Photo Gallery « back to albumBirds Acorn WoodpeckerAcorn Woodpecker, ArizonaAcorn WoodpeckerAcorn Woodpecker in Arizona.Acorn Woodpecker feedingAcorn Woodpecker at feeder, Arizona.Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) adult at nest, MayAltamira Oriole leaving nestAltamira Oriole perched on mesquite limb, s. Texas.Altamira Oriole perched on mesquite limb, s. Texas.Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) adult(s) leaving nest after feeding young, south Texas, JuneAltamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) adult(s) feeding young at nest, south Texas, JuneAltamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) adult, in trees by the Rio Grande, south TexasAmerican Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) in flight, winterAmerican Wigeon (Anas americanus) drake landing, autumnAmerican Wigeon (Anas americana) male calling, winterAmerican Wigeon (Anas americana) drake landing, winterAmerican Wigeon (Anas americana) drake in flight, winterAmerican Wigeon male landingAmerican Wigeon male in flightAnhinga (Anhinga anhinga) drying and preening feathers, autumnAnhinga (Anhinga anhinga) drying and preening, s. Texas, winterAnhinga (Anhinga anhinga) female drying feathers with snowy egret in background, s. Texas, autumnAplomado Falcon landing on yucca flower stalk at Laguna Atascosa NWR, Texas.Aplomado Falcon adult circling nest, endangered species, Laguna Atascos NWR, TexasEndangered Species, aplomado falcon in flight, s. Texas.Endangered Species, Aplomado Falcon adult perched on fence post, s. TexasArizona Woodpecker, male feedingArizona Woodpecker, female perchedAudubon's orioleAudubon's Oriole bathing in s. Texas pondAudubon's Oriole in s. TexasAudubon's Oriole landingAudubon's Oriole on huisachillo branch, s. TexasAmerican Avocets in winterBald Eagle and blackbirdsBald Eagle flying with nest material, Llano, TexasBald Eagle in flight, TexasBald Eagle with northern pintail.Bald Eagles, adults fighting over duck killBald Eagle (Haliaetus leucocephalus) adult in flight, boreal forest, British ColumbiaBaltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) male, springBaltimore Oriole female feeding on Coral Bean nectarBaltimore Oriole male feeding on Fiddlewood fruits.Baltimore Oriole male perched in wildflowers; spring migration.Baltimore Oriole male perchedBaltimore Oriole male perched.Baltimore Oriole, male perchedBaltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) male feeding on Anacua fruits, s. Texas, springBaltimore Oriole male on fence wire.Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Los Ebanos Ranch, Tamaulipas, MexicoBare-throated Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum) in an ebony-forest wetland near the Gulf of Mexico, Rancho Los Ebanos, Tepeguaje, Tamaulipas, MexicoBarn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) on fence, migrationBarred OwlBarred Owl in flightBarred Owl, Caddo Lake, TexasBarred Owl (Stryx varia), adult in old growth eastern U.S. forest with Spanish Moss, Caddo Lake, Texas, springBarred Owl (Stryx varia), adult in old growth eastern U.S. forest with Spanish Moss, Caddo Lake, Texas, springBay-breasted Warbler in fiddlewood, South Padre Island, TexasBay-breasted Warbler, SPIWarbler, bay-breasted, male foraging, springBelted Kingfisher on hunting perch, TexasBelted Kingfisher with dragonfly larvae, TexasAmerican Bittern standingAmerican Bittern stalking in marshAmerican BitternAmerican Bittern camouflaged in rushes.Black Skimmer landing on South Padre Island tidal flat, TexasBlack Skimmer pair during breeding season, Galveston, TexasBlack Skimmers (Rynchops niger) feeding at daybreak on flat pondBlack Skimmers at sunsetBlack Vulture landing on rehabilitator's armBlack and White Warbler, male perched, springBlack and white warbler foraging.Black-bellied Plover on beach in the lower Laguna Madre, TexasBlack-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygnus autumnalis) at s. Texas pond, summerBlack-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) babies walking to water, s. TexasBlack-bellied Whistling Ducks landing in mesquite, s. TexasBlack-bellied Whistling Ducks, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, TexasBlack-bellied Plover at takeoff from beach.Black-bellied Plover feeding on wet beach habitat, Gulf of Mexico, winter.Black-bellied Plover flushingBlack-bellied Whistling Ducks in flightBlack-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) babies resting on log by pond, s. TexasBlack-billed Cuckoo resting in thicketBlack-capped Vireo in juniperblack-chinned hummingbirdBlack-chinned HummingbirdBlack-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) juvenile male hoveringBlack-chinned Hummingbird at Turk's Cap flower, south TexasBlack-chinned Hummingbird feeding at ornamental flower, s. TexasBlack-chinned Hummingbird hovering at Turk's Cap flowers, s. TexasBlack-chinned Hummingbird hovering at Turk's Cap flowers, s. TexasBlack-chinned Hummingbird hovering, s. TexasBlack-chinned Hummingbirds feeding at bull thistleBlack-chinned Hummingbird, male feeding at salvia flowers, Davis Mountains, TexasBlack-crested Titmouse pair feeding.Black-crested Titmouse on south Texas ranchBlack-crested Titmouse ready to bathe in south Texas ranch pondblack-crested titmouse, maleBlack-headed Saltator (Saltator atriceps) adule perched on limb, Tamaulipas, Mexico, FebruaryBlack-necked Stilts in flight, south Texas.Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) adult, feeding, pond, s. Texas, springBlack-tailed Gnatcatcher singing, s. Texas, MayBlack-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) perched on forked limb, s. TexasBlack-throated Sparrow (Spizella atrogularis) bathing, s. Texas pond, springBlack-throated Green Warbler foraging for insects.Black-throated Sparrow perched on Yucca pods.Blackpoll on perch, SPI, Texasblackpoll warbler (Dendroica striata) male, springBlack Vulture perched with Turkey Vulture (right), Texas.Black Skimmer feeding at sunriseBlack Skimmer reflected on calm water as it feedsBlack Skimmers in flightBlack Skimmer (Rhynchops niger) skimming in Laguna Madre as a Reddish Egret watchesBlack Skimmer (Rhynchops niger) in winter plumage fishing on the Laguna Madre near South Padre Island, TexasBlack Vulture searching for food in turtle shellBlue Bird leaving nest boxBlue Grosbeak male by pondBlue Grosbeak male in black brushBlue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) adult, autumnadult blue jay eating acorns, north Texas, DecemberBlue Jay eating acorns, winter, TexasBlue Jay eating bread crumbs after snowblue jay in winterBlue Jay on a tree stump, eastern U.S., spring, adultblue jay with pecan in winter, wichita falls, texasBlue Jay, spring, adultBlue Jays eating acorns, winter, TexasBlue Grosbeak at pond with Northern Mockingbird, s. Texas.Blue Grosbeak male foragingBlue Grosbeak male bathingBoat-billed Heron (Cochlearius cochlearius) perched in roost over small stream at Rancho Los Ebanos near Tepeguaje, Tamaulipas, Mexico on the Gulf of MexicoBoat-billed Heron (cochlearius cochlearius) perched in roost over small stream at Rancho Los Ebanos near Tepeguaje, Tamaulipas, Mexico on the Gulf of MexicoBotteri's Sparrow (Aimophila botterii), male singing on territory, spring, s. TexasBroad-tailed Hummingbird, male landing, Colorado, JuneBroad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) male, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, MayBronzed CowbirdBronzed Cowbird (Molothrus aeneus) male at s. Texas pond, sunsetBrown Jay adultBrown Pelican in flightBrown Pelican beginning his take-off near Rockport, TexasBrown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) adult, winter sunsetBrown Pelican, adult, Texas coast, winterBrown Pelican resting at sunset, Rockport, Texas, winterbrown pelican eating fish partsBrown Pelican in a dive while fishing on the Texas coast, winterJuvenile Brown Pelican in flight, Texas coastBrown Pelican on the Gulf of Mexico beach at South Padre Island, Texas, OctoberBrown Pelicans and gull in flight, South Padre Island, sunriseBrown Pelicans in flightBrown Pelicans resting on pilings, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Texas.Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) adult, head view, Gulf of Mexico, Texas coast, winterBrown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) diving for fish, Texas coast, winter, adult at Goose Island State ParkBrown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), Texas gulf coast, chasing fish in Laguna Madre at South Padre Island, winterBrown Pelican juvenile flying over the surf, Gulf of Mexico at South Padre Island, Texas, sunriseBrown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) in flight, Goose Island State Park, at Rockport, Texas. Rockport motto:"Charm of the Texas coast".Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), Texas coast, winter, sunning on a pier, Rockport, TexasBrown Thrasher, spring, North CarolinaBrown-Headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) adult maleBrown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) males, s. TexasBrown Jay (Cyanocorax morio) immature, Rancho Los Ebanos near Tepeguaje, Tamaulipas, Mexicobuff-bellied hummingbirdBuff-bellied HummingbirdBuff-bellied Hummingbird at Turk's Cap flower, s. TexasBuff-bellied Hummingbird, adult in flightBuff-bellied Hummingbird nectaring at blooms of Coral Bean on South Padre Island, Texas, spring migration, MayBuff-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia yucatanensis) adult hovering; species is common resident of the Sabal Palm Sanctuary near Brownsville, TexasBullock's OrioleBullock's Oriole, young male at s. Texas pondBurrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) emerging from rocky cover to begin an