Winter Robber

This is a true winter robber. Commonly known as a “camp robber,” or Grey Jay, this intelligent little birdie joined us for lunch while snowshoeing to Lake Helene in Rocky Mountain National Park. Human food is never good for wildlife so we spent the majority of the time luring him to our open palms with…

In the Eye of the Egret

Birds are amazing creatures and this egret in Ponce De Leon Park’s Peace River Wildlife Center is no exception. The wildlife center is primarily run by volunteers and locally supported. A popular stop for anyone visiting in Punta Gorda, Florida. Not your thing? Try the beach, playground, fishing area, or wooden boardwalk through the mangroves,…

Cheyenne Hawk

So often we look up at birds in flight. I think the real beauty is found when you get up high enough that they fly around below you. Mt. Cutler Trail, located in the North Cheyenne Canon Park of Colorado Springs, is a great hike. It ends on a 1,500 foot cliff on the edge of…

Canadian Goose

I’ve never understood why these are Canadian Geese. I mean Canadians are known the world over for being extremely polite. The average Canadian Goose on the other hand are kind of jerks. I mean they squawk at you, flail their wings, and generally try to bite you any time you are remotely in their space….

Camp Robber

This is perhaps my favorite bird. Not as majestic as the Eagle or well known as the California Condor, the Grey Jay even has a bland name. I prefer their common name and the infamous moniker of the Camp Robber. These medium sized birds are seemingly fearless. It is very common to have these feathered…

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…

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? 🙂 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…