Desert Wildlife

April 20th, 2008, seetharam

I just got back from a day trip in extreeme southern california desert. I am happy to photograph some desert birds on blooming ocotillo plants, also nesting cactus wrens (the largest wren in North America). I took these images in a hearbeat though lighting was not in my favour.

Ash-throated Flycatcher on Ocotillo plant, Palm Desert

Cactus Wren on Ocotillo plant, Palm Desert

Nesting Cactus Wren, Palm Desert

Nesting Burrowing Owl, Salton Sea

Burrowing Owl, Salton Sea

Burrowing Owl, Salton Sea

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Snow Goose Migration and Blackbirds

April 7th, 2008, seetharam

Here are couple of images from Cibola located in the floodplain of the lower Colorado River in Sonoran desert. Winter is the best time to visit this area. It reaches 120 degrees in summer here. Thousands of Snow geese, Canada geese and sandhill cranes stop by here in winter. I live about 175 miles west of this place and often photograph here.

Snow Goose Migration
Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona

Blackbirds Landing

Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona

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A day in Sonoran Desert

March 30th, 2008, seetharam

I had a pleasure spending a day in extreme southern California desert. My interest was to photograph a male Burrowing Owl in its complete breeding plumage. It was a typical warm sunny California day. Water holes were active with the wildlife in the desert.

With few hours of driving, I have spotted a Burrowing Owl nest. I have noticed a male peeking out every few seconds to defend its territory and breeding. I have decided to get down on the dirt with tripod set to very low. I was shooting with Canon 600 IS lens and Canon EOS 5D with 1.4 tele converter. As I have decent reach with long lens, I distanced myself enough not to disturb the bird and its breeding activity.

After 3 hours of wait, the male came out with its typical “who who” call. Very soon I realized that it is trying to defend the territory. I did not want disturb him any longer. So, I grabbed few shots and moved on to photograph other birds.

It was quite a thrilling experience. Here are couple of wallpapers from the session.


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