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Photography by Charles W. Melton
Nature Photography

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16061371 Tufted Flycatcher, Mitrephanes phaeocercus, adult and a just out of the nest fledgling. Photographed in Ramsey Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast AZ, with a 600 mm lens with a 1.4x.

 

16060609 Slate-throated Redstart female, Myioborus miniatus. Photographed in Pinery Canyon, Chiricahua Mountains, southeast AZ, with a 600 mm lens.

 

16060477 Pine Flycatcher, Empidonax affinis. This first documented record for the U.S. was found by David Stejskal at Aliso Spring in the Santa Rita Mountains of southeast AZ. Photographed with a 600 mm lens with a 1.4x on June 11, 2016.

 

16040423 White-nosed Coati, Nasua narica. Photographed in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast AZ, on April 27, 2016, with a 70-300 mm lens.

 

16040026 Flame-colored Tanager male, Piranga bidentata, perched in maple tree. Photographed at The Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on April 2, 2016, with a 600 mm lens.

 

16020067 Northern Goshawk, Accipiter gentilis. Photographed in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on February 16, 2016, with a 600 mm lens with a 1.4x.

 

16010034 Yellow-throated Warbler, Setophaga dominica. This species breeds in the eastern U.S. and normally winters in Florida, eastern Central America, and the Caribbean. This individual spent the winter in Patagonia, southeast Arizona, where it was photographed. Photographed on January 27, 2016, with a 600 mm lens with a 1.4x.

 

15070306 Five-striped Sparrow singing, Aimophila quinquestriata. Photographed in Chino Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, southeast Arizona, on July 8, 2015, with a 600 mm lens with a 1.4x.

 

15060819 Canyon Wren singing, Catherpes mexicanus. Photographed in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on June 28, 2015, with a 600 mm lens with a 1.4x.

 

15060635 Tufted Flycatcher, Mitrephanes phaeocercus. A very rare visitor from Mexico this is the 7th U.S. record. Photographed in Ramsey Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on June 19, 2015, with a 600 mm lens.

 

15060084 Red-faced Warbler, Cardellina rubrifrons. Photographed in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on June 5, 2015, with a 600 mm lens with 1.4x.

 

15040144 Black-capped Gnatcatcher male with fledglings, Polioptila nigraceps. The first day out of the nest. Photographed at Florida Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains, southeast Arizona, on April 26, 2015, with a 300 mm lens and 1.4x.

 

15012487 Monkey Grasshopper male, Paramastax sp., flashing wings. Photographed at Yanayacu Biological Station, Cosanga, Ecuador, on January 17, 2015, with a 150 mm macro lens.

 

15013021 Chestnut-breasted Coronet, Boissonneaua matthewsii, feeding at a Columnea sp. flower. Photographed at Yanayacu Biological Station, Cosanga, Ecuador, on January 24, 2015, with a 300 mm lens.

 

15010531 Ecuadorian Hillstar male, Oreotrochilus chimborazo, feeding at a Chuquiragua flower at an elevation above 13,000 feet. Photographed at Lake Toreadora, Cajas National Park, Ecuador, on January 3, 2015, with a 600 mm lens.

 

14111953 White-tipped Sicklebill, Eutoxeres aquila, feeding at a Heliconia flower. Photographed at Copalinga Lodge near Zamora, Ecuador, on November 30, 2014, with a 600 mm lens and a 1.4x.

 

14110377 Sparking Violetear, Colibri coruscans, feeding at a hibiscus flower. Photographed at Puembo Birding Garden in Puembo, Ecuador, on November 14, 2014, with a 300 mm lens.

 

14091068 Royal Moth larva, Syssphinx raspa, feeding on Acacia angustissima. The larva is 36 days old and measures 50 mm in length. Photographed in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, Arizona, on September 27, 2014, with a 150 mm lens.

 

14081035 Sphecid Wasp, Ammophila procera, female carrying a paralyzed Theroa zethus larva to a nesting burrow where she will lay an egg on it and close the burrow. Photographed in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, Arizona, on August 24, 2014, with a 150 mm lens.

 

14071028 Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake, Crotalus willardi. Photographed in Carr Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, Arizona, on July 11, 2014, with a 150 mm lens.

 

14061389 Buff-breasted Flycatcher adult feeding fledgling, Empidonax fulvifrons. Photographed at Reef Townsite Campground, Carr Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, Arizona, on June 28, 2014, with a 600 mm lens.

 

14051345 Fireflies mating, Microphotus fragilis. The larviform female produces a continuous glow to attract a mate. The female is 20 mm in length and the male 8 mm in length. Identification provided by Dr. Joseph Cicero. Photographed in Carr Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, Arizona, on the night of May 18, 2014 with a 150 mm lens, flash, and a 5 second exposure.

