Friday, June 23, 2017

Cedar Waxwings

When I moved to Eugene, Oregon, to go to college, I ran across a new bird that I had never seen before. Cedar Waxwings, which I thought to be one of the most beautiful birds I had ever seen. Cedar Waxwings came and went thru my aging to adulthood, but they never failed to impress me. Once we moved to the arid desert of La Paz, Mexico, these wonderful birds were no more. On my recent trip to Seattle to visit with my ailing mother-in-law, if found a small group, all be it, a shy group, of Cedar Waxwings. I was hand holding my camera, so the images were quite difficult to get, and they did not venture out of the brush much but I did manage to get a couple nice shots!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Spotted Towhees for Mom

My Mother-in-law, Linda Shaw is going through a rough time right now with some serious health issues, so I am dedicating this posting to her. She has a favorite bird that frequents her back yard. So, here are a couple of Spotted Towhees. This is just for you Mom......I love you!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Gila Woodpecker and her nest

I am going to send out several new posts getting everybody caught up on our travel and birds from the last 30 days! Despite injuries, family emergencies, and etc we have managed to find some great birds.. A few rare ones, a couple of lifers, ands some really fun photos!

Outside the small agricultural area of Aqua Caliente, I found this great Gila Woodpecker nest. It was flying back and forth with these translucent white seeds.. I have not been able to figure out what they are yet but is makes for a great photo!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A new bird website

Hello all....sorry for the prolonged absence, but things are starting to settle down now. Despite all the activity in our lives, the one big news is that the web site for Focus On Feathers is finassllly (Well mostly) complete!! I still want to upgrade a few of the photos, but if you get a chance, take a look at let me know what you think.

Link to FOF website

Thanks everybody..


Sunday, May 7, 2017

I have a bad wing!

After our very nice visit to the Sierra De La Laguna Biosphere, and dinner, I woke up in the middle of the night, with some pretty intense pain in my right wrist. To make a long story short, I have no idea what I did, spent Sunday morning in the emergency room getting a cast, for torn\pulled\damaged ligaments in that wrist. I would like to point out that I am VERY right handed, so life has been just a whole lot harder than I could have ever thought. No driving, can barely type, working a computer mouse is a real challenge, and so far no photography!!

This is a shot of the valley floor from the ridge where we parked the truck. We hiked down in the valley to explore.

I did manage to see my first Baja Golden Eagles before all this injury stupidity started, along with a brand new Lifer for me!!  Cassin's Vireos, were found in a very old stand of Red Oaks above 2000 feet in the Biosphere. They hung around for me to get a few decent shots.

Once we are a little more healed up, we will head back to the Biosphere to continue our exploration!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Weekend Road trip

Our drive up to Santa Rosalia this last weekend ended up with a nice surprise. Read about it on

Thanks everybody!!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Well, dang it.....I got all those pictures and stories posted, when I realized I total forgot to talk about the more rare of the shorebirds that we get to see here on the Baja....the Wandering Tattler! This is one of the larger birds that are on the Pacific side of the Baja, but I rarely ever see more than one or two a year. I would love to photograph one in its breeding plumage, but unfortunately, they will have migrated north before we get to enjoy the strongly barred breast coloration that they acquire.

So, here is what they look like when we get to see them.