Monday, February 8, 2016

Wandering down Skull Valley road

Murphy and I visited Horseshoe springs for a while yesterday, then decided to wander down the road to Dugway to see what showed up. A Golden Eagle awaited us at one spot and several raptors - mostly red-tailed hawks - at others.
The GBH at the Springs was very reliable - just as I step out of the truck he flies off. No other birds around so still a bit early for the shorebirds.
Here's some shots from the trip..

The GBH came to rest initially out in the far reaches.

Steam rising from the springs!

Early morning reflections

The wonderful Golden Eagle that posed for me.

Gorgeous Redtailed Hawk swung by.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

An early morning trip to the refuge

along with some birdwatching friends I visited the refuge early (for me) Saturday morning. Lots of vehicles, mostly birders/photographers, and not a lot of birds.  Mergansers had moved on and a couple of eagles were black spots out on the ice. We saw some including the juvenile red-tailed hawk so I got a couple of shots from the trip!

An interesting couple - the female (left) is a Bufflehead and the male is a Ringneck duck!

Cuties in the brush!

Herons in the rookery!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Small birds

Sometimes it works to take the time to watch and capture the smaller birds. They move quickly so it is a real challenge to catch them in flight. But they also will play peek-a-boo with you as they eat on the ground.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Red-tailed Hawk series - (Juvenile)

I' saw this hawk several times today as he sits in a tree on Goose Egg Hill at Farmington Bay. This time I caught him as he took flight and I love the pictures - can't decide which is my favorite!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

More Harrier

I love watching the Harriers fly and observing their acrobatics as they hunt for prey. The phrase "Turn on a dime" really applies to them.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Before the Storm

I took advantage of some time yesterday before the storm to check out the refuge again since we were so close to it. A dark day with not a lot of action by GBH's, but LOTS of Harriers - mating season I believe - and quite a few eagles again way out on the ice.
The Ibis were back being their normal goofy beings and the Kestrels were showing off for me!


The only flyby that I saw that came close.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sneaking off to the Refuge

Diana had a knee replacement Wednesday and the hospital is quite close to the refuge so Murphy and I snuck off to the refuge for a couple of hours yesterday after lunch. The scene at that time was mostly Kestrels and Harriers with a number of Bald Eagles sitting on the ice waaaayyy out there so they are just black spots!
I saw a couple of GBH's flying by but none at the fishing spot around 1 to 3pm. But enough cuteness and beauty was available to keep me happy!

Murphy is a very photographed dog!

Common Goldeneye's are very beautiful.

Harriers not only fly above the grasses they fly in them also!

Something about the GBH's flying that I love.

Here's cuteness and beauty all wrapped into  a bird.

Common mallards provide such beauty without even trying.