 

14041529 Blue-throated Hummingbird male, Lampornis clemenciae, feeding at Mexican thistle flower, Cirsium neomexicanum. Photographed in Cave Creek Canyon, Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, on April 14, 2014, with a 300 mm lens.

 

14032093 Costa's Hummingbird male, Calypte costae, feeding at chuparosa flower, Justicia californica. Photographed at Ironwood Forest National Monument, Arizona, on March 25, 2014, with a 300 mm lens.

 

14020594 Costa's Hummingbird female, Calypte costae, with a feather for its nest. Photographed with natural light at Ironwood Forest National Monument, Arizona, on February 26, 2014, with a 300 mm lens and 1.4x.

 

14010158 Allen's Hummingbird male, Selasphorus sasin, feeding at red monkey flower, Diplacus puniceus. Photographed with natural light at Whittier Narrows Nature Center, South El Monte, California, on January 2, 2014, with a 300 mm lens.

 

13100012 Sinaloa Wren, Thryothorus sinaloa, a very rare visitor to the U.S. Potentially the third U.S. record. When it first arrived in early September 2013, it was still in juvenile plumage and was missing most of its tail feathers. It has since molted into its adult plumage and replaced its tail feathers. Photographed in Huachuca Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on October 7, 2013, with a 600 mm lens and 1.4x.

 

13083107 Blue-footed Booby immature, Sula nebouxii, in flight. Photographed at Patagonia Lake State Park, Arizona, on August 27, 2013, with a 600 mm lens.

 

13070595 White-eared Hummingbird female and nestlings, Hylocharis leucotis. Photographed in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on July 11, 2013, with a 300 mm lens and 1.4x. White-eared Hummingbird DVD now available. Details here.

 

13063698 Mexican Spotted Owl female feeding fledglings, Strix occidentalis lucida. Shortly before dark this female flew to a tree and retrieved a half-eaten woodrat that had been stashed the night before. Photographed in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on June 25, 2013, with a 300 mm lens. Mexican Spotted Owl DVD now available. Details here.

 

13061859 Northern Goshawk second year female feeding nestling, Accipiter gentilis. Photographed in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on June 11, 3013, with a 600 mm lens and 1.4x.

 

13061586 White-eared Hummingbird male, Hylocharis leucotis, feeding at coral bells flower, Heuchera sanguinea. Photographed in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on June 11, 2013, with a 300 mm lens. White-eared Hummingbird DVD now available. Details here.

 

13050533 Northern Pygmy-Owl, Glaucidium gnoma, with Yarrow's Spiny Lizard, Sceloporus jarrovii. Well, most of the lizard. Photographed in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on May 14, 2013, with a 600 mm lens with a 1.4x.

 

13030796 and 13020798 Sword-billed Hummingbird male, Ensifera ensifera, feeding at flower. Even while viewing this hummingbird it did not seem real, it could not be possible. Photographed at Guango Lodge, Ecuador, on February 3, 2013, with a 300 mm lens.

 

13010319 Allen's Hummingbird male, Selasphorus sasin, feeding at Salvia greggii flower. Photographed at Whittier Narrows Nature Center, California, on January 5, 2013, with a 300 mm lens.

12115905 Merlin female, Falco columbarius. Photographed at Brown Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on November 28, 2012, with a 600 mm lens.

12110530 King Penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus, attempting to take flight. Photographed at Salisbury Plain, South Georgia Island, on November 2, 2012, with a 70-300 mm lens.

12091181 Slug Moth larva, Monoleuca obliqua. This spectacular larva was only 1/2 inch long and almost ready to pupate. Reared from the egg on manzanita leaves. Photographed in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on September 24, 2012, with a 150 mm macro lens.

12080398 Black Bear, Ursus americanus, in sycamore tree. Photographed in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, on August 15, 2012, with a 300 mm lens.

2050888 Black-crowned Night-Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, feeding on a Tiger Salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum. As its name implies this species is usually active at night. This individual was photographed in the early morning on May 12, 2012, at Cochise Lake, Willcox, Arizona, with a 600 mm lens and 1.4x teleconverter.

12050495 Western Spotted Skunk, Spilogale gracilis. This species is arguably the cutest member of the skunk family. Photographed at night on May 10, 2012, in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, with a 150 mm lens.

12031031 Broad-billed Hummingbird male, Cynanthus latirostris, feeding at a cactus flower, Echinocereus sp. Photographed on March 27, 2012, in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, southeast Arizona, with a 300 mm lens.

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