Trump and the (Mis)Uses of Distraction


President Trump has decided to punish reporters whose coverage he dislikes. His sycophantic press secretary, Sean Spicer, has barred journalists from The New York Times, CNN and several other news organizations from attending Spicer’s daily briefing, a extremely unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps. It’s an outrage; even Dick Nixon, at his most venal,…

Hawk Launch


Hawk diversity was a little thin on WC’s recent trip to southeast Arizona. But there were a lot of Red-tailed Hawks. Here’s a three second sequence of a Red-tailed launching after prey. The three photos represent 1.9 seconds of elapsed time. This hawk is a big bird, but he gets under way very quickly. It…

Anna's Hummingbird Male, Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

Flying Jewels, 2017 Edition


Among the New World’s birds, surely hummingbirds, the “Flying Jewels,” are the most extraordinary. WC spent some time in Tucson’s Sonora Desert Museum recently, which includes a delightful Hummingbird Aviary. They are photos you could get in the field, and WC has some nice hummingbird photos from the trip, But it’s easier where the birds’…