Photographing Arizona’s Wildlife A Guide to When, Where and How

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Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildlife, A Guide to When, Where, and How

Well we just completed a successful season at the Desert Photo Retreat and are back in Alaska.  One of the reasons we were successful is thanks to all the advice we have received from fellow photographers and friends, it has been invaluable.  That said, no one has been more valuable towards our success then Bruce Taubert!  Bruce has a PhD in biology, and worked for 25 years with Arizona Game and Fish so he really knows his wildlife and natural history.  Plus, he is a fantastic photographer doing some cutting edge stuff with camera traps, remote triggers, multiple flashes and night photography.  Not only has his willingness to share been invaluable, but he also brought us many, many wonderful clients this past winter!

You might be thinking, I wish I had a Bruce to advise me, and well you can, almost.  Bruce has recently come out with a new book on photographing wildlife in Arizona.  It is published by my friends Colleen Miniuk-Sperry and Paul Gill, the same one’s who published the similar book on photographing wildflowers in Arizona.  Another must have that I have raved about in the past (even for non-photographers).

Of course you can read on-line forums, email fellow photographers, buy many books and then drive around exploring Arizona in search of wildlife like I have for the last 15 years.  Or you can just buy this book!  I sure wish it was around years ago.  Bruce talks about all kinds of wildlife hot spots, not just for birds, but all wildlife.  The book is illustrated with tons of beautiful photography, plus great little easy to read maps that make it easy to find your way.  Plus, there are lots of sidebars on techniques, helpful hints and other useful information.  It was well worth the investment!

Now I need to disclose, the above link is an affiliate link, so if you click on it and buy the book I stand to make lots and lots of money on commissions from Amazon, well, at least a few cents.  Either way, now you know.  That is not why I did the post, however a few dollars in commissions is a helpful way to support my blog.  Thanks!

Birds and Blooms!

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Curve-billed Thrasher.

Curve-billed Thrasher.

We have been busy with wonderful guests this week – last night was the first night we didn’t have someone out here, so I decided to get up and make some of my own images. Curved-billed Thrasher.

Desert Tortoise

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Desert Tortoise.

Desert Tortoise.

A desert tortoise cruising across the yard on Friday. The desert certainly has come alive with the arrival of warm weather. During my workshop this morning we watched a rattlesnake slither by right in front of the lower blind. Tons of lizards out now as well.

Saguaro Cactus Wildflowers

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Saguaro Cactus Wildflower.

Saguaro Cactus Wildflower.

Got home from a quick trip to Alaska to find the Saguaro cactus beginning to bloom. I’m not sure why, but this is the third spring now that the saguaro have began blooming in the first half of April. By mid April there will be many blooming here which is interest since most parts of Arizona don’t see these guys blooming until May. I’ll take it!