Reader Pete Moulton took these lovely bird photos in Arizona. The notes below are his, and you can click on both photos to enlarge them.
Here are a couple of photos from my home patch in Phoenix that you might like. The little Green Heron is my all-time favorite avian subject, which I’ve probably mentioned before. The duck is a drake Hooded Merganser, which has been present at the same pond for about the last three weeks. He’s a bit of a rockstar, and dozens of birders have been to see and photograph him.
Green heron (Butorides virescens):
Hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), male. Now that’s a duck!
I’ll add a photo of the female merganser (from Wikipedia) to show the striking sexual dimorphism: