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Juvenile Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonicus) in New Mexico’s Bosque del Apache NWR. Harriers constantly cruise the surface of rough fields for voles. I was seated at field’s edge, waiting for one to pass closely. When this one crossed the road to another field, I went up to my truck and sat on the tailgate, while keeping my eyes on the hawk. When it recrossed near my vehicle, I was already focused. As accipiters, Harriers are incredibly agile. The instant after this shot, to avoid me, it darted behind a large tree trunk.

  • Common Loon

    On this day, I was chatting with two ladies in their kayaks, as we watched the loons. Suddenly, our conversation was interrupted by the splashing sound of this Common Loon taking to flight, I looked up to see that its course would bring it right by me. This is image 27 from a 29 frame burst. This loon had just intruded into a nesting pair’s territory (near their two chicks), was unwelcome and was now leaving. Moments later the breeding male followed it in flight, apparently to assure that it left the pond.

  • Over 90% of our passerine birds must feed their developing young, a diet of over 90% insects….or the young die. It is that simple; i.e. no middle ground, no compromise. The nestlings MUST have a diet of almost 100% insects. The American Goldfinch is an exception to this rule. AG's are granivores, almost exclusively. The young are fed mostly grains and some insects, regurgitated from the adults. The 20-30 I have living at my Maine home go absolutely nuts for fresh, "on the stem", sunflower seeds. Every day they tear my sunflower heads open and ravenously rip at the head to pluck the seeds.

  • White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

  • See the White Sands National Monument images in the galleries section.