Unlike some of the more elusive wildlife in my area of Scottsdale—like javelina or bobcats—birds can be found in nearly any back yard. They’re abundant. They’re colorful. They sing. And, most wonderful of all, they can fly.
Spring is quickly coming, and the birds are pairing up to build nests and lay their eggs. It’s a magnificent time of year. I would encourage everyone to turn off their televisions, cell phones, iPads and other distractions for an hour every day. Get outside. Take a walk. Breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy looking for birds and the other critters sharing your world. It’ll work wonders on bringing down your blood pressure and improving your outlook on life.
Note for fellow photographers: these photographs were all taken with some new equipment I’ve recently acquired including the Canon 80D camera, Canon EF 100-400 (version II) telephoto zoom lens and the Canon 1.4 III Extender. Great equipment for bird photography!
Here are just some of the birds (and a cute little bonus) you might see. Click on any of the thumbnail photographs to display a larger version.