and blustery day, but it was a great day […]

Dec 302012
 
European Goldfinch, males

Carduelis carduelis – Passeriformes – Fringillidae. This is the bird that started my passion for birding when I was a kid! I have hand raised a number of Goldfinches but one in particular was very special. He would go to his cage only to sleep and nibble seeds, otherwise he was always with one of […]

Dec 302012
 
Un momento inolvidable con el Cardenal común

Estando con Willy sentado a la sombra en la estancia Ñu Porá esperando que se sirva el almuerzo pudimos disfrutar de este momento espectacular frente nuestro a escasos metros de distancia; Dos cardenales (Padre e hijo) se acercaron a comer las sobras que dejaron los patos y las gallinas. El pichón ya estaba bastante crecidito […]

Dec 302012
 
My Favorite Bird Photos of 2012

At the end of each year I like to go back and look at the bird photographs I have taken and choose the ones I like the best for a “favorite bird photo” post. I usually choose one photo for each month but this year I have thrown in some extras, probably, for one reason […]

Dec 292012
 
Golondrina ceja blanca (White-rumped Swallow)

El cable del tendido eléctrico no es el mejor posadero para una golondrina fotográficamente hablando pero estaba muy cerca mío y no desaproveché la oportunidad de sacarle una foto a esta Golondrina ceja blanca en el pueblo de Misión Laishí Formosa. Pasó bastante tiempo desde el primer registro que tengo de esta especie, la primera […]

Dec 292012
 
Top 12 Encounters of 2012

With 2012 nearly over I can say very loudly I CANT WAIT for it to end. This year has certainly had its highs but those of course come with the Lows. Plenty of food for thought and life lessons learned from the lows and onwards and (hopefully) upwards into the future. So first the Lows… […]

Dec 292012
 
RSPB Troup Head

In June 2012 I visited RSPB Troup Head, in order to produce a short promotional film for the RSPB. A week was spent filming on the high sea cliffs of the reserve, where I was privileged to be in the presence of the beautiful and prehistoric Northern Gannet, Morus bassanus. The close proximity allowed me […]

Dec 292012
 
Chororó (Great antshrike)

Mientras viajábamos a Formosa le decía a Willy en el auto… “No podemos volver sin fotos del Chororó”, por suerte pudimos verlo los dos días y en distintos lugares y para que la felicidad sea completa inclusive me traje muy buenas fotografías de esta nueva especie para nosotros que hoy la presento en el blog. […]

Dec 292012
 
Best Photo of the Year Competition 2012

A grand total of 22 “Best Photo of the Week” competitions were held during 2012. To round-off the year we invite you to review and rank the winners of those weekly competitions and to choose the “Best Photo of the Year 2012”. Click on the first image and then page through the slideshow. Please select […]

Dec 292012
 
White-naped Cranes at Dawn

One of the most spectacular birding sights in Japan in winter is to witness the thousands of Hooded and White-naped Cranes flying over the fields at Arasaki, Izumi city, Kagoshima prefecture. Here a small flock, probably family unit, of White-naped Crane created a memorable full-frame composition with the rising sun, low mountains and whisp of […]