Monday, March 10, 2014

Target Birding


A Northern Rough-winged Swallow directs the migration traffic
Greetings all!

Burrowing Owl
This year, my challenge has been to find as many US birds as I can within my budget.  While most of the US recovers from the snow, the birds in Arizona have been keeping many of us birders busy.  Migration has begun.


Violet-crowned Hummingbird

So the rule is.....even if I've seen the bird before, I have to go back and find them all over again.  This requires patience and time.  

Orange-crowned Warbler

It has been a fun trek around Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California so far.  And there is much more in store.  But for now, it's about retracing my steps and finding the Crested Caracara, Common Black Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, etc etc. 

Inca Dove
This is great because it allows me better observations of the birds that I don't always get to see while out in the field.  So while I'm researching maps, etc, I'm also helping others find those crucial life birds.  It's pretty exciting.  

Prairie Falcon
My current US total is at 264 birds.  That number is about to drastically change as I head to another warm and tropical locale.  I will be reporting live from the field on Facebook as we visit several amazing places in the next couple of weeks.  I will be working on several features for this blog. So stay tuned for more.  Las Aventuras is just warming up:)

Louisiana Waterthrush

Today's post includes pictures from my other half Pat as well as myself. Sometimes I'm not always in the photography mood.  So I appreciate the extra hand:)  Below, I've featured some of the plants flowering in our garden at El Presidio.

From the El Presidio Garden-Spring has arrived!

For more birds from around the world, check out Wild Bird Wednesday!


28 comments:

  1. Życzę powodzenia w wyzwaniu. Z przyjemnością oglądałam ptaki, no i oczywiście kwiatki. Pozdrawiam.
    Good luck in the challenge. With pleasure watching the birds, and of course flowers. Yours.

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  2. Chris, good luck with your Challenge.. I seem to be perfectly happy seeing each bird one time..If I am lucky to see it again, that is an added bonus.. Sounds like you are about to go on another exciting adventure. Have fun and happy birding..

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  3. The birds are all gorgeous Chris! great shots!

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  4. Hi Chris, sounds like an exciting challenge and you are off to a great start!!! Great capture of the falcon! Good luck on your upcoming trips:)

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  5. That's a real challenge! I'm looking forward to seeing what your year produces, especially now that I've seen some of the birds myself, and enjoyed seeing some of your wife's photography too.

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  6. Awesome shots! I love the falcon. Good luck with the challenge!

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  7. A great series of birds and all nice to add to anyone's total! The photo of the Falcon is especially nice. Beautiful plumage details.

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  8. Wishing you the best of luck with your challenge, Chris.

    My favourite bird in this post is (you'll not be surprised to hear!) the Burrowing Owl, but my favourite image by far is that of the Prarie Falcon - perfect!!!

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  9. Beautiful photos Chris of a great selection of birds :) Your new challenge sounds exciting - wishing you good luck :)

    The gardens at El Presidio are looking very colourful :)

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  10. Awesome shots! I've never seen a violet-crowned hummingbird yet in person and hopefully will, someday.

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  11. Very high quality captures. Great job.

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  12. Hello Chris, I love the Burrowing owl, so comical, The Hummer is stunning, great shots,
    All the best with your birding target, Gordon.

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  13. I have taken some advice about my Hummer ID's and I think your are correct about the first birds being Broad-Billed.

    I have to say I really did not care that much - I was just so blown away by eyeing hummers of any sort!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  14. Congrats Stewart!!! When I first saw charms of them, I was in awe. People were calling all these hummers left and right and I had a difficult time learning all the ID's on the females....and there are a still a few that give me a headache like the Anna's vs Allen's:) For those hummers, it's about being in the right area at the right time. When they mix together, like they can in Arizona, it is almost impossible to separate the two species.

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  15. That picture of the falcon is terrific. Did you need some flash to get the shady side of the bird so clear?

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  16. No flash necessary. The lighting was just perfect on this one. I use the sports setting for our wildlife shots.

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  17. All wonderful captures Chris but the falcon is amazing, superb hunting bird oui !

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  18. I love the first shot!! All are really special. Your pictures get better and better.

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  19. the inca portrait is just awesome, chris!

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  20. HI Chris All the best with your Challenge. Love this post and all your photographs are superb. esp. like the Hmmmingbird.

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  21. I simply love this first shot! I am glad to read that your are one more time ready for new shots to make older ones live again and to create new ones.

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  22. Really great shots of the Inca Dove and the Prairie Falcon Chris. It's warming up here too but it's been a long time coming.

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  23. Guess this means you'll be returning to the North Rim this summer.

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  24. The migration traffic director is adorable...both the bird and the picture. Loving your AZ birds and can't wait to see where you go and what you find in the subtropics.

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  25. Chris, your bird photography keeps improving! You are seeing some AMAZING birds! Keep up the good work! You are blowing me and my record out of the water! I couldn't wish for more for you! Well done!

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  26. Terrific captures as always. The hummingbird is so cute!

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  27. How could your blog POSSIBLY get any better!!?? LOVE the falcon shot, the violet-crowned, and that first one of the Northern swallow directing traffic. I mean, each post is like a treasure chest one opens and then oohs and aahhs at all the gems that lay inside!

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