Category Archives: Wildlife


Hummingbirds—Colorful Desert Wonders

Hummingbirds, in various varieties, can be found throughout the greater Phoenix, Arizona area, and they are truly wondrous to watch and photograph. Whether you have a hummingbird feeder on your patio or flowering plants in your […]

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Gila Woodpeckers

Many of the holes you see in the Saguaro cacti throughout the Greater Pinnacle Peak area are active or former nest entrances of the Gila Woodpecker. The male has a distinctive bright red patch on […]

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Wild Love Birds

A couple of years ago I was surprised to see two brightly colored birds feeding on a sock full of thistle seeds I have hanging in the yard. I took a few pictures at the […]

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Arizona Cardinals

No…not the football team, but rather the wonderfully bright red bird known as the Northern Cardinal. Although not a common sight here in Arizona, the Northern Cardinal can be found with a little patience. When […]

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Gambel’s Quail Chicks – The Next Generation

For those of you who live in the Greater Pinnacle Peak area of Scottsdale, Arizona, seeing a Gambel’s Quail is not a particularly unusual sighting. If you see one, you’re also likely to see another […]

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Cactus Wren – Arizona’s State Bird

Cactus Wrens are fairly common throughout the southwest and especially in Northeast Scottsdale, Arizona. They were officially recognized as Arizona’s state bird in 1931. These birds, about the size of a common Robin, build their […]

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Trumpicanus Donaldus – New Bird Species

I was excited to spot and photograph a new bird species the other day. Here’s an excerpt describing the bird from the authoritative Journal of United States Ornithological Ephemera: “The bird was first identified and […]

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Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a special “photographers-only” workshop at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) located in a mostly undeveloped northeastern part of Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s a great wildlife center that […]

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A Squadron of Javelinas

The southwest desert is home to some very different “critters.” One of the most unusual is the javelina. Adults stand about 3-4 feet tall and weight 40-50 pounds. They have impressive looking tusks that are […]

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Butterfly Wonderland

A couple of years ago Butterfly Wonderland opened in Scottsdale, and I’ve often whizzed by it in the fast lane of the 101 saying to myself, “I’ve got to stop in there someday.” Well, my […]

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