Additions to Collections: Some 2014 Favorites

Gila Woodpecker at Nest Hole, Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Gila Woodpecker at Cavity Nest in Saguaro, Saguaro National Park, Arizona. We stopped briefly at this majestic park between visits to Madera Canyon and Cave Creek Canyon. Canon EOS 7D/600mm f/4L IS (+1.4x TC). High-speed synchronized fill-flash.

It’s time, once again, to reflect on the most recent year in the field. As always, we focused on birds doing what they do. Please take a look!

Two juvenile Great Egret nestlings taking a short break from fighting.
Juvenile Great Egrets caught in a “Muppet moment.” Given this image alone, you might conjure up images of the sweet and hapless Beaker, from the Muppet Show. Don’t be fooled… Most of the time, these nestlings are engaged in a brutal, continual battle for dominance, especially when the adult returns to the nest with food. The Rookery at Smith Oaks Sanctuary, High Island, Texas. Canon EOS 7D/500mm f/4L IS (+1.4x TC). Natural light.

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.—Leonardo da Vinci

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