Laser Focus

Is there any wonder as to why this bird is known as the Great Blue Heron? These giant birds are gorgeous and have a very distinctive look. They appear to have a sole laser tight focus, staring off in a specific direction for seemingly never-ending amounts of time. This one didn’t seem at all concerned by my…

New Zealand Fantail

This is a New Zealand Fantail. These little birds are figuratively part fighter jet. They are known to swoop in on the foothills of hikers and pick bugs out of the air that the hikers kick up as they tramp along the trails. Their large fanned tails allow them to cut on a dime in mid-air….

Sunning Shag

What surprised me the most about the Able Tasman Coastal Track in New Zealand was how absolutely gorgeous every section was of our 5-day backpacking trip. One minute you’re overlooking the surrounding bays from the treetops, the next you’re ducking under a thick array of Beech trees where the sky and water are barely visible, the…

Angelic Flight

“Ready… GO!” Those were my instructions to my wife as she took off running down the ocean pier into a flock of resting seagulls and I stood ready to snap their frantic flights. It wasn’t until I said this that the potential consequence went running through my head… I’m going to get pooped on. I thought too late…

Routeburn Tweeting

This photo was taken as my wife and I traversed our second day of the Rouetburn Track in New Zealand. The thick clouds had rolled in overnight and we weren’t seeing much for the extreme effort we were expending while making our way up and over the 4,300′ pass. Then this beautiful little bird graced us with…

An Endangered Kind of Ugly

This rather ugly-looking bird is a California Condor. In truth, their ugliness is a magnificently efficient design. They are scavenger birds akin to the vulture. As such they stick their heads in rotting carcasses to feed. Their bald head is easier to keep clean than those of birds that have feathers on their heads. Gross I…

White-capped Albatross

In New Zealand, my wife and I hired a private water taxi to pick us up from the small Ulva Island to return us to Stewart Island. The cost of the private trip was about 10 NZD more than the group rate but it allowed us to maximize our time on Ulva and still catch…

Sugarite Nuthatch

My wife and I found this Nuthatch perched over our campsite at Sugarite Canyon State Park in New Mexico. This is a beautiful area of the country located near the Colorado and New Mexico border. We came down to see the ancient Capulin Volcano located nearby. Sugarite is one of the few places around this area that…

Mandarin Duck

I found this gorgeous Mandarin Duck while visiting Beihai Park in Beijing, China. This is considered by many to be the most beautiful duck on the planet. How appropriate that I should find this royally dressed bird in a park that was set aside for nearly a millennia for the imperial family.