Tomato Hornworm Moths At Grand Canyon National Park



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Tomato Hornworm Moths At Grand Canyon National Park

Tomato Hornworm Moth in flight to Moonflower - Grand Canyon National Park - Arizona

After a full day of activity at Grand Canyon National Park, Bob and I were returning late to our room at Maswik Lodge when a flicker of movement drew my eye towards the stunning night-blooming Moonflowers.  We were not the only ones attracted by the glowing white flowers.  Numerous Tomato Hornworm Moths (Manduca quinquemaculata), also known as Five-spotted Hawkmoths,  were circling for a landing. Read more

A Western Scrub Jay At Grand Canyon National Park

A Western Scrub Jay At Grand Canyon National Park

western scrub jay - in tree along bright angel trail, grand canyon

Bob and I had been catching glimpses of the Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) since our arrival at Grand Canyon National Park, but it wasn’t until we were on our early morning hike down the Bright Angel Trail that we finally caught sight of a Western Scrub Jay sitting in a tree…stationary enough for us to snap a few quick photos before we continued on our marathon hike. Read more

California Condors At Grand Canyon National Park



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California Condors At Grand Canyon National Park

Condor soars above Grand Canyon

When Bob and I visited Grand Canyon National Park, our primary objective was to revel at the overwhelming and impressive scale of the canyon.  Little did we know that our passion for birdwatching would be so richly rewarded both on the South Rim and deep within the canyon, itself.  On one visit to Hopi Point, we were lucky enough to spot one of the two California Condors (Gymnogyps californianus) known to be nesting in a nearby rock face. Read more

Our Journey To Kekerten Island In Search of Bowhead Whales



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Our Journey To Kekerten Island In Search of Bowhead Whales

pangnirtung - Baffin Island - nunavut

In the early morning hours under a cold wet sky, we prepared to leave Pangnirtung by boat in search of Bowhead Whales off Kekerten Island in Cumberland Sound off Baffin Island. Read more

Wild Vicuna at the National Reserve of Pampas Galeras, Peru



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Wild vicuna at the National Reserve of Pampas Galeras, Peru

Vicuna in the National Reserve of Pampas Galeras in Peru, South America.

In the harsh climate high in the mountain meadows of the National Reserve of Pampas Galeras in Peru live the rarely-seen Vicuna.  In 1974, the Vicuna were declared an endangered species; at that time, only 6,000 of these animals were left alive in Peru.   Today, with the aid of organizations like World Wildlife Fund, the population of Vicuna has recovered to about 350,000.  Even with that supposed high number of these animals, it is still very difficult to actually catch a glimpse of one in the wilds of Peru. Read more

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