These photos run the gamut of my evolution as a bird photographer, ranging from some early efforts that are in poor focus to excellent shots in crisp focus and good lighting.

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Struthionidae (Ostriches, Emus, Rheas)
Ostrich (Struthio camelus)



Anatidae (Ducks & Geese)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
American Widgeon (Anas americana)

Northern Shovelor (Anas clypeata)
 
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discolors)

Red-billed Teal (Anas erythrorhyncha)

Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
photos added 02/11/18
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)

Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
Redhead (Aythya americana)
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsonii)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)
Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor)

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)
Masked Duck (Oxyura dominicus)

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  



Cracidae (Curassows, Guans)
Plain Chacalaca (Ortalis vetula)



Phasianidae (Partridges, Grouse, Turkey)
Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) 
Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus fulginosus)  
Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis)
Turkey (Meleagris gallapavo)
Red-billed Francolin (Pternistes adspersus)



Numididae (Guineafowl)
Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)


Odontophoridae (New World Quail)

California Quail (Callipepla californica)

Scaled Quail (Callipepla squamata)
Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
NEW! photos added 02/11/18



Gaviidae (Loons)
Common Loon (Gavia immer)



Podicepedidae (Grebes)
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 



Procellariidae (Shearwaters, Petrels)
Cory's Shearwater (Callonectris diomedea)



Hydrobatidae (Storm-Petrels)
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (Oceanodrama castro)
Leach's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodrama leucorhoa)



Fregetidae (Frigatebirds)
Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregeta magnificens)



Pelicanidae (Pelicans)
American White Pelican (Pelicanus erythrorhynchus)  
Brown Pelican (Pelicanus occidentalis)



Anhingidae (Darters)
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) photos added 02/11/18



Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants)
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalocrocorax brasilianus)
 
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalocrocorax pelagicus)




Ardeidae (Herons & Egrets)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)   
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
   photos added 02/11/18
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)  
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
 
Tri-colored Heron (Egretta tricolor)

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) 
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)



Ciconiidae (Storks)
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
 photos added 02/11/18




Threskiornithidae (Ibises)
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)
White-faced Ibis (Plegladis chihi)



Carthartidae (New World Vultures)
Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)  
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
 
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)




Acciptridae (Hawks, Kites, Eagles)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperi)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax)
 
Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonatus) 
Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur)
 
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
 photos added 01/30/18
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Gray Hawk (Buteo nitidus)

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)
Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)
Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus)
Gabar Goshawk (Melierax gabar)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
 
Harris' Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
 



Falconidae (Falcons)
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)  
Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Rock Kestrel (Falco rupicolis)

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

Pygmy Falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus)


Aramidae (Limpkin)
Limpkin (Aramaus guarauna) NEW! photos added 02/11/18


Rallidae (Rails)
Sora (Coturnicops noveboracensis)
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
American Coot (Fulica americana)
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica)
  NEW! photos added 02/11/18



Gruidae (Cranes)
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)



Otididae (Bustards)
Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori)
Rüppell's Korhaan (Eupodotis rueppellii)



Charadriidae (Plovers)
Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)  
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica)
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
NEW! photos added 02/11/18
Blacksmith Lapwing (Vanellus armatus)
Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus)




Jacanidae (Jacanas)
Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa)



Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmanni)


Recurvirostridae (Stilts, Avocets)
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)



Scolopacidae (Sandpipers)
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
NEW! photos added 02/11/18
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
NEW! photos added 02/11/18
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)
NEW! photos added 02/11/18
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)

Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
Willet (Tringa semipalmata)
NEW! photos added 02/11/18
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)



Laridae (Gulls, Terns)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla) photos added 02/11/18
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarenesis)

Glaucus-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)

Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)
Royal Tern (Thalasseus maxima)
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)
Black Tern (Childonias niger)



Alcidae - (Auks, Murres, Puffins)
Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus)
Rhinocerus Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata)
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)


Pteroclidae (Sandgrouse)
Namaqua Sandgrouse (Pterocles namaqua)



Columbidae (Doves, Pigeons)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia)  
Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)
Inca Dove (Columbina inca) photos added 02/11/18
Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina)
 
White-tipped Dover (Leptotila verreauxi)  

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) 
 
Cape Turtle Dove (Streptopelia capicola)
 
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
 
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)
 
