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Osprey With Prey
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.
This is part three of a four-part gallery of Arizona birds and waterfowl.
- Birds of Phoenix - Gallery 1
- Birds of Phoenix - Gallery 2
- Birds of Phoenix - Gallery 3
- Birds of Phoenix - Gallery 4
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.Continue to 2 of 50 below.
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Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) with lunch! Photo location: Nogales Mexico at the border (Terranova Residential).Continue to 3 of 50 below.
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Burrowing owls commonly nest in burrows near irrigation ditches and canals. They are found all over Arizona.Continue to 4 of 50 below.
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Northern Cardinal in Tucson
From the photographer: "I took this picture of the Northern Cardinal at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, Tucson, AZ."Continue to 5 of 50 below.
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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.Continue to 6 of 50 below.
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Curve-billed Thrasher Eggs Hatching
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.Continue to 7 of 50 below.
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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 most common bird of prey in the Greater Phoenix area.Continue to 8 of 50 below.
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Great Horned Owls
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."Continue to 9 of 50 below.
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Doves at Home
From the photographer: "Mourning Dove family in their cactus condo, Sun Lakes, AZ. Nikon digital photo f1000 @ 6.3."Continue to 10 of 50 below.
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Roadrunner at Estrella Mountain Regional Park, located in the Southwest Valley of the Greater Phoenix area.Continue to 11 of 50 below.
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Burrowing owl in a hay field near McDowell and 115th Avenue in Avondale, AZ.Continue to 12 of 50 below.
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Busy Cactus Wren
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."Continue to 13 of 50 below.
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Western Screech Owl
From the photographer: "You never know what you'll see on a hike at Sonoran Desert Trails in Scottsdale, Arizona."Continue to 14 of 50 below.
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Mr. and Mrs. Owl
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."Continue to 15 of 50 below.
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Anna's Hummingbird enjoys a trip to a hibiscus flower at the Phoenix Zoo.Continue to 16 of 50 below.
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Cape honeysuckle attracts this hummingbird at the Phoenix Zoo.Continue to 17 of 50 below.
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American White Pelican
An American White Pelican at the Phoenix Zoo.Continue to 18 of 50 below.
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The Cactus Wren is Arizona's State Bird.
From the photographer: "I took this picture just off of Highway 88 about 5 miles east of Apache Junction."Continue to 19 of 50 below.
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Verdin, Adult and Baby
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."Continue to 20 of 50 below.
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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."Continue to 21 of 50 below.
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White-Winged Dove, Feasting
From the photographer: "White-Winged Doves feasting on ripened saguaro fruit in north east Phoenix."Continue to 22 of 50 below.
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Wild Peach Faced Lovebird and Hepatic Tanager
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."Continue to 23 of 50 below.
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Yellow Latino Lovebird
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."Continue to 24 of 50 below.
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Dinnertime For Lovebirds
From the photographer: "Dinner time with a flock of Lovebirds in my backyard of north east Phoenix."Continue to 25 of 50 below.
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House Sparrow Nesting in Saguaro Cactus
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).Continue to 26 of 50 below.
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Mother and Ducklings Go To College
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."
I have worked as a naturalist in the past, teaching science to K-12 students in wilderness settings in Southern California. I am currently in summer session at the Fulton Teachers College at ASU West. These photos were taken at the southeast corner outside the University Center building.Continue to 27 of 50 below.
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Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus). According to the photographer, roadrunners are regulars in her northeast Phoenix yard.Continue to 28 of 50 below.
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Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Male
A male Black-Chinned Hummingbird.Continue to 29 of 50 below.
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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."Continue to 30 of 50 below.
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A male Gambel's Quail in a northeast Phoenix yard.Continue to 31 of 50 below.
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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."Continue to 32 of 50 below.
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Immature Cooper's Hawk
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.Continue to 33 of 50 below.
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Male Anna's Hummingbird
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."Continue to 34 of 50 below.
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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."Continue to 35 of 50 below.
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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."Continue to 36 of 50 below.
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An attentive dove in Mesa, Arizona.Continue to 37 of 50 below.
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Curve-Billed Thrasher in Mesa, Arizona.Continue to 38 of 50 below.
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Great Blue Heron
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."Continue to 39 of 50 below.
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A Calliope Hummingbird in Glendale, AZ, landing gear out and licking strip deployed.
Would you like to submit your own photograph of a bird seen in the Phoenix area? Here's how you do it.Continue to 40 of 50 below.
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This Painted Redstart was spotted at Tonto Creek in Arizona.Continue to 41 of 50 below.
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A Bald Eagle prepares to order (or rather, capture) lunch at Woods Canyon Lake in Arizona.Continue to 42 of 50 below.
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A Bald Eagle, with a successful catch at Woods Canyon Lake.Continue to 43 of 50 below.
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Great Blue Heron
A patient Great Blue Heron poses. Woods Canyon Lake, AZ.Continue to 44 of 50 below.
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Fledgling Bald Eagle
A fledgling bald eagle has its eyes hooked on something or someone, photographed at Woods Canyon Lake.Continue to 45 of 50 below.
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Bald Eagle in Arizona
A Bald Eagle at Woods Canyon Lake. Are you looking at me?Continue to 46 of 50 below.
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A Gilded Flicker at Woods Canyon Lake.Continue to 47 of 50 below.
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Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) at Woods Canyon LakeContinue to 48 of 50 below.
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A Snowy Egret in Glendale, AZ.Continue to 49 of 50 below.
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A Canadian Goose spits a drop of water at Arrowhead Lake in Glendale, AZ.Continue to 50 of 50 below.
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Crested Head Duck
A Crested Head Duck at Arrowhead Lake in Glendale, AZ.