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Wings on Wednesday

This would normally be a Wordless Wednesday post. However, several weeks ago Roberta Beyer, owner of The Fat Finch, asked me to lead a photo workshop as an event for her wonderful birding store. I happily agreed, and I wondered if anyone would attend. The event proved popular far beyond our expectations. I recruited favorite birding friend Bosque Bill to assist me, and Roberta recruited two more photographers. Our little group met at The Fat Finch early this past Saturday morning. After a basic “How to operate your camera” talk by Bosque Bill we set off to photograph birds. Everyone had a wonderful time, and most participants learned how to move their cameras off of the automatic settings.

Here are some photos of birds that I took during the workshop:

Sandhill Crane portrait, Rio Grande Nature Center

Sandhill Crane portrait

Sandhill Crane portrait, Rio Grande Nature Center

Sandhill Crane portrait, another view.

Sandhill Cranes, Rio Grande Nature Center

Sandhill Cranes fly into the Rio Grande Nature Center.

Sandhill Crane, Rio Grande Nature Center

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane, Rio Grande Nature Center

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes, Rio Grande Nature Center

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Crane, Rio Grande Nature Center

Sandhill Crane coming in for a landing.

Spotted Towhee, Rio Grande Nature Center

Spotted Towhee

Canada Goose portrait, Rio Grande Nature Center

Canada Goose portrait

Canada Goose enjoying the sun, Rio Grande Nature Center

Canada Goose enjoying the sun

It was a fine workshop put on by New Mexico’s best birding store. Be sure to visit The Fat Finch when you’re in the Albuquerque area!

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Watch This Space

My friend Jill called me this weekend to say that she has a hummingbird nest with baby hummingbirds at her house. I went over to see them and found the nest in a Chinese pistache tree. The nest is a bit smaller than a golf ball.

Black-chinned Hummingbird nest, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

Black-chinned Hummingbird nest

A closer look revealed two tiny hummingbird chicks in the nest.

Black-chinned Hummingbird chicks, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

Black-chinned Hummingbird chicks

On the way home I saw these beautiful lilies. They have nothing to do with a post about hummingbird chicks, but they were lovely!

Lilies, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

Lilies, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque

If the hummingbird chicks thrive I will be posting periodic updates of their progress. Watch this space.

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Wordless Wednesday-Wings on Wednesday

Juvenile male Wood Duck

Juvenile male Wood Duck

Juvenile female Wood Duck

Wood Ducks

Male and female juvenile wood ducks

Juvenile male Wood Duck.

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Hummingbird Chicks at the Rio Grande Nature Center

It has been extremely dry in New Mexico this year. There have been many terrible fires that have caused a great deal of damage. Because of the extreme fire damage, many of the areas that I like to visit to watch and photograph birds and wildlife have been closed to the public. Last weekend, after I visited a local Farmer’s Market, I decided to see if the Rio Grande Nature Center was open. The nature center and the grounds around it were open, although the part that extends into the Rio Grande Bosque was closed. While I was walking around the grounds, I saw quite a few Black-chinned Hummingbirds. One landed on a branch fairly close to me. As I stopped to observe her, I noticed that she had two chicks in a nest near where she landed. The nest was inside a large bush, and the lighting conditions were not the best. However, I was able to take a number of photographs.

Black-chinned Hummingbird chicks, Rio Grande Nature Center.

Black-chinned Hummingbird chicks.

Black-chinned Hummingbird chicks, Rio Grande Nature Center.

Black-chinned Hummingbird chicks, another angle.

Black-chinned Hummingbird chicks, Rio Grande Nature Center.

Waiting for Mom to come back to the nest.

I hoped that if I stayed quietly near the nest, the mother hummingbird would return to feed the chicks. I stood quietly and waited, and she arrived within five minutes.

Black-chinned Hummingbird Mom and chicks, Rio Grande Nature Center

Mom hummingbird arrives at the nest.

Black-chinned Hummingbird Mom and chicks, Rio Grande Nature Center,.

Feeding one of the chicks.

Black-chinned Hummingbird Mom and chicks, Rio Grande Nature Center.

The second chick looks impatient.

Black-chinned Hummingbird Mom and chicks, Rio Grande Nature Center.

The other chick is fed.

Black-chinned Hummingbird Mom and chicks, Rio Grande Nature Center.

An un-cropped photo shows how tiny the nest really is.

Apparently when Mom Hummingbird is not taking care of the chicks she can be found hanging out at the local bar.

Black-chinned Hummingbirds, Rio Grande Nature Center

Local hummingbird bar.

When I stopped by the Rio Grande Nature Center a little more than a week later, the chicks had fledged and the nest was deserted. I will check back to see if this little hummingbird mom will raise more chicks this year.

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Wordless Wednesday-Wings on Wednesday

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

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Wordless Wednesday-Wings on Wednesday

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

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Wordless Wednesday-Wings on Wednesday

Male Wood Duck,

Male Wood Duck

Female Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck

Female Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck

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It’s All Happening at the Zoo

I buy a membership to the New Mexico Biopark every year. The Rio Grande Zoo, the Aquarium, the Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach are four facilities located next to the Rio Grande and connected by a train. In the past couple of weeks I have birded at the zoo.

There are fun sculptures at the zoo entrance.

Sign at the zoo entrance.

Just so we'll know where we are.

Greater Roadrunner with lizard.

Greater Roadrunner with lizard.

Javelina eating a cactus pad

Javelina eating a cactus pad.

There are exotic birds, ones not native to New Mexico.

Blue (Stanley's) Crane

Blue (Stanley's) Crane.

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Caribbean Flamingo

Caribbean Flamingo

Peafowl wander freely throughout the zoo.

Indian Blue Peacock

Indian Blue Peacock

Because the zoo is right next to the Rio Grande, there are native resident and migrating birds there as well.

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Male Ring-necked Duck

Male Ring-necked Duck

Male Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck

Female Wood Duck

Female Wood Duck, showing beautiful iridescence.

Male American Wigeon

Male American Wigeon

Female American Wigeon

Female American Wigeon

Handsome male Mallard

Handsome male Mallard

Female Mallard on her nest.

Female Mallard on her nest.

Albuquerque Biopark

I do believe it, I do believe it’s true. . .

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Wordless Wednesday-Wings on Wednesday

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

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Wordless Wednesday-Wings on Wednesday

Blue Cranes

Blue Crane

Blue (Stanley's) Crane

Blue (Stanley's) Crane

Blue (Stanley's) Cranes

Blue (Stanley's) Crane

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