Birds of Phoenix - Gallery 3

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    Osprey With Prey

    Osprey in Mesa
    Mesa, Arizona. © Tim Wright, used with permission

    The images in this Phoenix Bird Photo Gallery were taken mostly in the Greater Phoenix area and submitted by local residents, or people who were visiting the area.

    Pictured here, the osprey with its prey seen in Mesa, near US 60 and Superstition Springs Blvd. The osprey is a relatively common bird of prey (otherwise known as a raptor) that catches fish by diving into lakes and rivers.

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    Greater Roadrunner

    Arizona Roadrunner
    © Orlando Estrada, used with permission

    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) with lunch! Photo location: Nogales Mexico at the border (Terranova Residential).

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    Burrowing Owl

    Burrowing Owl in Phoenix Arizona
    © Delane Patton, used with permission

    Burrowing owls commonly nest in burrows near irrigation ditches and canals. They are found all over Arizona.

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    Northern Cardinal in Tucson

    Northern Cardinal in Tucson Arizona
    Northern Cardinal © Donn Hamm, used with permission

    This picture of the Northern Cardinal was shot at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, Tucson, AZ.

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    Curve-billed Thrasher

    Curve-billed Thrasher Building a Nest
    Dwight McFarland, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    I have a Cholla Cactus outside my office window in Laveen. The birds built the nest and I was able to photograph from inside the house as they were building the nest.

    Laveen is an urban village within the City of Phoenix.

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    Curve-billed Thrasher Eggs Hatching

    Curve-billed Thrasher Eggs Hatching
    Dwight McFarland, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    I was able to periodically take photographs of the nest, eggs, and chicks so as not to disturb the parents. Eggs, laid three only 2 hatched. I have photos of the chicks through their development to adulthood.

    This photograph is the continuation of the Curve-billed Thrasher nest building, the previous picture in this gallery.

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    Red-tailed Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk Picture
    Mike Murray, used with permission.

    This beautiful bird, a Red-tailed Hawk, was photographed at Chandler Blvd. and McClintock in Chandler, AZ.

    According to the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix, the Red-tailed Hawk is the most common bird of prey in the Greater Phoenix area.

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    Great Horned Owls

    Great Horned Owls
    © Bret Rower, used with permission

    These two young Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus) were photographed at McDowell Mountain Regional Park near Fountain Hills, Arizona.

    From The Owl Pages:

    [Great Horned Owls] do not build a nest of their own but utilise the nests of other birds such as the hawk, crow and heron....Normally, two to four eggs are laid and incubated by the female only for 26-35 days.

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    Doves at Home

    Mourning Dove family in their cactus condo
    Ev Rockwood, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    Mourning Dove family in their cactus condo, Sun Lakes, AZ.

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    Roadrunner

    Roadrunner in West Phoenix
    © Carol Shaw, used with permission

    Roadrunner at Estrella Mountain Regional Park, located in the Southwest Valley of the Greater Phoenix area.

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    Burrowing Owl

    Burrowing owl in Avondale, AZ
    © Carol Shaw, used with permission

    Burrowing owl in a hay field near McDowell and 115th Avenue in Avondale, AZ.

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    Busy Cactus Wren

    Cactus Wren in Phoenix
    © Lynne Parrish, used with permission

    The Cactus Wren is Arizona's State Bird.

    From the photographer:

    ...a very ambitious cactus wren--he was hopping from cactus to cactus looking for some good eats.

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    Western Screech Owl

    Western Screech Owl
    © Gary Wojton, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    You never know what you'll see on a hike at Sonoran Desert Trails in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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    Mr. and Mrs. Owl

    Pair of Owls in Scottsdale, Arizona
    © Allison Main, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    [In early November] a huge owl showed up in our pine tree. Last night he brought a friend. We call them Mr. and Mrs. Owl. They are so big and majestic...and our black labs are absolutely crazy when then appear every night at dusk.