White-winged Dover (Zenaida asiatica)
 
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
 



Psittacidae (Parrots)
Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis)



Musophagidae (Turacos)
Gray Lourie (Corythaixoides concolor)



Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
Groove-billed Ani (Crotophaga sulcirostris)
Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)




Strigidae (Owls)
Burrowing Owl (Athene canicularia)
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)
NEW! photos added 01/30/18
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Barred Owl (Strix varia)



Tytonidae (Barn & Grass Owls)
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)



Caprimulgidae (Nightjars)
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)
 
Common Paraque (Nyctidromus albicollis)
NEW! photos added 02/11/18



Apodidae (Swifts)
Common Swift (Apus apus)
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)



Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Buff-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia yucatanensis)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae)
Magnificent Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens) NEW! photos added 01/14/18
Plain-capped Starthroat (Heliomaster constantii)

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) NEW! photos added 01/14/18
Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
  photos added 01/14/18



Coliidae (Mousebirds)
White-backed Mousebird (Colius colius)



Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)  
Ringed Kingfisher (Ceryle torquatus)   photos added 02/11/18
Amazon Kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona)  
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana)



Meropidae (Bee-eaters)
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Merops hirundineus)



Coraciidae (Rollers)
Purple Roller (Coracias naevius)  



Upupidae (Hoopoes)
African Hoopoe (Upupa africana)



Bucerotidae (Hornbills)
Bradfield's Hornbill (Tockus bradfieldi)
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)
 
Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus)



Capitonidae (Barbets)
Acacia Pied Barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) 


Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Golden-tailed Woodpecker (Campethera abingoni)  
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Bearded Woodpecker (Dendropicos namaquus)
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons)
 
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
 
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis)
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  


 
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Eastern Wood Pewee (Contopus virens)
Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii)
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens)

Brown-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus tyrannulus)
 
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)
 
Vermillion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
 
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya)
 
Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchi)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melanocholicus)
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrranus) 

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)




Laniidae (Shrikes)
Common Fiscal (Lanius collaris)
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
 



Malaconotidae (Bush-shrikes)
Black-backed Puffback (Dryoscopus cubla)
Crimson-breasted Shrike (Laniarius atrococcineus)
 
Brown-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra australis)



Vireonidae (Vireos)

Black-capped Vireo (Vireo atricapilla)
Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii)
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
 



Corvidae (Crows & Jays)
Woodhouse's Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma woodhousei)
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
 photos added 01/16/18
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 
Stellar's Jay (Cyanocitta stellari)
 
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas)
 
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
NEW! photos added 02/11/18
Northwestern Crow (Corvus caurinus)
Northern Raven (Corvus corax)
Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)

Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)
 
Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana)
Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)




Alaudidae (Larks)
Sabota Lark (Calendulauda sabota)  
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)




Hirudinidae (Swallows)
Purple Martin (Progne subis)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo fulva) 
photos added 01/12/18
Cave Swallow (Pterochelidon fulva)

Cliff Swallow (Pterochelidon pyrrhonota)
photos added 02/11/18



Dicruridae (Drongos)
Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis)  



Timaliidae (Babblers)
Southern Pied Babbler (Turdoides bicolor)



Paridae (Chickadees & Titmice)
Tufted Titmouse (Baelophus bicolor)  
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
 
Ashy Tit (Parus cinerascens)
Great Tit (Parus major)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
 
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)




Remizidae (Penduline-Tits)
Cape Penduline-Tit (Anthoscopus minutus) 



Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)



Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Cactus Wren (Camplyorhynchus brunneicapillus)
Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus)
 
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 
 
Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) photos added 02/11/18
Bewick's Wren (Thyromanes bewickii)
Carolina Wren (Thyrothorus ludovicianus)

Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)




Regulidae (Kinglets)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)



Sylviidae (Gnatcatchers & Old World Warblers)
Gray-backed Camaroptera (Camaroptera brevicaudata)
Yellow-bellied Eromomela (Eromomela icteropygialis)
 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
 
Black-chested Prinia (Prinia flavicans)

Long-billed Crombec (Sylvietta rufescens)



Cisticolidae (Cisticoloas)
Tinkling Cisticola (Cisticola rufilatus)



Platysteiridae (Batises)
Pririt Batis (Batis pririt)



