2017 – The Year of the Birds by Tom Mangelsdorf
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2017 – The Year of the Birds by Tom Mangelsdorf

December29, 2017 By Tom Mangelsdorf The close of an old year and the beginning of a new one is a good time to take stock of things accomplished and things to look forward to accomplishing. With regard to my bird photography, I’ve chosen five of my favorite bird images that I’ve captured in 2017. They run the gamut from a tiny songbird to a large raptor. All of these were taken in my back yard or within a mile or two of my house. This...

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Desert Gold – Finches That Is
Dec15

Desert Gold – Finches That Is

December 15, 2018 Article and Photographs by Tom Mangelsdorf’ One of the most colorful birds that are native to our Greater Pinnacle Peak area is the beautiful Lesser Goldfinch. They are generally found foraging for seeds and sometimes small insects in trees and shrubs. They’re fast fliers and can cling to any small branch at just about any angle. These bright yellow birds love thistle and they’ll find it just about any place...

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Photos of Arizona’s State Bird, the Cactus Wren
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Photos of Arizona’s State Bird, the Cactus Wren

October 29, 2017 By Tom Mangelsdorf Well, autumn is here with winter soon to follow. It’s a great time to get outside with your camera and see what kind of wildlife you can photograph. One of my favorite birds is the Cactus Wren. There are plenty of them to see this time of year…all it takes is patience, a camera and a good lens. Did I mention patience? Although plentiful, Cactus Wrens are wonderfully camouflaged for their desert...

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Photos: Hummer Fights Feather
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Photos: Hummer Fights Feather

April 27, 2017 By Tom Mangelsdorf   Did you ever get ready to go out, and then notice a pesky piece of lint on your clothes? Try as you might it’s sometimes difficult to grab and remove it. This Anna’s Hummingbird recently had a similar problem with its wardrobe.             d The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this article by using the “Submit a...

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Photos: Kestrel Afternoon Delight
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Photos: Kestrel Afternoon Delight

March 26, 2017 By Tom Mangelsdorf I recently found these Kestrels enjoying each other’s company on a sunny day. Kestrels are small falcons about the size of a large pigeon or quail. They are fast fliers and very accurate hunters. Their behavior on this afternoon brought to mind a song from the ‘70s titled “Afternoon Delight.” For those of you old enough to remember the Starland Vocal Band, here are a few lyrics from that popular song...

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