evening hunt, Mission, TexasBurrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) adult perched on large rock amid shadows at sunset, s. Texas, winter.Burrowing Owl on fence postCactus Wren with sulphur butterfly, s. Texas, SpringCaliope Hummingbird maleCalliope Hummingbird, male, JuneCanada Goose (Branta canadensis),wildflowers on lake shore, Oklahoma, JuneCanada goose and mallard roostingCanada Goose (Branta canadensis) pair landing on Rio Grande in north central New Mexico, DecemberResident Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) grazing on the shores of Lake Arrowhead (State Park) near Wichita Falls, Texas; springCarolina Chickadee calling from perch, North Carolina, spirngCarolina Chickadee on a grapevine, singing, east TexasCarolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) building nest in exterior wall decoration on home, springCarolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) building nest in exterior wall decoration on home, springCarolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) building nest in exterior wall decoration on home, springCarolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) building nest in exterior wall decoration on home, springCaspian Tern with fish for its mate, Galveston Bay, Texas, springCaspian Tern, nesting colony, adult carrying fish to mate, bonding,Caspian Terns (Sterna caspia) readying to fly, s. Texas beach, Gulf of Mexico, autumnCattle Egrets on roostCedar Waxwing on a granjeno bush in south Texas, winterChestnut-sided Warbler, SPI, springChipping Sparrow, McClelland Ranch, Junction, TexasCinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) male in pond surrounded by cattails, springClapper Rail callingClapper Rail in SPI marsh, autumnClapper Rail (Rallus longirostris) swimming, Laguna Madre, South Padre Island, TexasClapper Rail (Rallus mexicanus) at the edge of a salt marsh, South Padre Island World Birding Center, sunset, winterClark's Grebes (Aechmophorus clarkii) pair, winter, west TexasClay-colored Thrush perched on tree limbCommon Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) at nest, MayCommon Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) in flight, MayCommon Flicker (Yellow-shafted) at Laguna Seca Ranch north of Edinburg, Texascommon goldeneyeCommon Ground Dove in wildflowers, s. TexasCommon Ground Doves drinking at s. Texas pondCommon Ground-Doves landing, s. TexasCommon Loon (Gavia immer) on foggy lake, British Columbia, JuneCommon Loon (Gavia immer) on lake near Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, JuneCommon Loon on nest, JuneCommon Loon on nest, Junecommon merganserCommon Mergansers swimming in Lower Laguna Madre, s. Texas coast, winter.common merganserCommon Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor), in flight, drinking, s. Texas, summerCommon Nighthawk on South Padre Island beachCommon Yellowthroat bathingCommon Yellowthroat male singingCommon Yellowthroat, maleCommon Yellowthroat, maleCommon Black-hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) juvenile perched on post at Rancho Los Ebanos near Tepeguaje, Tamaulipas, Mexico on the Gulf of MexicoCommon Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) in flight, Los Ebanos Ranch, Tamaulipas, MexicoCommon Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) at Goose Island State Park near Rockport, Texas, JanuaryCommon Snipe feeding in marshCooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) wading in ranch pond, Starr County, TexasAmerican Coot swimmingAmerican Coot (Fulica americana) feeding on shoreline vegetation, winterCosta's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) male, vagrant to Rockport, Texas, 2/2006Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii) perched in Anacua tree in fruit, September. Bird was feeding on the ripe fruits, s. Texascourtship feedingCrested Caracara landing.Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) landing, s. TexasCrested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) juvenile landing on perch at sunriseCrested Caracara adult in flight, Martin RanchCrested Caracara landing at the Martin Refuge (Javelina Ranch), TexasCrested Caracaras learning to hunt, s. Texas thorn-brush countryCrested Caracaras on mesquite perch, Martin RanchThe Crowned Crane at the Gladys Porter Zoo is so exciting your hair will stand on end.Curve-billed and Long-billed Thrashers chasing after prey.Curve-billed ThrasherCurve-billed Thrasher and horse mint at sunrise.Curve-billed Thrasher on prickly pear cactus in spring, s. TexasCurve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) adult perched on cactus and thorn brush, s. TexasDark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) feeding in central Texas, autumnDark-eyed Junco feeding on seeds after snowDark-eyed Junco female on perchDickcissel (Spiza americana) male singing on territory, springDickcissel (Spiza americana) male, springDouble-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) in flightDowny Woodpecker on tree limbBlue-winged Teal maleBlue-winged Teal swimmingDunlin flock at South Padre Island, TexasEastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) female at nest cavity, April, TexasEastern Bluebird female feeding youngEastern Bluebird landing at nest box, central TexasEastern Bluebird pair at nest box to feed youngEastern Bluebird pair, male feeding female, North Carolina, springEastern Bluebird, adult feeding young, North Carolina garden, springEastern Bluebird, adult male, spring, North CarolinaEastern Bluebird, male adult, perched on wagon wheel, North CarolinaEastern Bluebird, young just out of the nest, in North Carolina garden, springEastern Bluebirds, adult female feeding young, North Carolina, springEastern Screech Owl in mesquiteEastern Bluebird, adult feeding young "behind" the fence, spring, North CarolinaEastern Screech Owl (Otus asio) is hollow tree where it roosts during day, s. Texas, autumnElegant Trogon (Trogon elegans) male taking off from perch in sub-tropical woodlands near Gomez Farias, Tamaulipas, Mexico in the El Cielo Biosphere ReserveEurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) feeding on ground, s. TexasEurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) landing, s. TexasEuropean Starling on fenceEuropean Starling (Sturnus vulgarils) male at nest cavity in palm tree, s. Texas, springFemale black-chinned hummingbird femalefemale lesser goldfinch eating sunflower seedsFerruginous Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum) adult, MayFerruginous Pygmy Owl perched in tree with lichen-covered branches, s. TexasFerruginous Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum) emereging from cavity in palm tree, Los Ebanos Ranch, Tamaulipas, MexicoField Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) adult on fence post, Texas, May, on breeding territoryFlamulated Owl, South Padre Island, Texas, March 2, 2013Forster's Tern diving for minnows at sunset, Texas gulf coast.Gambel's quail female, west TexasGambel's Quail malesGambel's Quail pairGolden-cheeked Warbler landing in juniperGolden-cheeked Warbler male in juniperGolden-cheeked Warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia), male with insect for courting female, Texas hill country west of San AntonioGolden-cheeked Warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia); endangered species; male in breeding territory, Texas hill country west of San Antonio, springGolden-cheeked Warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia); endangered species; male in breeding territory, Texas hill country west of San Antonio, springGolden-fronted WoodpeckerGolden-fronted WoodpeckerGolden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) male on yucca, s. TexasGolden-fronted Woodpecker, maleGolden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) male at nest cavity, s. Texas, springGolden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) male, s. Texas, with Anacua berryAmerican Goldfinch feeding on sunflowers, winterAmerican Goldfinch, adult male, at feeder, North Carolina, springAmerican Goldfinch, adult male, springAmerican Goldfinch, adult drinking, North Carolina, springAmerican Goldfinch feeding on sunflower seeds, winter.Grasshopper Sparrow, adult, springGrasshopper Sparrow, male singing on territory, springGray Catbird in fiddlewoodGray Catbird, spring, North CarolinaGreat Blue Heron wadingGreat Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in cypress swamp, east TexasGreat Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) perched on bush, Laguna Madre, TexasGreat Blue Heron (s) (Ardea herodias) standing in marshGreat Blue Heron and Roseate Spoonbills, Laguna Madre, TexasGreat Blue Heron landing, Laguna Madre, TexasGreat Blue Heron perched in trees on Paradise Pond in Port Aransas, TexasGreat Blue Heron squawking, Caddo Lake, TexasGreat Blue Heron with Bull FrogGreat Blue Heron with mulletGreat Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) at nesting colony, s. TexasGreat Egret (Ardea alba) spring plumage, TexasGreat Egret and Great Blue Heron on nesting island in Laguna Madre, TexasGreat Egret and morning glories, South Padre Island World Birding CenterGreat Egret and Red-eared Turtle, Caddo Lake, TexasGreat Egret in flight, Caddo Lake, TexasGreat Egret in flight, Caddo Lake, TexasGreat Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) brooding young, s. TexasGreat Horned Owl in Texas hill countryGreat Horned Owl with rat, Block Creek Natural Area, Texas hill countryGreat Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus), south TexasGreat Kiskadee, Salineno, TexasGreat-tailed Grackle male calling, SPI, TexasGreat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) male displaying during breeding season, spring, s. TexasGreater