Muscicapidae (Old World Flycatchers)
Marico Flycatcher (Bradornis mariquensis)  



Turdidae (Thrushes)
Hermit Thrush (Cartharus guttatus)  
Swainson's Thrush (Cartharus ustulatus)
Familiar Chat (Cercomela familiaris)
Kalahari Scrub-robin (Cercotrichas paena)  
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)  
Short-toed Rockthrush (Monticola brevipes)
Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi)
 
Southern Anteating Chat (Myrmecocichla formicivora)

Mountain Wheatear (Oenanthe monticola)
 
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
 
Groundscraper Thrush (Psophocichla litsitsirupa)
 
Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  
 
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)
Clay-colored Robin (Turdus grayi)
 
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
 
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)




Mimidae (Mimic Thrushes)
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottus)  
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufrum)  
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre)

Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
 



Pycnonotidae (Bulbuls)
African Red-eyed Bulbul (Pyconotus nigricans)  



Sturnidae (Starlings)
Burchell's Starling (Lamprotornis australis)  
Cape Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis nitens)



Motacilliade (Pipits & Wagtails)
African Grassveld Pipit (Anthus cinnamomeus)  
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)



Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  



Ptilogonatidae (Silky Flycatchers)
Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens)



Parulidae (Wood Warblers)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)  
Blackburnian Warbler (Dendroica fusca) 
 
Kirtland's Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii)
Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia)

Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus)
 
Palm Warbler (Dendroica palmarum)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Dendroica pennsylvanica)
Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
Black-throated Green Warbler (Dendroica virens)
 
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 
 
Northern Parula (Parula americana)
Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
   
Tennessee Warbler (Vermivora peregrina)
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora pinus)
 
Wilson's Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla)
 
Ovenbird (Seirus aurocapilla)
 
Louisiana Waterthrush (Seirus motacilla)

Northern Waterthrush (Seirus noveboracensis)
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)
Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) 



Thraupidae (Tanagers)
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)  




Nectariniidae (Sunbirds)
Scarlet-chested Sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis)    
Dusky Sunbird (Cinnyris fuscus)  
Marico Sunbird (Cinnyris mariquensis)
 
White-bellied Sunbird (Cinnyris talatala)



Viduidae (Wydahs, Indigobirds)
Shaft-tailed Wydah (Vidua regia)



Estrillidae (Waxbills)
Black-faced Waxbill (Estrilda erythronotus)
Violet-eared Waxbill (Granatina granatina)
Blue Waxbill (Uraeginthus angolensis)
Green-winged Pytilia (Pytilia melba)



Emberizidae (Buntings & Sparrows)
Bachman's Sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis)
Cassin's Sparrow (Aimophila cassinii)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps)    
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodrammus savannarum)
 
Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata)

Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus)

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys)
 photos added 01/30/18
Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calcarius ornatus)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
Golden-breasted Bunting (Emberiza flaviventris)
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hymenalis)
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)
 
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolni)
Eastern Towhee (Papilio erythrophthalmus)
 
Canyon Towhee (Papilio fuscus)

Spotted Towhee (Papilio maculatus)
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
 
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
 
Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
White-collared Seedeater (Sporophila torqueola)
 
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) NEW! photos added 02/11/18
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
NEW! photos added 02/11/18
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
 photos added 02/11/18
Harris's Sparrow (Zonotricha querula) NEW! photos added 02/11/18


Cardinalidae (Cardinals & Grosbeaks)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)    
Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)
 
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena)
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)

Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)
 
Dicksissel (Spiza americana)    



Icteridae (Orioles & Blackbirds)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  
Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
Hooded Oriole (Icterus guttatus)
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 

Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum)
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscala)
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)




Fringillidae (Finches)
Red-headed Finch (Amadina erythrocephala)
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis saltria)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)
Black-throated Canary (Serinus atrogularis)
Yellow Canary (Serinus flaviventris)
 



Passeridae (Weaver Finches)
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver (Bubalornis niger)
Southern Grey-headed Sparrow (Passer diffusus)
 
Cape Sparrow (Passer melanurus)
 
Great Sparrow (Passer motitensis)
 
White-browed Sparrow-weaver (Plocepasser mahali)




Ploceidae (Weavers)
Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius) 
Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus) 
 
Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea)