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.

Gaze of the Peafowl

When I was a young boy I used to love these colorful birds. I can remember thinking that their feathers were gorgeous and chasing them around farms on school outings. That’s right, I am a country boy who grew up in a small enough town where field trips to the farm where a normal and anticipated occurrence. The beauty…

Weka

The Weka is a very inquisitive New Zealand bird. While they are generally cautious, they will walk right up to you looking for food. They are about the size of a chicken. My wife and I found this one searching for crabs on the coast of Ulva Island. This small island is located in a bay of…

Splash Down Dinner

A gull drops into the shallow waters of Bark Bay in New Zealand to catch its fishie dinner. You can actually see the unfortunate fish in the grasp of the bird’s bill. My wife and I had just finished up a 5-mile hike from Awaroa Bay. This was our third day backpacking on the Abel…

Island Raven

I found this Common Raven near the visitor center of Canyonlands National Park’s Island in the Sky area. He was a noisy and seemingly fearless creature perched on the beams of this well trafficked spot. To many European cultures, the raven is a harbinger of death or somehow related to the darker side of the spiritual…

Kea: The Destructive Parrot

This is New Zealand’s Kea Parrot. The Kiwi bird may be New Zealand’s national symbol, although I’m not sure why in that they are nocturnal and extremely hard to find, but the Kea is my personal favorite. They are extremely inquisitive creatures. They have no issues with broaching your personal space but do seem to get extremely upset…

Fast Food

This bird is known as an American Dipper. I caught him catching his lunch in the waters of the Glenwood Canyon’s Hanging Lake in Colorado. According to audubon.org, the American Dipper likes to look for its food in the cool, often fast flowing streams of the mountainous regions of North America.

Ptarmigan Tango

Ptarmigans are experts when it comes to blending into their surroundings. I think the most fascinating thing about my close encounter with these guys was the way they move. They tend to walk very slowly as to not draw attention to themselves, but once they realize they have been spotted they go into something that…