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    Anna's Hummingbird

    Anna's Hummingbird at Hibiscus
    © John Bergez, used with permission

    Anna's Hummingbird enjoys a trip to a hibiscus flower at the Phoenix Zoo.

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    Anna's Hummingbird

    hummingbird at the Phoenix Zoo
    © John Bergez, used with permission

    Cape honeysuckle attracts this hummingbird at the Phoenix Zoo.

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    American White Pelican

    American White Pelican at the Phoenix Zoo
    © John Bergez, used with permission

    An American White Pelican at the Phoenix Zoo.

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    Cactus Wren

    Cactus Wren
    © Jack Gamble, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    I took this picture just off of Highway 88 about 5 miles east of Apache Junction.

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    Verdin, Adult and Baby

    Verdin, Adult and Baby
    © LissC, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    I started taking photos when a Verdin couple laid a nest in one of my planters. They were so cute they inspired me to start photographing them.

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    Peachfaced Lovebird

    peachfaced lovebird
    © LissC, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    ...a peachfaced lovebird landed in my tree. I didn't even know we had them in Arizona! So I have been snapping pictures like crazy of them in my feeder and trees. I have also been photographing them in the park.

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    White-Winged Dove, Feasting

    White-Winged Dove feasting in Phoenix Arizona
    © Sheryl Huss Walker, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    White-Winged Doves feasting on ripened saguaro fruit in northeast Phoenix.

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    Wild Peach Faced Lovebird and Hepatic Tanager

    Wild Peach Faced Lovebird and Hepatic Tanager
    © Sheryl Huss Walker, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    ... photos taken in my backyard in northeast Phoenix. I am very fortunate to have these beautiful wild Lovebirds come into my yard every morning and evening. I've had up to 40 at a time my own little paradise.

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    Yellow Latino Lovebird

    Yellow Latino Lovebird Picture
    © Sheryl Huss Walker, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    ...beautiful mother Yellow Latino Lovebird and her baby with the dark spot on the top of the beak along with another Lovebird.

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    Dinnertime For Lovebirds

    flock of Lovebirds
    © Sheryl Huss Walker, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    Dinner time with a flock of Lovebirds in my backyard of northeast Phoenix.

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    House Sparrow Nesting in Saguaro Cactus

    house sparrow feeding its young in a saguaro nest
    © Orlando Estrada, used with permission

    This photo of a house sparrow feeding its young in a saguaro nest was taken in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico near the Arizona border (Terranova Residential).

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    Mother and Ducklings Go To College

    Mother and Ducklings Go To College
    © Natalie Gagnon, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    I am a grad student at Arizona State University. This is a photo of 'visitors' to the ASU West campus last week. I was running late and hurrying to class when I came upon this mallard mom accompanying her brood across campus. Of course, I had to stop and take some shots - so I got out my cell phone. Mom protectively hissed at me when I got too close and her ducklings knew to quietly gather near her for safety. Last semester, I spotted a mallard couple enjoying the pool in the Sands building courtyard. Perhaps this is the product of their romance.

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    Greater Roadrunner

    Greater Roadrunner in Phoenix
    © Sheryl Huss Walker, used with permission

    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus). According to the photographer, roadrunners are regulars in her northeast Phoenix yard.

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    Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Male

    A male Black-Chinned Hummingbird.
    © Sheryl Huss Walker, used with permission

    A male Black-Chinned Hummingbird.

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    White-Crowned Sparrow

    White-Crowned Sparrow
    © Sheryl Huss Walker, used with permission

    From the photographer: "The White-Crowned Sparrow is a regular in my backyard. Because of the roof rat problem we have in Phoenix during the winter I use squirrel proof feeders hanging from squirrel proof posts."

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    Gambel’s Quail

    A male Gambel’s Quail in a northeast Phoenix yard.
    © Sheryl Huss Walker, used with permission

    A male Gambel's Quail in a northeast Phoenix yard.

