I've read about the Elegant Trogon, a magnificent bird that makes its way north of the border when springtime arrives in Tucson. I've seen one in the Coronado National Forest. Until today, though, I had never photographed a Trogon.
Dave Young, who ramrodded our birder outing, is a retired geologist. He's an avid birder and a born teacher. Being with Dave is like having your own Docent from the Desert Museum.
Ten of us--all friends from church--met at 8:00 this morning at Exit 63 on Interstate 19, and carpooled up into Madera Canyon, just north of Elephant Head.
We saw 20 species of birds before noon, including the elusive Elegant Trogon.
It's hard to see in the photo, but the head of the Trogon is a deep emerald green. The word "magnificent" doesn't do it justice. Take a look at the show below; we saw a flock of turkeys, too!