Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

July 29, 2009

Chihuahuan Desert Bird Guide

Filed under: Birds, Desert Botanical Gardens, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch — richditch @ 9:34 pm
Chihuahuan Desert bird guide front cover

Chihuahuan Desert bird guide front cover

I just received a copy of a nice birding guide booklet from the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory that uses a couple of my photos. It’s a small pocket guide to birds of the Chihuahuan Desert. The guides will be handed out free of charge to landowners and land managers in northern Mexico to promote bird conservation. This Spanish-language guide shows 57 species, with information about how to identify them and information about their diet, habitat preferences, and conservation needs.

Chihuahuan Desert bird guide back cover

Chihuahuan Desert bird guide back cover

Its a great conservation cause with fine sponsoring organizations, and I’m proud to be included among the other first rate photographers whose images appear in this high quality booklet. These cover shots are by Doug Backlund.

The photos of mine included in this guide are:

Burrowing Owl at Gilbert Water Ranch

Burrowing Owl at Gilbert Water Ranch

This Burrowing Owl was photographed at the Water Ranch in Gilbert, AZ, in September 2005. There was a small population of owls that had been relocated to the Water Ranch when their homes had been pre-empted by urban expansion around metro Phoenix. Unfortunately the owls aren’t present any longer: they either fell prey to the large feral cat population or didn’t like all the pressure from the steady stream of visitors.

Nikon D70, 300/2.8 plus TC20E 2x converter, ISO 200, 1/40th second at f/8.

Lesser Nighthawk at Desert Botanical Gardens

Lesser Nighthawk at Desert Botanical Gardens

This Lesser Nighthawk with two chicks was photographed at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. I’ve written about this wonderful encounter here before.

D70, 300/2.8 plus TC14E 1.4x converter, ISO 200, 1/60th second at f/16, fill flash from Nikon SB-800.

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