Mark's Blog

Spring is a great time to find birds fresh back from their migration and usually in their colourful breeding plumage. Once back and quickly re-nourished, they waste little time in courtship and breeding, which in turn presents some great photographic opportunities as they become so pre-occupied with this ritual ...than paying attention to my presence.

It's been a long winter and i've had this hankering to head south and photo some desert critters (since it is one of the items on my bucket list) and so i jumped at the opportunity offered by my friend Bruce Taubert in Arizona whom I recently hosted up here in our frozen North to photograph Snowy Owls. Bruce has lived around Phoenix area for many years and aside from being an amazing photographer specializing in remote sensor photography, he has a real good handle on his local flora and fauna. Thanks to his help I was able to locate and capture some great images of his local critters. 

Wood Ducks

April 06, 2013

These little ducks are some of our more colourful if not stunning ducks and one of my personal favourite next to the elegant pintail. Finding them is the trick though as their name indicates, they do like to frequent the wooded areas with small shallow ponds. They are one o fthe few ducks equipped with strong claws to grip tree bark and branches since they nest in small holes in trees high above the ground. 

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