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South Dakota Birds and Birding -- My Favorite Photos

The photos below are a mix of my personal favorites, for either the photo itself, or for the experience in getting the photo.  Only requirements to make this page is that they have to be one of my favorites, and have to be of high-quality and resolution.    As a rule, these photos should make very good prints.

Click on the photo to view the higher-resolution version.  The birds are (very) roughly in taxonomical order, as you'd find them in a field guide.   Non-bird photos (landscape, other animals, etc.) are towards the bottom.  Enjoy!!

Canada Goose - Branta canadensis Mallard Ducklings - Anas platyrhynchos Harlequin Duck - Histrionicus histrionicus Male Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola
Canada Goose Mallard Ducklings Harlequin Duck Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck - Oxyura jamaicensis Ruddy Duck - Oxyura jamaicensis Ring-necked Pheasant Ring-necked Pheasant - Phasianus colchicus
Ruddy Duck Northern Bobwhite Ring-necked Pheasant Ring-necked Pheasant
Blue Grouse - Dendragapus obscurus  Wild Turkey - Meleagris gallopavo  Common Loon - Gavia immer  Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis 
Dusky (Blue) Grouse  Wild Turkey Calling Loon Western Grebe with Chick 
Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena  Double-crested Cormorant - Phalacrocorax auritus  American White Pelican - Pelecanus erythrorhynchos  American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus 
Red-necked Grebe Double-crested Cormorant American Pelican American Bittern
Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor  Black-crowned Night Heron - Nycticorax Nycticorax  Yellow-crowned Night-heron - Nyctanassa violacea  Roseate Spoonbill - Platalea ajaja 
Tricolored Heron Black-crowned Night-heron  Yellow-crowned Night-heron Roseate Spoonbill
Wood Stork - Mycteria americana  Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus  Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura  Osprey - Pandion haliaetus 
Wood Stork  Black Vulture Turkey Vulture Osprey
Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus  Sharp-shinned Hawk - Accipiter striatus  Red-shouldered Hawk - Buteo lineatus   Swainson's Hawk - Buteo swainsoni 
Bald Eagle Sharp-shinned Hawk  Red-shouldered Hawk  Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis  Ferruginous Hawk in Flight - Buteo regalis  Rough-legged Hawk - Buteo lagopus  Golden Eagle - Aquila chrysaetos 
Red-tailed Hawk  Ferruginous Hawk Rough-legged Hawk Golden Eagle 
American Kestrel - Falco sparverius  Merlin - Falco columbarius  Gyrfalcon - Falco rusticolus  Gyrfalcon - Falco rusticolus 
American Kestrel Merlin Gyrfalcon Gyrfalcon
Gyrfalcon - Falco rusticolus Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Virginia Rail - Rallus limicola Sandhill Crane - Antigone canadensis
Gyrfalcon Prairie Falcon  Virginia Rail Sandhill Crane
Black Oystercatcher - Haematopus bachmani Willet - Catoptrophorus semipalmatus Hudsonian Godwit -   Limosa haemastica Marbled Godwit in Flight - Limosa fedoa
Black Oystercatcher Willet Hudsonian Godwit 4  Marbled Godwit
Black Turnstone - Arenaria melanocephala Surfbird - Calidris virgata Purple Sandpiper - Calidris maritima Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata 
Black Turnstone  Surfbird Purple Sandpiper Wilson's Snipe
Ross's Gull - Rhodostethia rosea  Thayer's Gull - Larus thayeri  Black Tern - Chlidonias niger Black Tern - Chlidonias niger
Ross's Gull Thayer's Gull  Black Tern Black Tern
Horned Puffin - Fratercula corniculata Horned Puffin - Fratercula corniculata Tufted Puffin - Fratercula cirrhata Black-billed Cuckoo - Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Horned Puffin  Horned Puffin  Tufted Puffin  Black-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech Owl - Megascops asio Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus Northern Hawk Owl - Surnia ulula Great Gray Owl - Strix nebulosa 
Eastern Screech Owl Snowy Owl Northern Hawk Owl Great Grey Owl 
Elf Owl - Micrathene whitneyi Long-eared Owl - Asio otus Long-eared Owl - Asio otus Burrowing Owl - Athene cunicularia
Elf Owl Long-eared Owl Long-eared Owl Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl - Athene cunicularia Short-eared Owl - Asio flammeus  Short-eared Owl in Flight - Asio flammeus Chimney Swift - Chaetura pelagica
Burrowing Owl Short-eared Owl Short-eared Owl  Chimney Swift
Broad-billed Hummingbird Female on Nest - Cynanthus latirostris Ruby-throated Hummingbird   Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Archilochus colubris Anna's Hummingbird in Flight - Calypte anna
Nesting Broad-billed Hummingbird Ruby-throated Hummingbird  Ruby-throated Hummingbird   Anna's Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird - Calypte costae Red-headed Woodpecker - Melanerpes erythrocephalus Gila Woodpecker - Melanerpes uropygialis Red-bellied Woodpecker - Melanerpes carolinus
