Pictures of Some of David Mark's North American "Life Birds"


This page has pictures of the actual individual birds that were lifers for me. (Or close-- see notes on Great Gray Owl, Ross' Gull, and Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, below.)

Note: Click here to see the sightings that I still seek photographs of ...

Coming soon! More of my Lifers

I have found in my own slide collection, or been sent by BIRDCHAT readers, slides of some of my other lifers. (Now if I can get that scanner working...)

ABA-area bird #283: Black-headed Gull

Not exactly a calendar shot, my lifer Black-headed Gull is the one with the brighter red legs admidst a flock of Bonaparte's Gulls at Clover Point, Victoria, British Co,umbia, October 23, 1975. Photo by David Mark.

ABA-area bird #555: Short-tailed Hawk

Everglades National Park, Florida, January 2 1979. Photo by David Mark.

ABA-area bird #556: Spot-breasted Oriole

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, January 2 1979. Photo by David Mark.

ABA-area bird #560: Great Gray Owl

OK, so this 9 March 1979 Amherst Island photo is actually of the second Great Gray Owl I ever saw in my life. I saw, but did not photograph, my lifer Great Gray just 29 days earlier near Toronto airport. Too bad in a way, if I had not seen that, I would have had a three-consecutive-Owl-lifer day at Amherst Island on March 9 1979. But this is such a nice picture that I decided to post it. Photo by David Mark.

ABA-area bird #561: Northern Hawk-Owl

Amherst Island, Ontario, March 9, 1979. Photo by David Mark.

ABA-area bird #562: Boreal Owl

Amherst Island, Ontario, March 9, 1979. Photo by David Mark.

ABA-area bird #604: Ross' Gull

Here are some photos of Ross' Gulls that I took at Churchill, Manitoba, June 12, 1980, the day after I saw my lifer Ross' Gull there. Since there were at least 4 Ross' Gulls at Churchill that season, there is about a 50:50 chance that these photos include the actual individual that was my lifer the day before. Photo by David Mark.

ABA-area bird #607: Northern Pygmy-Owl

OK, believe it or not, there is a tiny little owl near the top of that dead tree. December 27, 1980, Yellow Lake, British Columbia (near Penticton). Photo by David Mark.


ABA-area bird #613: Mountain Plover

Mountain Plover is a very rare bird in Canada, but Alex Gray (photo right) and I found one near Onefour, Alberta, on June 19, 1981. It was a World and ABA lifer for me. Photos by David Mark.



































ABA-area bird #643: Common Greenshank

ABA-area bird #650: Gray Kingbird

These Gray Kingbirds photographed April 26, 1984, on Bahia Hinda Key, Florida, were my world lifer #1097 as well as ABA bird #650. Photo by David Mark.














ABA-area bird #656: Brown Booby

Among these Brown Boobies photographed April 28, 1984 on the navigation marker at Rebecca Shoals, Florida was the first one I ever saw in North America. I has seen Brown Booby the year before in Queensland, Australia. Photo by David Mark.











ABA-area bird #657: Brown Noddy

This photo of one of the thousands of Brown Noddies on the Tortugas, was taken on April 29, 1984, the day after I saw first saw Brown Noddy in the ABA area, not much chance this is the actual first one I saw at sea the day before! I has seen Brown Noddy the year before in Queensland, Australia. Photo by David Mark.





















ABA-area bird #659: White-tailed Tropicbird

This bird, which I photographed at Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Florida, on April 29, 1984, was an ABA-area lifer for me, but not a world lifer as I had already seen the species in Tahiti in 1983. Photo by David Mark.

ABA-area bird #694: Pink-footed Goose



ABA-area Bird #693: Xantus' Hummingbird

This is a photograph of the actual female Xantus Hummingbird that David Mark saw at a feeder at Gibson's, British Columbia March 4, 1998, with his father, Tom Mark. The hummingbird was world life bird #2055 for David. Photos by Tom Plath, Source:http://www.naturalhistory.bc.ca/VNHS/Birding/BirdingRareBirdLocations.htm#Xantus' Hummingbird












ABA-area Bird #695: Bulwer's Petrel

This is a photograph of the actual Bulwer's Petrel that David Mark saw on a pelagic trip out of Manteo, North Carolina, August 8, 1998, with Valerie Hartung and others. This beautiful photo was of the same bird, and of course was taken on the same day that David saw it. The Petrel was world life bird #2057 for David, and will be his 695th ABA bird when it is officially added to the ABA Check-List. Photos by Mary Gustafson, Source:http://www.focusonnature.com/PelagicPhotos.htm























ABA-area Bird #701: Blue Mockingbird

David Mark's 701st ABA-area bird was a Blue Mockingbird seen at Westlaco, Texas, early on the morning of May 16, 1999, and this is a photograph of it from the Texas Bird records site, taken two days later. This was not a world lifer for David, who had seen the species in Mexico in 1977. Source:http://members.tripod.com/~tbrc/bluemock.html. Photo from video by "TBA"





















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ABA-area Bird #704: Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

David Mark's 704th ABA-area bird was a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl bird seen at El Canelo Ranch, near Raymondville, Texas, on May 19, 1999. This is a photograph, from the Texas Bird records site, of an individual of that species, taken at eactly the same spot on March 3, 1998, 422 days earlier by Greg Lasley. Probably the same bird or its mate. The Owl was not a world lifer for David, who had seen the species in Mexico in 1977. Source: http://members.tripod.com/~tbrc/ferrpygo.htm





















ABA-area Bird #706??: Kelp Gull

This is a photograph of the actual individual Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) that may become David Mark's 706th ABA area species if and when the American Birding Association adds the species to the ABA Check-List. David finally saw "Shrimpy" at Sandgates, St. Mary's County, Maryland, on June 7, 1999 after numerous unsuccessful attempts earlier in the year. Not a world lifer, because David had seen his first Kelp Gull in 1988 in Australia. Photos by George Armistead, copyright 1998. Source:http://www.west.net/~dj/domi1.htm



















ABA-area Bird #709: Fork-tailed Flycatcher

This is a photograph of the actual individual Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) that became David Mark's 709th ABA area species when he saw it near Ferrisburg, Vermont, around 8:35 pm on July 8, 2000. Not a world lifer, David had previosuly seen this species in Mexico and in Trinidad. Photo by Dick Lavallee, 6/14/00, Source:http://www.uvm.edu/~smorrica/forktail.html


















ABA-area Bird #710: Nutting's Flycatcher

This is a photograph of the actual individual Nutting's Flycatcher (Myiarchus xxxx) that became David Mark's 710th ABA area species when he saw it Irvine, California on January 5, 2001. It was world lifer #2100 for David. Photos by Joel Weintraub Source:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OrangeCountyBirding/files/Nutting%27s%20Flycatcher/
























ABA-area Bird #713: Ruddy Ground-Dove

This is a photograph of a Ruddy Ground Dove (Columbina talpacoti) photographed January 13, 2002, at the same Blythe, California site at which this bird or another individual became David Mark's 713th ABA area species when he saw it 2 weeks later on January 27, 2002. David had already seen the species in Mexico and Central America. Photos 2002 David Pereksta















Last updated on February 13 2002

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