Category Archives: Photos of Fauna

A favourite photo of something from the animal kingdom; from my collection.

Wasps, Vancouver BC

Taking photos on the D-Day anniversary, in a completely unsustainable crouch, I got distant shots of skittish wasps: tiny images even at max zoom.

Not all photos are great art.  And that’s OK.

Wasp flattened against leaf.

Belly flop!

 

Wasp tangled up with stalk of lupin

Who put this lupin in my flight path?

 

Wasp landing head first on leaf

Face plant!

 

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Western Grebe, Gilbert AZ

Sitting on the shore of an artificial pond at Gilbert Water Ranch, I hear an odd tone that I’ve never heard before.  As it gets closer, I get more excited.  What can it be?

As the bird floats into view only a few feet from me, I realize that I don’t know it.  Woohoo!   Continue reading

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Gambel’s Quail, Gilbert AZ

Gilbert Water Ranch has been the site of many hours of photographic fun, mostly chasing water birds.

But it also has its fair share of the regular occupants of the desert and sometimes they’re close enough to warrant a picture.  I usually see these guys zooming along the ground, in and out of cover, top-knot feather bobbing, but they do sometimes hang out –  and sit more-or-less still –  in the trees.

Profile view of Gambel's quail in a tree of bare branches

 

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Gecko, Gilbert AZ

At the same resting spot as I executed my leaves-through-time project, I saw something only after it moved on another nearby tree.  It was not a spider or a snake.  Hurray.

These little guys (and gals, I presume) move fast enough and are skittish enough that I have trouble getting close enough and focused enough before they’re off again.  But it’s fun to try.

Brown gecko camouflaged against rugged tree bark.

 

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American Wigeon, Gilbert AZ

I remember my excitement the first time I saw this bird in the sense of realizing it was a new bird for me.

I still enjoy watching them at the artificial fishing pond about a block from our winter rental hone, and trying out various photographic techniques on them.

American wigeon landing on pond, wings outstretched and water spraying.

 

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