A hybrid hummingbird. From the photographer: "A once in a lifetime event. A very rare hybrid hummingbird, Broadbill x Violet crowned. Taken at Boyce Thompsom Arboretum. Last time this hybrid was seen was in Mexico in the 1890s."
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Great Blue Heron
A great blue heron perched on a rooftop.
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Great Blue Heron and Great Egret
When blue herons and egrets meet for the first time.
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Great Egret with American White Pelicans
The great egrets in the background are a common sight in the Phoenix area. v
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Beautiful hummingbirds are commonly seen in the Phoenix area.
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Turkey vultures, however, are not as common in Phoenix as hummingbirds.
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Black-Bellied Whistling Duck
A black-bellied whistling duck.
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A turkey vulture in flight in Gilbert.
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A great-tailed grackle: the thirsty bird takes a drink.
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Great Blue Heron
A majestic great blue heron in flight.
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Immature Black-crowned Night Heron
An immature black-crowned night heron, seen in Gilbert.
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Meet a burrowing owl, a member of the pigmy owl family. He was seen on the nature trail near the Gilbert library.
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From the photographer: "A peach faced lovebird, one of several living at the Gilbert Water Ranch."
A beautiful view of a northern mockingbird in Gilbert.
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An action-shot of an Anna's hummingbird (male), seen in the vicinity of Westbrook Village Golf Course.
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Gambel's quail (Callipepla gambelii) are common in the Phoenix area. The male is the more colorful one, and the other is a female. You'll rarely see one flying; they mostly walk or run.
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Gambel's Quail Eggs
Gambel's quail often don't build a nest for their eggs. They just usually deposit them under a bush or other foliage.
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Gambel's Quail Chick
A cute but responsible moment.
From the photographer: "I scooped this guy up into a Styrofoam cup for a mug shot (no pun intended); then back with Mom before she got too excited. These guys were no more than a week old - he's less than 1 inch tall."
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A Cooper's hawk perched on a Prescott porch.
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They don't go "beep, beep" like in cartoons, but roadrunners are common in the Phoenix area.
From the photographer: "I photographed this Black Necked Stilt early on the morning of October 25th wading through the water near the south-western shore of Pond #1 at the Riparian Bird Sanctuary (Gilbert Water Ranch) in Gilbert."
From the photographer: "I photographed this Great Egret coming in to land very early on the morning of October 25th near the south-western shore of Pond #1 at the Riparian Bird Sanctuary (Gilbert Water Ranch) in Gilbert."