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    Anna's Hummingbird

    Birds Seen in the Greater Phoenix Area
    © Darlene Zybura, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    I think it may be an immature male? I took the photo of this Anna's Hummingbird in my backyard in Scottsdale last week. I live near Indian School Road and the 101 Freeway.

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    Immature Cooper's Hawk

    Cooper's Hawk
    © Isabel Theile Graves, used with permission.

    You can tell that this Cooper's Hawk is young by the streaks of brown on its chest. As they become adults, those streaks become finer, reddish bars. Location: Sonoran Mountain Ranch in Peoria, AZ.

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    Male Anna's Hummingbird

    Male Anna's Hummingbird
    © B.J. Dutcher, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    Male Anna's Hummingbird regularly drinks from our patio feeder daily and displays his crimson iridescent feathers. Shot at 1/4000 sec. in north Scottsdale.

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    Hummingbird

    West Phoenix hummingbird
    John Steiner, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    This hummingbird is a daily visitor on two palm trees in a neighbor's backyard. The photo was taken in the late afternoon and I positioned the camera so that I could get light onto the bird, taken using a 300mm zoom lens.

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    Hummingbird

    male Anna's Hummingbird
    © John Seiner, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    This male Anna's Hummingbird had never been around until we added a feeder and now he guards the feeder from nearby.

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    Dove

    dove in Mesa, Arizona
    © Carrie Gray, Mesa, AZ, used with permission

    An attentive dove in Mesa, Arizona.

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    Curve-Billed Thrasher

    Curve-Billed Thrasher in Mesa, Arizona.
    © Carrie Gray, Mesa, AZ, used with permission

    Curve-Billed Thrasher in Mesa, Arizona.

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    Great Blue Heron

    great blue heron
    © Lynne Parrish, used with permission

    From the photographer:

    A great blue heron. There is a huge tree that they use as a rookery on South 91st Avenue near the Tres Rios Wetlands.

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    Calliope Hummingbird

    Calliope Hummingbird
    © Steve Franklin, used with permission

    A Calliope Hummingbird in Glendale, AZ, landing gear out and licking strip deployed.

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    Painted Redstart

    Painted Redstart
    © Steve Franklin, used with permission

    This Painted Redstart was spotted at Tonto Creek in Arizona.

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    Bald Eagle

    Bald Eagle
    © Steve Franklin, used with permission

    A Bald Eagle prepares to order (or rather, capture) lunch at Woods Canyon Lake in Arizona.

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    Bald Eagle

    Bald Eagle with fish
    © Steve Franklin, used with permission

    A Bald Eagle, with a successful catch at Woods Canyon Lake.

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    Great Blue Heron

    Great Blue Heron
    © Steve Franklin, used with permission

    A patient Great Blue Heron poses. Woods Canyon Lake, AZ.

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    Fledgling Bald Eagle

    fledgling bald eagle
    © Steve Franklin, used with permission

    A fledgling bald eagle has its eyes hooked on something or someone, photographed at Woods Canyon Lake.

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    Bald Eagle in Arizona

    © Steve Franklin, used with permission

    A Bald Eagle at Woods Canyon Lake. Are you looking at me?

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    Gilded Flicker

    Gilded Flicker
    © Steve Franklin, used with permission

    A Gilded Flicker at Woods Canyon Lake.

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    Acorn Woodpecker

    Acorn Woodpecker
    © Steve Franklin, used with permission

    Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) at Woods Canyon Lake.

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    Snowy Egret

    Snowy Egret
    © Steve Franklin, used with permission

     A Snowy Egret in Glendale, AZ.

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    Canadian Goose

    Canadian Goose
    © Steve Franklin, used with permission

     A Canadian Goose spits a drop of water at Arrowhead Lake in Glendale, AZ.

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    Crested Head Duck

    Crested Head Duck
    © Steve Franklin, used with permission

    A Crested Head Duck at Arrowhead Lake in Glendale, AZ.