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Steve Valasek
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My encounter with Virginia Rails in Yuma Arizona.
Virginia Rails
Virginia Rails
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Virginia Rails
      I recently got a break from school and was able to get out for a quick weekend trip birding. I decided to swing through California and down past the Salton Sea to Yuma Arizona. I camped at Mittry Lake in Yuma Arizona in the hopes to see or hear a Blac...
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Virginia Rails
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Michigan: Kirtland's Warbler
     In June I traveled to Michigan from Pittsburgh, PA to try and see one of the rarest warblers in the USA, the Kirtland's Warbler.  At one point in 1987 there were only 167 singing male Kirtland's Warblers in their range, less than 400 birds.       The b...
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East Coast Trip part one:Red Ohio.
Back in June I had the opportunity to spend a week birding somewhere. A friend of mine suggested trying to see Kirtland's Warblers in Michigan. I didn't know much about these birds, but after some research I was sold. I expanded the trip to include some tim...
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(Un)Common Crane
    A few weeks ago an amazing bird was reported on the Arizona/New Mexico listserv. A Common Crane was reported at Mormon Lake , which is near Flagstaff and Sedona Arizona. A mountain lake surrounded by pine forests and cabins. This was the first state rec...
(Un)Common Crane
(Un)Common Crane
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Tour de Tucson
This past Sunday, 9th of April, I took a late trip down to Tucson. An American Bittern was being seen at Sweetwater Wetlands and this was a bird that I've been wanting to see and photograph. I also wanted to try and see an Olive Warbler and an Elf Owl, all ...
Tour de Tucson
Tour de Tucson
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Beware the Owls of March...
     It's the middle of March and I've not posted in awhile. I had an accident up on Mt. Ord in February where I slid on a muddy, ash-filled slope and landed on my camera lens and broke it. I sent it out and $500 later it was repaired and looks to be as goo...
Beware the Owls of March...
Beware the Owls of March...
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De Anza Trail: Rose-Throated Becard
     After a few busy weekends, I was finally able to get out and do some serious birding. I decided to head down south to Santa Cruz County. There had been some noteable birds seen in the area, namely some Rose-Throated Becards. In addition there had been ...
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2016: Year in Review
2016... what a year for good and for bad. It took my family from the Republic of Ireland to Arizona USA. I also upgraded my camera from a Canon SX50 to a 7Dmkii with 300mm f/4 and 1.4x TC. That also brought my photography game up a notch or two. Honestly, I...
2016: Year in Review
2016: Year in Review
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Southern Swing - Rufous-Capped Warblers and Green Kingfisher
Happy Holidays everyone! I must have been on the naughty list this year because I didn't get the Canon 1Dx Mk2, 200-400mm lens or new Binoculars that I asked for... Oh well. ; ) Yesterday I took advantage of my wife being off from work and the kids being on...
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