Greetings from the San Cristobal, NM. This week a series of images of some of the big birds that frequent our area.
I hope you enjoy the following gallery of big birds.
Some of the largest birds in the area are the Sandhill Cranes that pass through on their migratory route. I photographed the two below in the Bosque del Apache.
The Turkey Vulture below is about to return to our area. They are known as the harbingers of Spring. If you are interested, you can read more here.
I chose these images below out of a collection of photos that showed up when I searched my hard drives for large birds. It was hard to decide which to include, so I picked the ones I distinctly remember taking the shot. I went for feeling more than anything. I hope you like them. Click on an image to enlarge it.
Always remember the birds at the zoo like this Flamingo. I had a stunning picture of a captive eagle in the Albuquerque Zoo published in Raptors of New Mexico.
As always, thank you for looking. Keep looking up you may be surprised by what’s above and around you. G
30 thoughts on “Big Birds, Happy Healthy World. 03-29-23”
The colors on the feathers of the white-faced ibis are incredible. What a gorgeous photo!
Thank you, Melise. They are beautiful birds. I’ve always enjoyed watching them. G
These are outstanding! How wonderful to live near such diversity. Love all the beauty you have captured. Not an easy feat!
Many more over many years. Thank you, Linda. I appreciate you looking. I’m enjoying your posts from your recent travels. G
Just lovely. Thank you for all it takes to make these images. I appreciate what you do and what you show us.
Thanks so much Alice. I really appreciate it. I hope you are well. G
Another excellent collection, Geraint. I especially love the Heron and the fish. But I have to ask – how big do your Killdeer grow down there?😄😄
You know things have a way of sneaking in the mix. Thanks so much Paul. I hope you are well and having a good spring. G
The annual return of turkey vultures (aka buzzards) is cause for celebration in Hinckly, Ohio. One of the oldest rock and roll radio stations in Cleveland, WMMS, has a cartoon buzzard as their emblem. The annual return of the buzzards is attributed to a massive game hunt in 1818 that attracted the scavenging birds which have continued to return for over 200 years. At least it makes for a good story.
That’s a neat story. Thank you for sharing, Gary. I saw my first vulture of the season at 11am today over RC Gormans old place. I was surprised. Cheers Gary. G
You’ve been feeling it for a long time, Geraint. That shows in this remarkable collection of images.
Thank you so much, Gary. That means a lot. I appreciate it very much. G
Bird is the Word!!
At least in today’s blog! Great photos.
Word, Mars. Thank you! G
What a fun collection. Many memories come up. Like the first time I saw a White-faced Ibis, In Colorado are you kidding me? Cunning corvids, koshares of the bird world.
I first saw these ibis in Arroyo Hondo. Since then I’ve seen lots of individuals around the valley and a large flock on the CO State line. Ravens I think know know more than they let on. Thank you so much, Larry. G
Thank you, once again! I have enjoyed viewing these photos, immensely. Gratitude.
Thank you so much, Robert. That means a lot to me. Best wishes. G
Thank you so much, Ron. Thinking of you! G
hi what a superb collection I really enjoyed looking at each one.
Thank you so much, Alison. And thank you for looking at each one. That means a lot! G
Sandhills are awesome birds. We stopped off in Kearney Nebraska during fall migration. There were thousands of them.
The Sandhills are wonderfully unique. I’ve not visited Kearney but with Monte Vista NWR so close and fourteen thousand foot snow capped peaks for a backdrop it’s hard to justify driving any further. Thank you for the info, David. G
Those dancing Sandhill cranes are beautifully captured. They are already migrating back here. Thanks for your blog and these latest shots.
Thanks so much, Jim. The cranes are so all akimbo during the dance, this was the better of all the shots I got. Cheers. G
That flamingo pic is stunning!
Thanks so much, Mandy. I hope you are well. Thanks for looking. G
I love the Flamingo, such a striking colour. It’s my Granddaughter’s favourite bird. She has it on nearly everything. Mind you all the photographs are great.
Thank you, Elizabeth. I think your granddaughter has made a good choice of birds. I hope you are well. G