Glossy Ibis

This colorful bird is called a Glossy Ibis and was found at the Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area in Saguache, Colorado. The wildlife area is on Hwy 285 and about an hour and fifteen minute drive from The Great Sand Dunes National Park. Whenever Jake and I visit the dunes, this wildlife area is a…

Flight of the California Condor

The California Condor¬†is strange, ugly bird. They are massive creatures with wingspans that can be longer than any man’s height, making them North America’s largest birds. Despite their oddities, they are graceful in flight and they seem at home amongst the massive Grand Canyon. In the Grand Canyon the Condor population is monitored closely and…

A Florida Sunset for the Birds

Why is it that simple scenes, like this Florida sunset, can invoke such peace in our souls? I took this image of the seagulls in the setting sun at Venice Beach, Florida. It is a great spot to sit and let your life slow down for a moment, watching as the small gulf waves roll…

Lesser Goldfinch

The Lesser Goldfinch seems no lesser to me than any other golden finch, but alas, it is the name that man in our infinite wisdom has given to this brightly colored bird. I like his mohawk… do you think that is bed head or is he using product? ūüôā I found this stunning specimen of…

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…