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Tubac Hawk Watch   Leave a comment

This is the time of year to witness migrating birds passing through the southeastern Arizona area. Among them is the common black hawk.

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Tubac Hawk Watch-1342Even without the “big gun” lens some of my raptor photographer friends have, I have wanted to go to the Tubac Hawk Watch, which I was able to do this past Tuesday with Bill Kaufman.

I expected to be outgunned, by not having anything over 300+ mm lens, I still gave it my best shot.

Bill and I arrived about 8:15 am at the Ron Morriss Park in Tubac. Most of the birds of prey usually start taking flight between 9:00 am and noon, so we were surprised when some started coming out of the tree-line to the east minutes after we had arrived.

“Black Hawk Up”! “Black Hawk Up”! Became the cry as birders pointed cameras and binoculars to the sky.

Knowing that such a flight pattern near the tree-line would be good for me and my lesser lens (28-300 mm), I had already moved to a position near the tree-line. Even so, my images don’t begin to match up to the more powerful lenses.

Here’s one of my images, followed by one Bill Kaufman took.

Common Black Hawk-1287 blogImage by kenne

Common Black Hawk_Tubac Hawk Watch-20180313_0018_bImage by Bill Kaufman

 

 

Tubac Hawk Watch-1351 blogNed Harris, seated in the middle,
is my Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist mentor
and excellent raptor photographer.
Several of his photos are in Pete Dunne’s book, Birds of Prey.”

Tubac Hawk Watch-1353 blogBill Kaufman is second from the left.

untitled-1350.jpgImages by kenne

To force the pace and never to be still
Is not the way of those who study birds
Or women. The best poets wait for words.
The hunt is not an exercise of will
But patient love relaxing on a hill
To note the movement of a timid wing;
Until the one who knows that she is loved
No longer waits but risks surrendering –
In this the poet finds his moral proved
Who never spoke before his spirit moved.

— from “Poet, Lover, Birdwatcher” by Nissim Ezekiel

 

 

Ned Harris and Friends Nature Walk   10 comments

Group Shot (1 of 1) blog framed

Wild Flowers On Mt. Lemmon (List compiled by SCVN member, Anne Green.) — Images by kenne (July 30, 2014)
(Click on any of the tiled images to see larger view in a slideshow format. You can also click here to see a full-screen slideshow on Flickr.)

Ned Harris & Friends Nature Walk On Mt. Lemmon

Capturing The Moment — Scarlet Darter Dragonfly   7 comments

Sabino Canyon August 7 2013Scarlet Darter Dragonfly — Image by kenne (To see excellent photos of dragonflies and creatures of flight, check out Ned Harris’ Flickr account.)

The Copper Dragonfly

the transparent wings of
the copper dragonfly
yet another mirror
through the sky

— Stu Harley

 

Capturing The Moment — Little Lemonhead   Leave a comment

Ned's Nature Walk -- 01-1-09-13Little Lemonhead — Image by kenne

Winter brings its own beauty, but flowers are not usually part of the picture. In the Santa Catalina foothills of the Sonoran Desert there exist a plant with small yellow heads with narrow yellow rays. The above image was taken yesterday in the Sabino Canyon riparian area near the Sabino Canyon Dam.

Another image of this plant, by Ned Harris, can be viewed on Ann Green’s blog, Sabino Canyon.

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When I Grow Up, I Want To Be As Good As Ned!   Leave a comment

 

Ned Harris is my Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist (SCVN) mentor. He is also a super photographer. So, one might ask, why am I posting one of my photos with one of his photos? Yes, it does seem crazy! But, there is a “method to my madness.” 

First, I want to share an example Ned’s photo skills and urge you to visit his Flickr site (Ned Harris’ Photostream) to see more of the Gray Hawk pictured below and many other excellent raptor photos — he’s one of the best!

Second, as Ned knows, wildlife photography is all about being at the right place at the right time, and that’s not all luck. You have to help make things happen.

Yesterday we both were out trying to be in the “right place at the right time” — I in Sabino Canyon, Ned in Aravaipa Canyon. As I was walking in the riparian area above the Sabino Canyon Dam, I saw a Copper’s Hawk above me and quickly readied my camera to capture the moment — in the split second I took the shot the hawk dove back and down away from me. To be correct, I wasn’t as ready as I should have been, which you can tell from the image below.

Ned, however, is driving down the road and sees a gray hawk on a telephone cable.  As he slows down to pull over, he turns of the SUV engine, to reduce noise, coming to a stop. Sliding over from the driver’s seat, with camera in hand, he takes some stunning images.

Talk about “right place, right time,” but more important he has the camera instinct to create those moments we all hope for when we put a camera in our hands. 

kenne

Copper’s Hawk In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Gray Hawk with Desert Spiny Lizard — Image by Ned Harris

 

Mesquite Girdler — A Landscape Architect   4 comments

The Work of a Mesquite Girdler — Image by kenne

This image is almost identical to one on Ann Green’s blog, Sabino Canyon, taken by naturalist Bob Wenwick, which is not surprising since we were on the same nature walk yesterday. Ned Harris probably has an identical image. It was naturalist Fred Heath that spotted the work of the mesquite girdler on the Bluff Trail above Sabino Creek.

This small beetle plays a big role in shaping the landscape, and being new to the desert, this is what I have learned from my naturalist friends — the female beetle chew a deep groove around the diameter of a mesquite stem, and the resulting girdle kills the stem beyond the groove, where she will lay an egg. The larval offspring bore into the dead wood. Thus, this little beetle effectively prunes mesquite trees helping shape the desert landscape — probably more than you ever wanted to know. What else would you expect from a convert!

kenne

Ned Harris — Nature and Aviation Photographer   Leave a comment


Ned Harris — Image by kenne

If you like excellent nature and aviation photos, then you need to check out the work  of Ned Harris on Flickr.  Ned a is retired Aerospace Engineer, a Sabino Canyon Volunteer Nationalist (SCVN) and photographer. He also just happens to be my SCVN mentor — I’m getting a two-for-one deal as I go through the SCVN training. 

kenne

Ned Harris Photographing Smartweed On The Sabino Creek Dam — Image by kenne

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