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. Photos are provided in no particular order, although bird photos are at the top, while landscape and animal photos are at the bottom.  Click on a photo of photo name to view the higher-resolution photograph.  Enjoy!!


And in case you can't tell from the contents of this page...I REALLY dig owls...  :-)

Mandarin Duck - Aix galericulata Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis Short-eared Owl - Asio flammeus
Mandarin Duck
November 15th, 2020
Yankton, South Dakota
Western Grebe
July 12th, 2020
Lake Whitewood, South Dakota
Short-eared Owl
January 2nd, 2021
Near Brookings, South Dakota
Horned Puffin - Fratercula corniculata Black-billed Magpie - Pica hudsonia  Marbled Godwit - Limosa fedoa
Horned Puffin
August 8th, 2010
Near Seward, Alaska
Black-billed Magpie (and Bison)
January 2017
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Marbled Godwit
April 23rd, 2020
Lake Thompson, South Dakota
 Burrowing Owl - Athene cunicularia  Ring-necked Pheasant - Phasianus colchicus  Rough-legged Hawk - Buteo lagopus
 Burrowing Owl
August 22nd, 2008
Near Brandon, South Dakota
 Ring-necked Pheasant
December 2008
Near Presho, South Dakota
Rough-legged Hawk
February 12th, 2011
Lyman County, South Dakota
 Southern Cassowary - Casuarius casuarius  Eastern Rosella - Platycercus eximius  Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus moluccanus
 Southern Cassowary
June 5th, 2019
Daintree National Park, Queensland, Australia
 Eastern Rosella
June 1st, 2019
Near Bellingen, Australia
 Rainbow Lorikeet
June 12th, 2019
Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia
Spotted Catbird - Ailuroedus maculosus White-cheeked Honeyeater - Phylidonyris niger Superb Fairy-wren - Malurus cyaneus
Spotted Catbird
June 11th, 2019
Near Tarzali, Australia
White-cheeked Honeyeater
June 1st, 2019
Bongil Bongil National Park, Australia
Superb Fairy-wren
June 1st, 2019
Near Coffs Harbour, Australia
Gyrfalcon - Falco rusticolus Gila Woodpecker - Melanerpes uropygialis Great Kiskadee - Pitangus sulphuratus
February 16th, 2004
Near Presho, South Dakota
 Gila Woodpecker
April 20th, 2014
Tucson, Arizona
Great Kiskadee
December 2nd, 2015
Near Volga, South Dakota (!!)
 Le Conte's Sparrow - Ammodramus leconteii  Western Bluebird - Sialia mexicana  Northern Hawk Owl - Surnia ulula
  Le Conte's Sparrow
October 21st, 2016
Lincoln County, South Dakota
Western Bluebird
May 1st, 2008
Zion National Park, Utah
Northern Hawk Owl
December 13th, 2004
Sax-Zim Bog, Minnesota
Elf Owl - Micrathene whitneyi Blue Grosbeak - Passerina caerulea Black-throated Green Warbler - Setophaga virens
Elf Owl
May 7th, 2008
Outskirts of Tucson, Arizona
Blue Grosbeak
May 30th, 2015
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
  Black-throated Green Warbler
May 24th, 2012
Acadia National Park, Maine
Osprey - Pandion haliaetus Rufous Hummingbird - Selasphorus rufus Roseate Spoonbill - Platalea ajaja
December 28th, 2007
Gavin's Point Dam, SD / NE
Rufous Hummingbird
August 6th, 2013
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Roseate Spoonbill
December 10th, 2012
Everglades Nat'l Park, Florida
Barred Owl - Strix varia Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis
Barred Owl
May 6th, 2017
Newton Hills State Park, SD
Cedar Waxwing
June 28th, 2011
Ecola State Park, Oregon
Northern Cardinal
November 9th, 2007
Big Sioux Recreation Area, SD
Long-eared Owl - Asio otus Costa's Hummingbird - Calypte costae Snowy Owl - Bubo scandiacus
Long-eared Owl
November 2007
Big Sioux Recreation Area, SD
Costa's Hummingbird
November 2015
Madera Canyon, Arizona
Snowy Owl
November 2015
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 
Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus 
Prairie Falcon
January 2019
Fort Pierre National Grasslands, SD
Bald Eagle
May 18th, 2014
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Bald Eagle
May 20th, 2014
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Stelgidopteryx serripennis Elegant Trogon - Trogon elegans  
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
May 10th, 2020
Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota
Elegant Trogon
November 2015
Florida Canyon, Arizona


Mountain Goat - Oreamnos americanus  Gray Wolf - Canis lupus   Grizzly Bear - Ursus arctos
Mountain Goat
August 2016
Glacier National Park, Wyoming
Gray Wolf
March 3rd, 2013
Sax-Zim Bog, Minnesota 
 Grizzly Bear
August 2nd, 2016
Banff National Park, Canada
Bobcat - Lynx rufus   Western Diamondback Rattlesnake  - Crotalus atrox  Dall Sheep - Ovis dalli
May 7th, 2008
Near Tucson, Arizona
 Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
April 17th, 2014
Saguaro National Park, Arizona
 Dall Sheep
August 13th, 2010
Denali National Park, Alaska
Dingo - Canis lupus dingo Saltwater Crocodile - Crocodylus porosus Grey-headed Flying Fox - Pteropus poliocephalus
June 7th, 2019
Near Tarzali, Queensland, Australia
Saltwater Crocodile
June 5th, 2019
Near Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
 Grey-headed Flying Fox
June 3rd, 2019
Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia


 Saguaro Sky - Arizona Lake Louise - "Teahouse Hike"   Fly Agaric Mushroom - Photo
 Saguaro Sky
May 5th, 2008
Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Lake Louise "Teahouse Hike"
July 2016
Banff National Park, Canada
Fly Agaric Mushroom
August 2010
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
 Lightning Flats - Montana    
  Lightning Flats
July 2002
Eastern Montana


Long-horned Bee - Eucerini mellisodes   Meadowhawk - Sympetrum  Ambush Bug - Phymatinae
Long-horned Bee
July 2015
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
August 2015
Brandon, South Dakota
 Ambush Bug
August 2015
Brandon, South Dakota
Bicolored Striped Sweat Bee - Agepostemon virescens    
 Bicolored Striped Sweat Bee
September 2019
Minnehaha County, South Dakota

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