Flamingo feedingLaguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, TexasGreater RoadrunnerGreater RoadrunnerGreater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) hunting grasshoppers, TexasGreater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) sunning, New Mexico, winterGreater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) coming to water in late afternoon, s. TexasGreat Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga) perched in forest edge, Los Ebanos Ranch, Tamaulipas, MexicoGreat Blue Heron spearing fishGreat Blue Heron chasing mullet in the Laguna Madre at South Padre Island, TexasGreat Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) vocalizing before it flies from cypress tree in Caddo Lake, TexasGreat Egret feeding with Roseate Spoonbills in lower Laguna Madre (bay), Texas coast.Green Heron (Butorides virescens) perched in cypress tree, Caddo Lake, TexasGreen Heron at La Joya Lake, Texasgreen jayGreen Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) flying from s. Texas ranch pond, winterGreen Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) landing in ebony tree, south Texas.Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) landing on postGreen Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) on blooming black brush, March, south TexasGreen Jay bathingGreen Jay landing, s. TexasGreen Jay on huisachillo limb in bloom, s. TexasGreen Jay with acornGreen Jays fightingGreen Jays on mesquite stump in wildflowersGreen Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) on hunting perchGreen Kingfisher on perchGreen Parakeet (Aratinga holochlora) clinging to a palm tree, s. TexasGreen Parakeet (Aratinga holochlora) in flight, s. Texas, springGreen Parakeet (Aratinga holochlora) pair in palm tree, s. Texas, MaySmallest of the U.S. kingfishers and found in south Texas.Green-tailed Towhee in winter, south TexasGreen Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) frightened away from pond while drinking, sunset in south Texas, springGreen Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) female perched on fence post by streamGreen Parakeet (Aratinga holochlora) pair at nest cavity in palm tree, Brownsville, Texas, MayGreen Parakeet (Aratinga holochlora) pair at nest cavity in palm tree, Brownsville, TexasGroove-billed Ani at ranch pondHarris's HawkHarris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) flushing, Weaver Ranch, Willacy Co., TexasHarris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) landingHarris's Hawk landing on perch, s. TexasHarris's Hawk landing, Santa Clara Ranch, TexasHarris's Hawk landing, Santa Clara Ranch, TexasHarris's Hawk on the Weaver Ranch, Cameron Co., TexasHarris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) adults, winter, western Oklahoma, USAHarris's Hawk in flightHarris's Hawk divingHarris's Hawk perched beside yuccaHarris's Hawk perched on yucca bloomHarris's Hawk in flightHarris's Hawk landingHarris's Hawk landingHarris's Hawks adult (left) and youngHerring Gull and Sanderling feeding on wet beach by Galveston Bay, Texas Coast.Hooded Oriole maleHook-billed Kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus) female, in flight, Los Ebanos Ranch, Tamaulipas, MexicoHouse Finch at McClelland Ranch, Junction, TexasHouse Finch at sunriseHouse Finch at sunriseHummingbird takeoffAnna's Hummingbird, male hovering at columbine flower.Anna's Hummingbird, male hovering at flower.Anna's Hummingbird hoveringAnna's Hummingbird hoveringHummingbird, Black-chinned, feedingBlack-chinned HummingbirdBroad-billed Hummingbird in flight.Anna's Hummingbird, male hovering at flower.Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) male during spring migration, AprilIndigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) male, springIndigo bunting, male, spring, Beto'sIndigo Bunting, spring, TexasIndigo Buntings, male, springStork, Jabiru, juvenile, south Texas near Raymondville, August, 2008, after hurricane, native of south America, feeding with egrets and roseate spoonbills in flooded croplandsAmerican Kestrel on hunting perchAmerican Kestrel (Falco sparverius) male on hunting perch, n. Texas, winterKilldeer (Charadrius vociferus) feeding on beach, Aransas Bay, Rockport, Texas, winterAmazon Kingfisher in Cameron Co., TexasAmazon Kingfisher in Cameron Co., TexasAmazon Kingfisher in Cameron Co., TexasAmazon Kingfisher in Cameron Co., TexasAmazon Kingfisher on hunting perchAmazon Kingfisher on hunting perch, Cameron Co., Texas, USA.Ladder-backed WoodpeckerLadder-backed WoodpeckerLadder-backed Woodpecker, juvenile maleLadder-backed Woodpecker, maleLadder-backed Woodpecker, maleLadderback WoodpeckerLark Sparrowlark sparrowLaughing Gull drinking on the wing, SPI, TexasLaughing Gull shaking water from wings in the Laguna Madre, TexasLaughing Gull, winter, bathingLeast Bittern in black mangroveLeast Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) on