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Holiday Flights of Fancy

Enjoy a visual holiday gift from Chuck Schneebeck Photography.

Note from Gregory Zeigler. I asked wildlife photographer Chuck Schneebeck to share his favorite bird photos.

Chuck Schneebeck lives in Jackson, Wyoming with his wife Carol. He was a biologist and educator in his first life. Chuck enjoys traveling to photograph wildlife in wild places. He has traveled in the Americas from the Beauford Sea in the north of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to Antartica. Chuck has also photographed in eight African countries.

Chuck writes, "In this photo I'm sitting above the Wave. I was fortunate to be granted one of the twenty daily permits to visit the stunning rock formation known as the Wave in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness in Northern Arizona. For more photos of this remarkable geologic feature visit my website."

Carmine Bee-eaters in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The bird in flight returns from foraging to join its mate.

Yellow-billed Oxpeckers search for ticks on the back of a giraffe in Serengeti NP, Tanzania.

White-fronted Bee-eaters on a perch. Bee-eaters remove the stinger by pounding the bee on a branch. Mana Pools NP, Zimbabwe.

Little Bee-eater poised to capture a bee. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

This Gentoo Penguin, the fastest swimmers of all the penguins species, zooms to shore on Bleaker Island in the Falkland Islands.

A Gentoo Penguin with three chicks!

The females lay two eggs and rarely adopt.

Pebble Island, Falkland Islands.

The beautiful Lilac-breasted Roller is perhaps the most photographed bird on African safaris. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

The Lilac-breasted Roller is even more stunning in flight. Hwange NP, Zimbabwe.

The small and colorful Malachite Kingfisher stands out like a gem attached to the weeds. It dives into the water to catch small fish and insects and swallows them whole.

Okavango Delta, Botswana.

This Mountain Bluebird, common in Grand Teton NP, was using a tree stump from which to hunt for insects. It would return after each flight to eat its catch and look for the next victim.

Western Tanagers are summer visitors to Jackson Hole, WY. They bring welcome color after a mostly white winter.

A pair of Common Ravens watching tourists in the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone NP.

Happy Holidays from Chuck Schneebeck and the writers ranging free at

Pam Beason, Dave Butler and Gregory Zeigler

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