Gila Woodpecker feeding chicks, Gilbert Water Ranch, June 2016

I went to the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch (RPWR) in Gilbert. This post has a few pictures. I went with Maggie, Gus, and Peter. We got there early before it got hot. It was nice to get the Gila Woodpecker feeding her chick. The ripe Saguaro fruit made a good feast for the Gila Woodpeckers and the White-winged Doves.

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  1. Maggie
    Posted July 10, 2016 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Great photos, Joe! I especially love the one of the mama feeding the big baby, but they are wonderful. 🙂

  2. Maggie
    Posted July 10, 2016 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    One more comment – it would be great to leave a comment/question on a single photo. For instance, on the black-crowned night heron, is that normal for it to have “hair” going down behind its head?

    Anyway, just thought I would throw that out there. 😀

    • Joe
      Posted July 11, 2016 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the comments! Yes, the feather (aka ‘plume’) down the back of the head is a characteristic of the Black-crowned Night Heron. Some other herons also have it e.g. the Great Blue Heron.

      I agree it would be nice to be able to comment on individual photos. I wanted that capability when I started the blog in 2011. I settled on a photo gallery plug in that couldn’t do it – I decided the pros of the plugin outweighed the cons, and people could comment on individual photos in a gallery by describing the photo, as you did with the heron. However, this shortcoming still bothers me. There may be some options to fix this now – I need to look into it some more.

  3. Terry Kenny
    Posted July 31, 2016 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Some amazing pics! Those Saguaro must be a treat for those babies?

    • Joe
      Posted August 1, 2016 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Terry. I think they’re happy when the Saguaro fruit ripens 🙂

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