Kicker Rock, Galapagos

Galapagos Kicker Rock-332

Kicker Rock is a popular site off of San Cristobal
Island, the easternmost island in the Galapagos Archipelagos.  It is the remains of a lava cone that has split in two. If you look to the right of Kicker Rock, you can see a Zodiac with people in it, for size comparison. People like to dive and snorkel in the area, as well as photography and birding.

Cinnamon Teal

Cinnamon Teal at Tres Rios BIRDS & BLOG

These beautiful birds are winter visitors only in the Greater Phoenix area, coming to our local wetlands. Surprising to many people, they do have some green or blue under their wings. While we all expect to see this in, for example, the Green-winged Teals, it is also true for the Cinnamon Teals, although to a much smaller amount.

Least Bittern

Least Bittern 2012 BIRDS

From Cornell University’s “All About Birds”  –

“A tiny heron, furtive and surpassingly well camouflaged, the Least
Bittern is one of the most difficult North American marsh birds to spot.”

I was lucky to spot this unusual heron and snapped off a few shots before it flew away. While I have seen them before, they have always been hiding in the reeds and bushes.