Camera Trap Cardinal

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Northern Cardinal Female at the Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Northern Cardinal Female at the Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

The flash left a little bit of a ghost image due to the sync rate – next time will go to high speed sync!  This was also with a remote camera trap.

Black-throated Sparrows

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A couple of Black-throated Sparrows fighting for the same perch, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

A couple of Black-throated Sparrows fighting for the same perch, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

I was having fun yesterday with some camera trap photography – this was captured with a wide-angle lens about 2 feet from the birds.  Come learn camera trapping from me!

Favorite Photos from 2018

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Another busy but wonderful year!

So here are a few of my favorite images from the past year thanks to a tradition started by Jim Goldstein many years ago.

It is hard to narrow down to just my choices.  I did a fair amount of people photography this year, and some of them could have made the cut.  Plus, I have lots of birds and wildflower from the Desert Photo Retreat, but tried to keep it to just a handful of each subject.  Except bears – have to include lots of bears!

For those interested, here are more:  Favorite Photos of 2017  Favorite Photos of 2016  Favorite Photos of 2015Favorites of 2014  Favorite photo of 2013  Favorite photos of 2012favorite photos of 2011favorite photos of 2010  –  favorite photos of 2009 and finally, favorite photos of 2008.

Brown bear taking a break, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bear, Lake Clark National Park.

This pose was just too cute!  The brown bear photos are from my photo tours.

 

Brown bear sow with two third summer cubs.

Brown Bear Boar, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown bear sow with two third summer cubs – what a family pose!

 

Brown Bear Boar, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Brown Bear Boar, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

This male was absolutely huge!

 

Wild red fox.

Wild red fox.

A wild red fox from my Alaska Bear Photo Tour.

 

Gray fox, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Gray fox, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Maybe my favorite of the year in part because of how much work went into capturing this photo.  Three flashes, a remote and a sunset all finally came together to capture one of our local residents.

 

Lazuli Bunting.

Lazuli Bunting.

One of our many colorful migrants here in Arizona.

 

Northern Mockingbird.

Northern Mockingbird.

Another regular around here.

 

Bobcat, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Bobcat, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

I love bobcats, it was such a thrill to have two regulars last Spring.

 

Northern Lights over Resurrection Bay, Seward, Alaska.

Northern Lights over Resurrection Bay, Seward, Alaska.

Every year I have at least one photo from my “front yard”  It was a treat to have aurora there this fall.

 

Polar bear, Alaska Arctic.

Polar bear, Alaska Arctic.

Snowy polar bear!

 

Curved-Billed Thrasher, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Curved-Billed Thrasher, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

A final image from our desert property.

Desert Photo Retreat Update

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A bobcat at the waterhole from earlier this week.

A bobcat at the waterhole from earlier this week.

I have been really busy with projects and haven’t had a chance to use my real camera much, but that isn’t because of a lack of activity – actually it has been busy here!

The fox pair makes multiple visits each night – I was a bit worried a couple of nights ago after a nearby visit by a pack of coyotes, but you can see in the image below from this morning that they are alive and well!  The javelina are becoming more regular, and have two babies.  Plus, we even had our first bobcat of the season earlier this week!

Our humming bird feeders are busier than ever with at least one male guarding each of the 7 feeders and other challengers constantly flying in for a drink.  We mostly have costa’s, but also a few anna’s.

Not only do we have lots of birds we are getting a great variety!  I think we have added 7 new species in the past month, some exciting like the colorful spotted towhee.  By one of our feeders I see two cactus wren nests being constructed, in fact I was able to watch one pair hauling sticks into the heart of the cactus this morning – very cool!  We also have all the regulars such as the cardinals, black-throated sparrows, three species of wren, pyrrhuloxia, phainopepla, many gnatcatchers, towhees, thrashers and quail just to name a few.

Plus, maybe the biggest surprise – lots of wildflowers!  It is crazy early for them.  But, we have had two rain storms in just the last week, with another on the way, so it should stay good!

So if you want to check out the action, we recommend coming for the night – two is even better!  We are starting to fill up a bit, but there are plenty of open dates – take a look at the calendar for availability.  For much more information, check out:  Desert Photo Retreat

Two gray-fox from early this morning.

Two gray-fox from early this morning.

 

Look close and you will see two little ones. They have been by at last light the last two nights.

Look close and you will see two little ones. They have been by at last light the last two nights.