Woodpeckers, Hoopoes, Flickers – Are They Linked?

Birding often evokes a sense of déjà vu – we see birds across different geographies and zoological families, but they so remind us of each other! One of these cases was when I was on safari in India, and I spotted a small bird in  a thicket of grass. I recognized it as a Hoopoe,Continue reading “Woodpeckers, Hoopoes, Flickers – Are They Linked?”

A New Angle on the Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Some birds, like Treecreepers and Nuthatches, get most of their food, build their nests, and so on, while climbing up and down trees. Most of the time, they can be found inching up and down trees to find insects, seeds and water in cavities. When we look at these birds, we see them at sideContinue reading “A New Angle on the Red-Breasted Nuthatch”

Doves Around The World – Our Different Impressions

Pigeons and doves are universally recognized birds around the world. Whether you look at Turtle Doves and their representation in religion, or the Feral Pigeons found in almost all large urban regions, pigeons and doves have become cultural icons in our time. With around 300 different species found worldwide, pigeons and doves, both very similarContinue reading “Doves Around The World – Our Different Impressions”

The Curious Case of the Anna’s Hummingbird’s Gorget

While this may seem like any other hummingbird, it is actually a fascinating sight! This is an Anna’s Hummingbird, one of the largest hummingbirds in the United States, and the largest on the West Coast. I often spend time in my backyard, looking for birds, and waiting for them to get into the perfect photographingContinue reading “The Curious Case of the Anna’s Hummingbird’s Gorget”

White-Throated Kingfisher – The Cobalt Woodpecker?

What a beauty! India is known for its many beautiful kingfisher species, including this one, the White-Throated Kingfisher. I spotted a few different kingfisher species along this trip. This one in particular was quite hard to get to stay still! It was perpetually moving around, perhaps searching for prey. We had spent the whole dayContinue reading “White-Throated Kingfisher – The Cobalt Woodpecker?”

America’s National Beauty – The Bald Eagle

Is there any bird more easily recognizable in the United States than our national bird? The Bald Eagle is undoubtedly one of the most majestic and well-known birds in the country. I spotted this one while touring the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge in California. An area for migratory and resident birds to stay safely, it boastsContinue reading “America’s National Beauty – The Bald Eagle”