Costa's Hummingbird Red-headed Woodpecker  Gila Woodpecker  Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus varius Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens  Red-shafted Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus Gilded Flicker - Colaptes chrysoides
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Downy Woodpecker Northern Flicker  Gilded Flicker 
Pileated Woodpecker - Dryocopus pileatus Eastern Wood-pewee - Contopus virens Black Phoebe - Sayornis nigricans Vermilion Flycatcher - Pyrocephalus rubinus
Pileated Woodpecker Eastern Wood-pewee  Black Phoebe Vermilion Flycatcher 
Western Kingbird - Tyrannus verticalis Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Tyrannus forficatus Loggerhead Shrike - Lanius ludovicianus Yellow-throated Vireo - Vireo flavifrons
Western Kingbird  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Loggerhead Shrike Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo - Vireo solitarius Gray Jay - Perisoreus canadensis Steller's Jay - Cyanocitta stelleri Common Raven - Corvus corax
Blue-headed Vireo Gray Jay Steller's Jay Common Raven
Tree Swallow - Tachycineta bicolor Cliff Swallow - Petrochelidon pyrrhonota  Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapilla  Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Poecile rufescens
Tree Swallow Cliff Swallow  Black-capped Chickadee Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bridled Titmouse - Baeolophus wollweberi White-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta carolinensis Cactus Wren - Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus Sedge Wren - Cistothorus platensis
Bridled Titmouse White-breasted Nuthatch Cactus Wren Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren - Cistothorus palustris American Dipper - Cinclus mexicanus Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Regulus calendula Western Bluebird - Sialia mexicana
Marsh Wren American Dipper Ruby-crowned Kinglet Western Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird - Sialia currucoides Townsend's Solitaire - Myadestes townsendi Swainson's Thrush - Catharus ustulatus Sage Thrasher - Oreoscoptes montanus
Mountain Bluebird Townsend's Solitaire Swainson's Thrush Sage Thrasher
Sprague's Pipit - Anthus spragueii Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum Phainopepla - Phainopepla nitens Orange-crowned Warbler - Vermivora celata
Sprague's Pipit Cedar Waxwing Phainopepla Orange-crowned Warbler
Tennessee warbler - Vermivora peregrina Northern Parula - Setophaga americana Chestnut-sided Warbler - Setophaga pensylvanica Prairie Warbler - Setophaga discolor 
Tennessee Warbler Northern Parula Chestnut-sided Warbler Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler - Setophaga caerulescens Black-throated Green Warbler - Setophaga virens Black-throated Green Warbler - Setophaga virens Black-and-white Warbler - Mniotilta varia
Black-throated Blue Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler Black-and-White Warbler
American Redstart - Setophaga ruticilla Ovenbird - Seiurus aurocapillus Northern Waterthrush - Seiurus noveboracensis Common Yellowthroat - Geothlypis trichas
American Redstart Ovenbird Northern Waterthrush Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee - Pipilo maculatus Eastern Towhee - Pipilo erythrophthalmus Lark Sparrow - Chondestes grammacus Black-throated Sparrow - Amphispiza bilineata
Spotted Towhee Eastern Towhee Lark Sparrow Black-throated Sparrow
Baird's Sparrow - Ammodramus bairdii Le Conte's Sparrow -- Ammodramus leconteii Fox Sparrow - Passerella iliaca Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia
Baird's Sparrow Le Conte's Sparrow Fox Sparrow Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow - Melospiza lincolnii Harris's Sparrow - Zonotrichia querula Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis Scarlet Tanger - Piranga olivacea
Lincoln's Sparrow Harris's Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis Western Meadowlark - Sturnella neglecta Yellow-headed Blackbird - Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Northern Cardinal Northern Cardinal Western Meadowlark Yellow-headed Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole - Icterus galbula Common Redpoll - Carduelis flammea Hoary Redpoll - Carduelis hornemanni  
Baltimore Oriole Common Redpoll Hoary Redpoll  


Bobcat - Lynx rufus

Black Bear - Ursus americanus

Grizzly Bear - Ursus arctos

Coyote -  Canis latrans


Black Bear

Grizzly Bear


Pronghorn - Antilocapra americana

American Bison - Bison bison 

American Elk - Cervus canadensis 

Dall Sheep - Ovis dalli 


American Bison

Young Elk

Dall Sheep

Snapping Turtle - Chelydra serpentina 

Sea Otter - Enhydra lutris 

Mountain Goat - Oreamnos americanus 


Snapping Turtle

Sea Otter

Mountain Goat 



Mushroom Landscape 1 Mushroom Landscape 3 Saguaro Sky - Saguaro National Park, Arizona  Wildflowers 
Fly Agaric (Amarita muscaria) Mushroom Scape Saguaro Sky  Wildflowers

Sedona Landscape 

Montana Storm 


Sedona Landscape

Montana Storm


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