The easiest way to view the birds is by clicking on the following:
This takes you to multiple albums.
Birds by Region
www.ComingsBirds.com Mostly California, species including Island Scrub Jay, Long-billed Curlew, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Marbled Godwit, Wood Duck and others.
www.ComingsBirds.com/Arctic 13 new species. Arctic birds including Atlantic Puffin, Little Auk, Razorbilled Auk, Common Eider, Brunnich's Guillemot, Purple Sandpiper and Ivory Gull plus lots of Polar Bears.
37 species of Falkland Island, South Georgia and Antarctic birds, 5 species of seals, 40 video clips, ice and icebergs and many geographical sites.
45 species of Argentinian birds from the Buenos Aires open aviary, Reserva Natural Otamendi, and Tierra del Fuego.
75 Arizona birds including 9 hummingbirds (Magnificent, Blue-throated, Lucifer, Broad-tailed, others); 8 warblers (Grace's, Lucy's, Orange-crowned, Townsend's, Virginia, others); Green-tailed Towhee, Harris Hawk, Golden Eagle, Yellow-eyed Junco, Scott's and Hooded Oriole, and others.
23 species. 2010 Sandhill Crane Festival - Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese, Ross's Goose, Peregrine Falcon.
We returned to the Bosque in 2015 for a Arthur Morris course on Birds as Art.
23 species including Blue-headed and Purple-throated Hummingbird, Bullfinch, Caribbean Elaenia, Red-necked Parrot, Red-billed Tropicbird and Bananaquit.
16 species from a short birding trip including 4 tanagers, 2 saltators, 4 hummingbirds, Black-crested Jay, Pale-breasted Thrush and Red-crowned Woodpecker.
5 new species from the salt marshes and a tour of Cape May and environs.
One month of birding in Costa Rica. Eleven different Ecolodges. 240 species, 175 new to ComingsBirds. Hummingbirds 22 species, flycatchers 14, Tanagers 15, Warblers 8, Parrots 7, Woodpeckers 6, Trogons 6, Motmots 5, Kites 5, Kingfishers 4, Jabiru, Volcano Junco and many others. Over 4,500 photos.
58 species of beautiful and exotic African, South American and Australian birds.
My experience with Discovery Cove photography was so great that I extended my aviary hunting to three California Zoos: LA Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo and San Diego Zoo producing 100+ new species and great photos.
2 new species from the aviaries at the Denver Zoo.
45 species including Little Blue and Tri-colored Heron, White Ibis, Bald Eagle, Reddish Egret, Laughing Gull, American White Pelican, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, others.
32 species. Highlights include Waver Albatross, Smooth-billed Ani, Blue-footed Booby, Cactus Large, Medium and Small Grown Finch, Magnificent Frigate, Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Penguin, Galapagos and Hooded Mockingbird, and others.
33 species. Highlights include 'I'wi, Akeke'e, Amakihi, Apapone, Red-crested Cardinal, Zebra Dove, Nene Goose, Layasan Albatross, Grey Francolin, Japanese White-eye, Maui Creeper, Hawaiian Owl, Java Sparrow and others.
30 new Species of birds including African Ground Hornbill, Blacksmith Plover, Cape Thick-knee, Crested Oropendola, Hawk-headed Parrot, Hooded Vulture, Magpie Robin, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Renauld's Ground Cucko, and others.
www.ComingsBirds.com/Iceland 16 New species including Tufted Duck, Long-tailed Duck, Red-throated Loon, Meaow Pipit, Golden Plover, Redwing, Common Redshank, Snipe, European Shag, Whooper Swan, and White Wagtail.
285 new species of birds from Kenya and Tanzania. 40 different species of mammals. Multiple slideshows and many videos. 22 Weavers, 13 Sunbirds, 10 Eagles, 10 Cisticolas, 9 Lapwings, 9 Starlings, 7 Francolins/Spurfowls, 7 Kingfishers, and many others.
Monterey Aquarium aviary with 1 new species, the Red Phalarope, with videos of it swimming in circles. Also multiple other photos.
110 new species. Highlights include 4 new species of abatross, all 3 species of kiwi, very rare birds such as Blue, Yellow-eyed and Fiordland Crested Penguins, Takahe, Kakapo, Blue Duck and Black Stilt. Other notables incude Tuis, Saddlebacks, Bellbirds, New Zealand Falcon, Brown Skua, and many others.
Magnificant MaGee Marsh Warbler Capital of the US. 22 different species of warblers plus other Eastern birds and birds of the Toledo Zoo.
