Friday, January 28, 2011

Portrait of a Barn Owl

A recent trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona also provided a wonderful opportunity to observe closely a Barn Owl (Tyto alba). Barn Owls are found almost all over the world and have such beautiful markings.

Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pyrrhuloxia (Cardenal Torito) of the American Southwest

I captured this beauty posing near a cactus at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona earlier this month. The light was perfect and the bird remained remarkably still for the shot. Here's some information on this bird which is found in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico.

Female Pyrrhuloxia (Cardenal Torito)

Female Pyrrhuloxia (Cardenal Torito)
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