Visited the refuge this morning, fairly quiet, not too many hunters and just a few birders. I could not find the screech owl despite playing screech owl calls on my iPhone, but did see some other birds. A beautiful day!
Ravens hassling a Red-tailed Hawk. They stopped as soon as he landed on the tree.
Kestrel hovering overhead.
Rough-legged hawk - no fear at all, he sat there with lots of human activity around him.
Kingfisher - didn't expect him today but there he was..
You know it's bad and getting worse when you cannot see the Kennecott stack - from anywhere on the east or even at the refuge. Yuk!
Nevertheless, the intrepid explorers headed out and we had a good time. There's just so much beauty to capture and not enough time - or patience!
Looking southeast from the top of Goose Egg Hill -
I love the grasses..
Little cutie didn't fly away..
The Western Screech Owl is still hanging out in their place..
Here's a couple of shots from the refuge last time that I found interesting. The first is frost on the dark grasses - they seemed to stretch for miles. Secondly this Red-tailed hawk flew between the sun and I and I caught this one just after he left the sun. A little color saturation to pick up the rainbow caused by the lens, and voila - a heavenly hawk!
Stellar's Jays are back in the mix in the backyard again. They've been absent (or so it seems) for a few weeks, but made themselves at home today. Their mix of black and blue and the splotches of white are always startling and beautiful.
Molly and I enjoyed the sunshine and cool breezes was well as the abundant wildlife at the refuge. Kestrels, Harriers and Rough-legged hawks were to be seen all over the place along with a couple of juvenile Red-tailed hawks. Molly raced down a trail and flushed a Bald Eagle, much to our surprise!
And Pheasants, the Dandies of the desert! Season must be over because the males were found quite readily.
Here's some shots from today...
On the wing...
Rough-legged - love their stare..
Hard to hide these beautiful colors...
Beauty in death as well as life...
Here's Molly's Bald Eagle...
Classic Rough-legged hanging out on top of Goose Egg Hill..