Photos of the Week – August 28, 2020 — The Prairie Ecologist

There’s been a layer of haze along the horizon in recent days. I don’t know how much of the haze is our normal August humidity and how much is wildfire smoke wafting in from other states. Regardless, hazy horizons make for fun photography in the morning and evening. Here is a selection of sun images […]

Photos of the Week – August 28, 2020 — The Prairie Ecologist

Balboa Park in Bloom: August, 2020 — South Park SD Blogger

If you’re like many people these days, you’re still partly sheltered-in-place, tired of streaming EVERYTHING and looking for something to do besides your essential job. And you’d really like to make up for those travel plans you cancelled. Why not tour the largest urban park in the United States without leaving your living room? Balboa […]

Balboa Park in Bloom: August, 2020 — South Park SD Blogger

History blows in the wind — Le Drake Noir

Ouessant and surrounding waters are full of historic stories. About twohundred years ago on board HMS Bellerophon, the captive emperor Napoleon was carried towards his final exile – spent several hours on deck watching the island of Ouessant, the last piece of french territory he would ever see. The british island of Saint Helena in […]

History blows in the wind — Le Drake Noir

Photos of the Week – July 31 2020 — The Prairie Ecologist

This week, I spent a lot of time at home with the kids. As a result, I wasn’t out in the field with my camera much and I’m dipping into my files for this week’s featured photos. I’m incredibly fortunate to have regular access to the two bison herds at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley […]

Photos of the Week – July 31 2020 — The Prairie Ecologist

Western Kingbird, Displaying Its Crest (Just A Bit) — Sonoran Images

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Recently, I made some images of a Western Kingbird sitting on a wire fence in Sonoita’s grasslands. I was pleased with the images: the lighting is nice and the bird posed prettily for me. It was […]

Western Kingbird, Displaying Its Crest (Just A Bit) — Sonoran Images

Photography of Birds – Set # 102 — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101

Set # 102 Willet Ruddy turnstones engage in a variety of behaviours to locate and capture prey. These behaviors can be placed into six general categories: Routing — The turnstone manipulates piles of seaweed through flicking, bulldozing, and pecking to expose small crustaceans or gastropod molluscs hidden underneath. Turning stones — As suggested by its […]

Photography of Birds – Set # 102 — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101

Gila Woodpecker — Fledgling — Sonoran Images

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Louisa and I were driving on a dirt road in high desert a couple of weeks ago when I saw a Gila Woodpecker sitting on a fencepost. The bird seemed to be engrossed with the post, pecking at it. Normally, Gilas are pretty […]

Gila Woodpecker — Fledgling — Sonoran Images