calm pond, s. TexasLeast Tern (Sterna antillarum) with fish for mateLeast Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) with fish, a common resident of the Sabal Palm Sanctuary wetlandsLesser Scaup, maleLesser Prairie Chicken (Typanuchus pallidicinctus) male on lek, displaying to females, AprilLesser Prairie Chicken (Typanuchus pallidicinctus) male on lek, Selman Ranch, OklahomaLesser Prairie Chicken (Typanuchus pallidicinctus) male landing on lek, displaying to females, Canadian, Texas, USA, AprilLesser Prairie Chicken (Typanuchus pallidicinctus) male "booming" on lek, Selman Ranch, OklahomaLesser Prairie Chicken (Typanuchus pallidicinctus) male on lek, Selman Ranch, OklahomaLineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus) female near nest cavity, NE Mexico, Los Ebanos Ranch, Tamaulipas, MayLineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus) male at nest tree, Rancho Los Ebanos near Tepeguaje, Tamaulipas, MexicoLittle Blue HeronLittle Blue Heron feeding, Caddo Lake, TexasLong-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus), grassland, spring migration, s. TexasLong-billed Thrasher landingLong-billed Thrasher on Guayacan, s. TexasLong-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) stretching on oyster bar, Texas coast, winterLong-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) challenging other birds for its place on the perch, south Texas, late winterLong-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) flushing from edge of pond on south Texas ranchLucifer Hummingbird male feeding, w. TexasLucifer Hummingbird male feeding, w. TexasLucifer Hummingbird male hovering in flight, west Texas, USALucifer Hummingbird male landing at feeder, west Texas, USALucifer Hummingbird male perchedLucifer Hummingbird, female hovering in flightMagnolia Warbler male feeding on insects in thistleMagnolia Warbler male hovering at thistle plant, South Padre Island, Texas, spring migrationmale Dickcissel drinkingMale House Finch on Thistle seed headsmale Painted Bunting in garnjeno bush, south Texas ranch, springMallard drake take offMallard hen running on the mudflats at Rockport, TexasMangrove Warbler (Dendroica erithacorides) male singing on territory, May, Rancho Los Ebanos, Tamaulipas, MexicoMarbled Godwit, Aransas Bay, Texas, winter sunsetMarsh Wren, singing from cattail, JuneMasked Tityra, female, Los Ebanos Ranch, Tamaulipas, MexicoMasked Tityra, male, Los Ebanos Ranch, Tamaulipas, Mexico, MayMississippi Kite on perch, Caddo Lake, TexasMockingbirds drinkingMale Mottled Duck (note yellow bill) stretching.Mountain BluebirdMountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides), male, early springMountain Bluebird landing, Rocky Mountains, JuneMourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) at water, s. Texas, springMourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) flushing from south Texas pond at sunsetMourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) taking flight from pondMourning Doves (Zenaida macroura) at water hole, late summer, s. TexasMuscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) female sitting on nest in broken palm, s. Texas. May be escapeeNashville WarblerNorthern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) adult male runnig, south Texas, winterNorthern Bobwhite maleNorthern Bobwhites on log, s. TexasNorthern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) adult male bathing, North CarolinaNorthern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) female flying from south Texas pondNorthern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) maleNorthern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) male on winter dayNorthern Cardinal and American Goldfinches on feeder, spring, North CarolinaNorthern Cardinal eating mustang grapesNorthern Cardinal female at sunsetNorthern Cardinal female landingNorthern Cardinal flying from Crepe Myrtle.northern cardinal in juisachillo bush, springNorthern Cardinal male landingNorthern Cardinal female on picket fence, n. Texas winterNorthern Cardinal pair at pond, Martin RanchMale northern cardinal feeding female; breeding behaviorNorthern HarrierNorthern Harrier in flightNorthern Jacana walking on aquatic plants, Tamaulipas, Mexiconorthern mockingbirdNorthern Mockingbird landing on prickly pear cactus.Northern ParulaNorthern Parula (Parula americana) male, spring, northeast TexasNorthern Parula (Parula americana) male, spring, northeast Texasnorthern parula male in spanish mossNorthern Pintail landingNorthern Pintail landingNorthern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) female in flight, NovemberNorthern Shoveler ducks feeding and preeningNorthern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) hen taking a dust bath at edge of pond, south TexasNorthern Cardinal male on mesquite branch, Texas.Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) flying from pond where she was drinking, sunset in south Texas, MarchNorthern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) male feeding female in courting ritual, spring, Texas, in yuccaNorthern Pintails (Anas acuta) male stretching wings while female sleeps, Laguna Madre, South Padre Island, TexasOlive Sparrow drinking at south Texas pond, winterOlive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) hunting for seeds, south Texas brush, winterOrchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) female, springOrchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) male during spring migrationOrchard Oriole female on Coral BeanOrchard Oriole, male at South Padre Island during spring migrationBaltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) male perched on flower stalk, springospreyOsprey (Pandion haliaetus) adult with fish, Saint Charles Bay, Rockport, TexasOsprey in flight, Eagle Pass, TexasOsprey with trout, SPIOsprey in flight at sunrise with setting moon. *Separate moon and osprey images combinedAmerican Oystercatcher standing on oyster barAmerican Oystercatcher feeding in the Laguna Madre at sunriseAmerican Oystercatcher calling as it feeds on oyster reef, Rockport, Texas, winterAmerican Oystercatcher stretchingAmerican Oystercatcher pair on oyster reef, Texas.American Oystercatcher stretchingPainted Buntingpainted buntingPainted Bunting (Passerina ciris) adult mail, springPainted Bunting (Passerina ciris) male at a pond, south Texas, USAPainted Bunting (Passerina ciris) male perched on fence postPainted Bunting (Passerina ciris) mature male, springPainted Bunting (Passerina citrea) male bathing, s. Texas, AprilPainted Bunting at feederPainted Bunting just out of the bathPainted Bunting male on sunflower, s. TexasPainted Bunting male singing from mesquite stump perchPainted Bunting singingParaque incubating egg in south Texas thorn brush.Juvenile Peregrine Falcon released at South Padre Island after banding by Peregrine Fund biologistsPeregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) adult resting on a spoil island in Aransas Bay near Rockport, Texas on the Gulf of Mexico, winterBiologist, Alastair Franke, describes capturing a young peregrine falcon on south Padre, Texas during the annual Padre Island Peregrine Falcon SurveyBill Heinrich of the Peregrine Fund releasing peregrine falcon, female, at South Padre Island, Texaspied-billed grebeBand-tailed Pigeon in juniperPileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) male on baldcypress, Caddo Lake, TexasPileated Woodpecker on cypress tree, Caddo Lake, TexasPiping Plover chasing another plover on the Laguna Madre shore, TexasPiping Plover feeding on Laguna Madre, TexasPiping Plovers on winter grounds, Texas coastPlain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) walking on log in Texas brush country near the Rio Grande, springPrairie Chickens sparring (lesser prairie chicken)Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) male singing, spring, east Texasprothonotary warbler in cypressProthonotary Warbler with dragonfly for young, Caddo Lake, TexasProthonotary Warbler, male in cypress tree, Caddo Lake, TexasProthonotary Warbler, male at nest cavity in cypress swamp, Caddo Lake, Texas, JuneProthonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) male singing, spring, Caddo Lake, TexasPurple GallinulePurple Martin in flightPurple Martin scoldingPyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) male bathing, s. Texas, AprilPyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) male bathing, s. Texas, AprilPyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) male on lote bush, s. TexasPyrrhuloxia male in thornbrush, south Texas ranch, springRed-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) male, northeast Texas, springRed-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) male, northeast Texas, springRed-bellied Woodpecker on oak tree with Spanish moss, Caddo Lake, TexasRed-bellied Woodpecker, male, adult, on dead tree, North CarolinaRed-billed Pigeon (Columba flavirostris) adult, Rio Grande near Roma, Texasred-breasted nuthatch foraging on snowy branch of cedar elmRed-crowned ParrotRed-crowned Parrot (Amazona viridigenalis) pair at nest cavity in palm tree, Brownsville, Texas, MayRed-crowned Parrots (Amazona viridigenalis) adults perched atop a dead palm tree, s. TexasRed-crowned Parrots (Amazona viridigenalis) adults perched atop a dead palm tree, s. TexasRed-crowned Parrot (Amazona viridigenalis) pair in palm tree, Brownsville, TexasRed-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) males fightingRed-winged Blackbird male and Golden-fronted Woodpecker male fighing over position on fence post, south Texas, springReddish Egreet in breeding plumage landing, s. Texas coastReddish Egret adult and youngReddish Egret in breeding display, south Texas