57 species. Highlights include Black-footed Albatross, Auklets (2), Cormorants (3), American Dipper (= movie), Pacific-slpe Flycatcher, Pigeon Guillemont, Belter Kingfisher, Xantus Murrelet, Red-necked Phalarope, Tuften Puffin, Island Scrup Jay, Shearwaters (3) and others. Photos from 4 different pelagic trips.
Photos of the Panama Canal from east to west. No bird photos
36 new species, highlights include Peruvian Booby, Speckled Chachalaca, Guanay and Red-legged Cormorant, West-peruvian Dove, Great Grebe, Belcher's, Grey and Grey-hooded Gull, Amazilla Hummingbird, Costal Miner, Burrowing Owl, Peruvian Pelican, Stilt Sandpiper, Sierra Finch, Peruvian Thick-knee, Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Many-colored Rush Tyrant and others.
8 new species. Photos of statues of Easter Island and of islands of French Polynesia - Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Bora Bora and Fakarava.
Wray, Colorado, home of a Greater Prairie Chicken lek showing their beautiful mating dances.
100,000 Sandhill Cranes at the Platte River, Rowe Sanctuary and Iain Nicolson Audubon Center. Lots of videos.
High Island and Galveston. 14 new species and numerous previously shown species. Most notable Black & White Warbler, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak Great-tailed Grackle Swallow-tailed Kite, Neotropic Cormorant, Scarlet and Summer Tanager, Lesser Yellowlegs, Roseate Spoonbill and others.
39 new species taken on numerous trips around ASA Wright Nature Center in Trinidad, and Cuffie River Nature Retreat and Blue Waters Inn in Tobago.
Adult Nutmeg Mannikins and photos of the development of the plumage of juveniles from just after hatching to 38 weeks
Birds by Group
Click to go to: www.ComingsBirds.com/Birdgroups-A-K
Click to go to: www.ComingsBirds.com/Birdgroups-G-L
Click to go to: www.ComingsBirds.com/Birdgroups-M-R
Click to go to: www.ComingsBirds.com/Birdgroups-S-Z
Click to go to: www.ComingsBirds.com/Birdgroupssummary
Contains all the birds of the different regional websites combined, divided into 251 different bird groups, 1,347 different species, and 9,601 individual photographs.
After a 37-year career as a physician and head of the Department of Medical Genetics at the City of Hope Medical Center in Southern California, I retired in 2002. After writing a book on the science of evolution, spirituality and religion entitled "Did Man Create God?"
www.didmancreategod.com I was ready for something less academic, so my wife and I signed up for a trip to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. One of the remarkable wonders of these beautiful islands is the ability to see the birds and mammals up close and personal. This pending trip revived my long quiescent love of birding and wildlife photography. In anticipation of the trip I purchased a Canon SLR and an f2.8 70-200 mm Series L telephoto lens with a 2X extender. The photos are fine tuned with Aperture 2 on a Mac. To familiarize myself with this new equipment I began photographing birds in my backyard and in nature preserves around Southern California and other parts of the US. Later I upgraded further to a Canon 100-400 mm L series telephoto lens and then to a Sony a-77 SLT with a 70-400 mm lens. Pressing a single button increases it to 888 mm (nice!).
These photographic adventures went so well that I decided to share my efforts with others. This web site is set up so that the top of the home page lists different individual birds or groups of birds. Clicking on the name will take the reader to a separate page devoted to the relevant photographs. The photographs are in high resolution providing the viewer with the full stunning beauty of the birds. As the number of species and places increased I produced the numerous sub-web sites shown above.
To see a quick review of the birds click on SLIDESHOW.
In most cases I have posted multiple photographs of the same species. This allows the viewer to appreciate the many aspects of these birds – standing, flying and close-ups of their marvelous faces and their often starkly beautiful eyes. Click on a thumbnail to enlarge it. You can then navigate to other pictures using "next" or "previous" or return to the thumbnails using "home."
In some cases multiple related species have been placed in a folder with the name in capitals, like DUCKS. To see the individual species click on the folder. The individual species are listed under the fine line in the blue space. Click of these to open the page.
Movies of selected birds are provided on the "BIRD MOVIES" page. The Nutmeg Mannikins, adults and juveniles, were so striking and plentiful that they have their own web page that can be assessed by clicking on NutmegMannikin.com.
All photos are copyrighted but to improve visibility I have not placed copyright notices on most of the photographs. Please respect the copyright. If you wish a high-resolution copy of the figure for non-exclusive use email me at the Contact Me page and I will send you the photograph at no charge. If they are published on either the web or in print my only request is that the source be credited. If you see any mistakes feel free to let me know.
I acknowledge Wikepedia for the systematics and other information.
David E Comings, M.D. Enjoy!