A Photographic Big Year for the Birds- Throughout 2013 I will photograph as many bird species as possible in a "Photographic Big Year". I'm aiming for 500. The purpose of this big year and blog is to raise awareness and donations for the American Bird Conservancy's work with endangered birds in Hawaii. Please consider supporting their effort. Click on the "Donate" tab below for more information.
May 27th, 2013- Our last few hours in Arizona.
After camping along Proctor Road, we drove up to check out Madera Canyon. On
the way I heard a Varied Bunting singing along the road. These birds are
stunning, especially in the morning light!
Madera Canyon was quiet, so we didn’t spend much time there.
However, on our way out, we heard a Botteri’s Sparrow singing. This was another
bird I figured I would miss. It sang from the fence and allowed stunning looks!
It was also accompanied by a few Black-throated Sparrows.
We had one more stop to make as we worked our way north to
Nevada. We stopped at Encanto Park, a place I had seen Rosy-faced Lovebirds.
The ABA checklist committee recently decided they are established and now
countable. It didn’t take long to find our target, and my 700th ABA
area bird. This was a huge milestone for me. I just wish it wasn’t Rosy-faced
Lovebird, but what can ya do.
It was time for Kevin and I to start driving toward Fallon,
Nevada which was a solid 12 hour drive. A whole new suite of birds were waiting
in the Nevada mountains.
If you are enjoying the blog, please remember that the goal
of this photographic big year is to raise awareness and pledges for the
conservation work that the American Bird Conservancy does in Hawaii. Every
little bit helps. See here for more details.