Birds of Arizona – Part One

While I was in Arizona last month, I wanted to photograph as many Arizona birds that I could. I hadn’t set a specific number, but I wanted to see and photograph as many as possible in the small amount of time that I was there. Arizona does share some common species with Florida birds, but given the different climate, elevations and terrain, Arizona birds are almost completely unique to someone from Florida. I’ll show some of the images I was able to capture during my visit over the next couple of blog posts.

I came across some new birds on my first morning in Arizona, but this Verdin was my favorite of the morning.

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Although I see Canadian Geese quite frequently when I am at my office in Atlanta, they are rare visitors to Florida. Not a new bird for me, but probably the first time I have had an opportunity to photograph one.

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Canadian Goose

The Abert’s Towhee was a royal pain to get a photo of. These ground-feeding birds don’t sit still very long, and they don’t accommodate photographers by sitting on a pretty perch either.

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Abert’s Towhee

I watched this Anna’s Hummingbird preen for several minutes waiting for him to give me a beautiful display of his gorget.

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Anna’s Hummingbird

The Curved-billed Thrasher was one of my target species for the trip. They have a beautiful song just like the Brown Thrashers that we get here in Florida.

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Curved-billed Thrasher

In my next post, I’ll show some of the birds I was able to photograph when shooting in a blind in Madera Canyon. What a fun afternoon that was!


  • Jess Yarnell

    April 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I’m drooling and you haven’t even started with the shots from the blind! I love the Anna’s hummingbird. What a cool opportunity you had with this trip. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Debbie Tubridy

    April 14, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I’m with Jess … after you told me about your birding adventure, can’t wait to see more!
    Beautiful so far!

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