We begin our November Recent Photos gallery with images from Part One of our Australia tour. Few birds showcase spotting and vermiculation as well as this Red-eared Firetail by participant Linda Rudolph.
Australian King-Parrot is a king-sized species. This molting bird was also photographed by participant Linda Rudolph.
Australia is richly endowed with Psittaculidae (Old World Parrots). This stunning Australian Ringneck (or Port Lincoln Parrot) was another of many species we saw. Photo by participant Linda Rudolph.
The aptly named Red Wattlebird is a large member of the Honeyeater family. Photo by participant Linda Rudolph.
Brilliant New Holland Honeyeaters are remarkably responsive to squeaking. Photo by participant Linda Rudolph.
The bizarre but beautiful Kangaroo Paw, Anigozanthos manglesii, is an Australian flower with a velvety look. Photo by participant Linda Rudolph.
Check out the massive talons on this roosting Powerful Owl, also photographed by Linda. Looks like it's not about to let go of its leftovers.
A trip to Australia would seem incomplete without a Koala sighting. Photo by participant Linda Rudolph.
Sailing across the Indian Ocean from Australia to Africa, with this next set of images we highlight our recent South Africa tour. Lilac-breasted Roller is one of the most recognizable and beautiful species on the continent. Photo by participant Sally Marrone.
This pair of Namaqua Sandgrouse gave us a great look. The plain-headed male is in the foreground. Photo by participant Sally Marrone.
We were lucky enough to find a nesting Senegal Lapwing. Photo by participant Sally Marrone.
This Drakensberg Rockjumper has a mouthful for young nearby. Photo by participant Sally Marrone.
The handsome Bearded Scrub-Robin is widespread in the southeastern part of the African continent. Photo by participant Sally Marrone.
A Red-necked Francolin pair, photographed by participant Sally Marrone.
The scenic Drakensberg Escarpment is home to Lammergeier and the endemic Ground Woodpecker, Bush Blackcap, and Drakensberg Rockjumper. Photo by participant Sally Marrone.
We move north into Europe with images by guide Dave Stejskal from one of our France trips, where Greater Flamingo is the iconic species of the Camargue.
One of the most colorful species during the Camargue portion of our tours was European Bee-eater. Photo by guide Dave Stejskal.
A gourmet picnic dinner in an olive grove is a tradition. The cherry on top of our dessert was seeing this Eurasian Eagle-Owl emerging before dark. Photo by guide Dave Stejskal.
Cirque de Gavarnie in the Pyrenees is one of the most sublime landscapes in Europe. Photo by guide Dave Stejskal.
It pays to keep one eye on the sky in the Pyrenees. A Lammergeier to the left and a Eurasian Griffon dwarf several choughs. Photo by guide Dave Stejskal.
The delightful little European Robin (an Old World Flycatcher) is unrelated to American Robin (Thrush family). Photo by guide Dave Stejskal.
Uncharacteristically, guide Jay VanderGaast struggles to get the target bird in the scope. Photo by guide Dave Stejskal.
As on other France tours before it, this group chose Black Woodpecker as bird of the trip--a worthy choice! Photo by guide Dave Stejskal.
Let's jump across the Atlantic for a couple of North American tours. First stop is in Louisiana for our Yellow Rails & Crawfish Tails tour. Riding a combine is usually a first for most birders and an excellent way to spot Yellow Rails. Photo by guide Dan Lane.
This uncharacteristically cooperative Yellow Rail was one of NINE we spotted in the rice fields! Photo by guide Dan Lane.
Brown-headed Nuthatches, along with Bachman's Sparrow and Red-cockaded Woodpecker, are our primary targets when we venture into a southern pine stand. Photo by guide Dan Lane.
One of the prettiest birds we came across was this lovely Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Photo by guide Dan Lane.
Guide Dave Stejskal, a.k.a. Roadrunner, has part of our grouped focused on a furtive Bachman's Sparrow. Photo by guide Dan Lane.
Moving from the Gulf Coast to the West Coast, we see guide Tom Johnson (scope over his shoulder) leading his group at Mono Lake during a Slice of California: Seacoast to Sierra tour. Photo by participant Bill Telfair.
Participant Bill Telfair captured this fantastic image of a Northern Harrier with an atypical water background.
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