coastReddish Egret in breeding plumage, Texas coastReddish Egret in flightReddish Egret adult in breeding plumage landing at nesting colony on Texas coast, springRedhead (Aythya americana) drake landing, TexasRedhead Duck (Aythya americana) male drinking, on Laguna Madre, Texas, winterredhead duck landingredhead duck landingRedhead Ducks (Aythya americana) males,drinking, Laguna Madre at South Padre Island, Texas, winterAmerican RedstartAmerican Redstart, male foragingAmerican Redstart female foraging, springAmerican Redstart male hopping rocks to pondRing-billed Gull challenging another over the remains of a fish carcass on Boca Chica Beach, TexasRing-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) adult male in habitat, western Oklahoma, USA, springRinged Kingfisher (Ceryle torquata), male perched, s. Texas/NE MexicoRinged Kingfisher in flight, Rio Grande near Brownsville, Texas.Largest kingfisher in US and found along the lower Rio Grande.Ringed Kingfisher, male landingClose view of Ringed Kingfisher, a common resident along the Rio Grande below Falcon dam to the Gulf of Mexico and the largest of the 3 kingfisher species inhabiting the lower Rio Grande near Roma Bluffs World Birding Center.Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) drinking, s. TexasRoadrunner, Martin RanchRoadside Hawk (Buteo magnirostris) with leg band, perched on dead palm tree on Rancho Los Ebanos near Tepeguaje, Tamaulipas, Mexico on the Gulf of MexicoAmerican Robin feeding on persimmon fruits, autumnAmerican Robin (Turdus migratorius) standing in shallow pond to bathe and drink, spring.American Robin (Turdus migratorius), adult about to bathe, North CarolinaAmerican Robin (Turdus migratorius) on wagon wheel, North Carolina, springRock Dove (Columba livia) in flightroosting northern bobwhitesRose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) male eating lantana fruits on South Padre Island, Texas during spring migrationRose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae) female at nest, s. TexasRose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae) female building nest, s. Texas, springRoseate SpoonbillRoseate Spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja), s. Texas, spring, adultsRoseate Spoonbill at sunriseRoseate Spoonbill at sunsetRoseate Spoonbill in breeding plumageRoseate Spoonbill in flightRoseate Spoonbill in flight, springRoseate Spoonbill landing at nest, Laguna Madre, TexasRoseate Spoonbill landing, island in the Laguna Madre, TexasRoseate Spoonbill on takeoffRoseate Spoonbill with nest material in billRoseate Spoonbill landing in mesquite trees on National Audubon Society's Green Island Sanctuary in the Laguna Madre, Texas.Roseate Spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja) feeding and preening in the Laguna Madre at sunrise by the South Padre Island World Birding Center, TexasRoseate Spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja) feeding and preening in the Laguna Madre at sunrise near the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife RefugeRoseate Spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja) landing on the tidal flats of the Laguna Madre at sunrise by the South Padre Island World Birding Center, TexasRoseate Spoonbill (Ajaia ajaja) landing near a lesser yellowlegs in the Laguna Madre at sunrise by the South Padre Island World Birding Center, TexasRoyal Tern (Sterna maxima) adult in flightRoyal Tern in breeding plumage, landing, Texas coastRoyal Tern in flightRoyal Tern in flightRoyal Tern landing on beach, Texas coastRoyal Tern on beach by bay, Texas, springRoyal Tern stretching, SPIRuby-crowned Kinglet in willowRuby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) male hovering, Texasruby-throated hummingbird at Rocky Mountain Bee PlantRuby-throated Hummingbird, male feeding at flower on South Padre IslandRuddy TurnstoneRuddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) on beach, s. Texas, autumnRuddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) on beach, s. Texas, autumnRufous Hummingbird male perchedSanderlingSanderling (Calidris alba) on beach, Gulf of Mexico, Texas, autumnSanderling on a shell beach, South Padre Island, Texas at sunriseSanderling (Calidris alba) winter plumage, Boca Chica Beach near the mouth of the Rio Grande, south Texas, March. This one-legged bird was as fast as the othersSandhill Cranesandhill craneSandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) in flightSandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) landing, winterSandhill Crane in flightSandhill Crane in flightSandhill Crane in flightSandhill Crane landingSandhill Crane landingSandhill Crane landing at roostSandhill Crane landing, NMSandhill Crane Unison Call at roostSandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) in flightSandhill Cranes at dawn.Sandhill Cranes calling from roost at Bosque del Apache NWR, N.M.