Ann-Christine gives us the choice today to pick what we’d like to share and her beautiful flowers can literally be picked. What do I have here in Arizona? Since our move just over a year ago, other than cacti, I’ve been mostly taking photos of birds, so here are a few recent favorites.

Let’s drop in at the Riparian Preserve and see what we can find. A harrier hawk is always fun.

“He imagines a necessary joy in things that must fly to eat.”
― Wendell Berry

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
― Robert Lynd

Then there’s the spoonbill who came during one of the storms in the south and has been here all winter. Here it’s balancing on one leg while looking astonished. Is that like rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time? Pretty in pink but what a big mouth!!

may my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living ~e. e. cummings

There are lots of spectacular birds but there are also the cute, more approachable ones that you might see in your yard.

Wherever there are birds, there is hope. Mehmet Murat Ildan

If you’re a fish, you’d prefer to see this haughty cormorant perched on a limb rather than in the water where they run silent, run deep, run deadly.

Tomorrow, the birds will sing. Be brave. Face life. ~Charlie Chaplin

A pod of pelicans arrived towards the end of last year and a few have stuck around. I didn’t realize that pairs like this fish and swim in tandem, for all the world like synchronized swimmers. Of course the swimmers don’t usually eat fish while performing, at least I hope not!

And now it’s back to the weekend. I hope you’re enjoying yours.

  1. scr4pl80 says:

    How do you get them to pose for you so nicely? Great shots as usual, Janet

  2. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for sharing these, Janet. The birds are all interesting and your photos are excellent.

  3. billgncs says:

    great pics…

  4. Amy says:

    Fabulous bird captures, Janet. The first one, wow!!

  5. Jo says:

    What a neat pic of the pelican pair! I’ve always found them to be beautiful and unique.

    • This is the first time I’ve seen white ones in person. I saw brown ones a few years ago in Baja California. This paid was gliding and diving side by side in almost complete synchronization. It was so cool!


  6. restlessjo says:

    Great shots, Janet. I especially like the serenity of the last one 🙂 🙂

  7. Debbie Smyth says:

    Great shots, Janet. What a treat to have so many birds around. And I love the pelican pair.

    • I was surprised to see pelicans here. The Riparian Preserve is a gem and vital for birds, especially those that migrate as well as those who require water and fish for living. There used to be more riparian areas in the Southwest but the more people that are here and the more building, the less areas. I’m thankful Gilbert has preserved this for so many years.

  8. peggy says:

    Yes, one has to become part of the silence to catch pictures like these. Beautiful.

  9. Ally Bean says:

    Lovely photos. You are a patient person, aren’t you?

    • I am here, although I won’t stand for hours in one spot waiting to see a single bird like the real birders will do. I have things I have to do. As for patience, I’m much better than I used to be but believe me, if you ask God to be able to develop patience, He’ll put you in situations where your learning curve is very stretched!! 🙂

  10. Ooh, oh!! That Harrier, Spoonbill, and Mockingbird in the morning light are my favorites. They’re all excellent sightings and images, Janet!

    A Cormorant in AZ! I love it!!

    Happy Easter my Friend! 😀💕🌼

    • There are lots and lots of cormorants at the Preserve, Deborah, and we had quite a few in Illinois in the Dupage River. They’re really something but the spoonbill and hawk are special because the first I never expected to see and the second because I love hawks and it took many months until I saw this one. 🙂

      Happy Easter!

  11. Tina Schell says:

    Beautiful choice for the week Janet – that hawk image is spectacular. Your pelicans are so different than ours and yet they share those huge beaks/mouths. Imaging having to carry that thing along wherever you go LOL. Enjoyed your winged beauties!

    • Thanks, Tina. I never imagined I’d see pelicans here or a spoonbill, so those were great surprises. I wonder whether they’ll be gone when the weather warms up elsewhere. I think they will, but I’ll find out.

  12. The first one is stunning … and great job catching the second one talking behind your back.

  13. Leya says:

    Gorgeous shots and lovely birds, Janet! But I think I enjoyed your comments to the photos just as much!

  14. Teresa says:

    Love that first and last photos especially! Great capture, Janet

  15. JohnRH says:

    Wow. Great selections and photos. Especially like the harrier and spoonbill. Well done.

  16. Stunning photos Janet!!

  17. Wow! Those are such amazing clicks. They capture the mood described in your post to the T. Pretty in pink fits the bill perfectly. 😊

  18. Your photographs are outstanding to view. The hawk
    is a perfect capture, Janet. Nicley done … Be well …
    Isadora 😎

    Lens Artists Photo Challenge – You Pick It

    • Thanks, Izzy. Great to hear from you. I hope you two had a wonderful Easter and are doing well.

      • You’re welcome, Janet. We had a quietly prayerful and restful Easter.My daughters visited us for their Dads 75th birthday. I hadn’t seen them in person for 18 months just FaceTime. We were all done with waiting. Now, the wait to see if we all faired well without Covid. Thank you for the Easter wishes. Events at home or work can set one back in the blogging scene. Have a super Wednesday … Be Safe 😷 😎

  19. Resa says:

    There sure is an amazing volume and diversity of life at the preserve. Love all the pics you take there!

    • It’s truly a wonderful place, Resa, and one that’s needed in the desert for both animals and humans. I’m happy to know you enjoy the photos. 🙂