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.

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…