Sunday, February 27, 2011

Western Screech-Owl Portrait

Here's a Western Screech-Owl (Otus kennicottii) that we saw at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona last month. Named after a Smithsonian naturalist, Robert Kennicott, it is very small with noticeable ear tufts. The yellow coloring of this owl's irises against its gray and black feathers was striking. The Western Screech-Owl is common in the Western United States and nest in tree holes or holes in Saguaro cactuses in the American South-West.

Western Screech-Owl (Otus kennicottii)
Western Screech-Owl (Otus kennicottii)
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Friday, February 4, 2011

Arizona Broad-Billed Hummingbird

During our visit to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona, I captured a female broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris) just as she was about to fly away.


Female Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris)
Female Broad-Billed Hummingbird
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