I captured this Ferruginous Hawk in flight over an open field in New Mexico. I did not recognize what kind of hawk I was watching until another bird photographer at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge asked if I had seen that Ferruginous Hawk. Identification of this handsome, unusual Hawk without the guidance of a fellow bird photographer would have been impossible. Ferruginous means “rust colored” and this Ferruginous Hawk is a light-morph with a very pale body.
I observed this Great Kiskadee feeding on red berries. The Great Kiskadee is a Tyrant-fly catcher. They feed on flying insects in the air and also catch lizards from trees and dive for fish like kingfishers. Kiskadees also eat berries, so I was hoping this Kiskadee would swoop down and capture this berry as it slipped from his beak because they are so proficient at feeding on the wing, but he just let it drop. I suppose there were too many alternative choices to eat, and this falling berry wasn’t worth the flight effort.
This beautiful Male Northern Cardinal posed on this flowery branch with red berries. He is so attractive as he touched down on this branch. I’m uncertain if the red berries appealed to him or the gigantic ants that have likewise discovered the berries! I am grateful he granted me a photograph in this specific spot, regardless of the purpose of his interest.
These two Crested Caracara touched down on the same branch on an extremely cloudy day in South Texas. This Adult and Juvenile Crested Caracara look like they are enjoying a discussion about something surely significant, like where is the closest food? The Crested Caracara is a huge bird of prey and they frequently follow vultures to feed on carrion but they also catch live small animals and birds. Crested Caracara are not common in the United States, found only in South Texas and a small area of Florida, so it made me smile to discover these two perched on the same limb.
The Northern Mockingbird is widespread in most of the United States. They are extremely territorial and make themselves clearly visible and freely heard. The Mockingbird mimics other birds and learn new songs throughout their entire life. I discovered this Northern Mockingbird picking a yellow berry, practically dropping it.