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Spring at the Hummingbird Feeder – My Shot of the Day April 26, 2014

The kids and I FINALLY got the hummingbird feeder out. Given the incredibly weird winter (really it was nutty everywhere) we had this year the hummingbirds came back a few weeks early this year. In fact, by my observation, they come back earlier every year but this year it was pretty dramatic. This is the first male [...]

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El Quetzal – My Shot of the Day – December 3, 2013

#ecocostarica You may recall that back in January I went on a fruitless search for El Quetzal in the mountains of Panama. It was an awesome trek into some amazing country with a great friend but alas…not rare and endangered bird.  Today I had a bit more luck…although these lovely creatures were NOT cooperative. Just [...]

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Cliff Swallows – My Shot of the Day – May 24, 2013

These gorgeous little cliff swallows were nesting in the rafters near the Anthropology Museum at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico yesterday. Cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) are a friendly, brave little passeriforme that builds gourd-shaped nests from mud and straw. They tuck them up under cliffs, bridges and the edges of buildings.  These two let me get within [...]

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Ruby Throated Hummingbird – My Shot of the Day – May 6, 2013

It doesn’t seem to matter much that many of the habitat maps for the little Ruby throated hummingbird puts Taos well outside of thier range. We’ve had loads of them. The males, like this one above, showed up early and fought amongst themselves for access to the solitary feeder we put out this year. Just [...]

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Boquete Garden Inn in Lovely Boquete, Panama

I’ll get it out of the way up front.  The Boquete Garden Inn is probably THE BEST little inn I’ve stayed at, ever. Understand, of course, that I am a fanatic for birds, gardens and flowers. So walking through the gate from the already near-paradise that is the town of Boquete into some place that [...]

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Water Reflection – My Shot of the Day – March 25, 2013

Just after dawn these early spring days, the air is perfectly still and the sound of Red-winged black birds fills the air. The snow and ice have melted and ponded and pooled and the calm morning air makes for some great water reflection photography. I shot this in Taos’ Fred Baca Park wetlands soon after [...]

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Twenty-One Beautiful Birds of Panama – Birdgasm!

Panama has more species of birds than the United States and Canada combined. I awoke on my first morning in Panama to the sound of all those birds of Panama. I up and stumbled out onto the balcony of my friend Maria Elena overlooking the Bridge of the Americas, grabbed a cup of the most [...]

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Whooper Swans Heading North – My Shot of the Day – March 5, 2013

My shot for today is actually a year old. One year old exactly in fact. These Whooper swans passed over the kids and I on March 5, 2012 while we played on the ice in the Gulf of Bothnia next to Vasa, Finland.  The Whooper swans (the national bird of Finland) were heading north into [...]

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Where the Fairy Tern is Winging: Convicts, Mutiny and Executions: A Guest Post by Jim McIntosh

Editor’s Note: Brutal rule by an oligarchy is never as far off as we might think. It is something that has happened far too often throughout history and it is a danger the supposedly democratized “Western world” is dangerously close to falling back into at the moment.  Too few people hold too much power and [...]

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On the Quetzales Trail Panama

The Quetzales Trail Panama connects the town of Boquete to the town of Cerro Punta along the edge of the Baru Volcano, the highest mountain in Panama at 11,398 feet.  The trail cuts through the cloud forest along the Talamanca mountain range.  The trail rises from a deep valley through gigantic ancient oaks, magnolias and [...]

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Gulf Coast Birding – The Best Five Birding Sites in Mississippi

Gulf Coast birding hits a high point in Mississippi. Somewhere around 350 species of birds are known to inhabit or move through the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Not only are the rich coastal environments vital for migratory species as they move north from South America in the spring or return south in the fall but the [...]

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Peregrine Falcon – MY Shot of the Day – October 3, 2012

  I met this beautiful Peregrine Falcon at an event hosted by the Peregrine Fund, an incredibly successful organization that works to protect raptors from extinction.  They have been instrumental in bringing the gorgeous Peregrine (Falco peregrinus) back from the brink of extinction. The Peregrine is an amazing being. Peregrines hunt from above and, after [...]

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