Category: Birds

Western Tanager, 2022 Edition

Male Western Tanager

A male western tanager, high in the Sandia mountains.

Wood Duck at Tingley Beach

Wood Duck at Tingley Beach

Wood ducks are my favorites, especially at this time of the year, when color in the middle Rio Grande Valley is noticeably lacking.

Sandhill Crane Landing

Sandhill Crane Landing

I’ve been studying crane landings this winter. They are all virtually perfect — and beautiful, too. I love the huge wingspread and colors in this photo.

Ladder-Backed Woodpecker

Ladder-Backed Woodpecker on Cholla

I heard something tap-tap-tapping on a cholla early one morning. I waited until I could see what was making the sound, and was rewarded for my patience when this cute little guy flew out and onto another cholla. You can probably guess how he got his name.

Western Tanager in Spring

Western Tanager

A male western tanager sports classic New Mexican colors.

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