Here’s a look back…from June 2014. I went to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Northern Utah, looking for shorebirds. What I found at the end of the tour drive was this American Avocet at sunset, sitting on eggs on a nest. This image won in a local great salt lake bird contest in 2015. It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago that I photographed this scene. American Avocets are one of my favorite Shorebirds.
In February 2016, I photographed a beautiful Barn Owl that was hunting for mice and vole in the snow. It was difficult to get some in flight pictures, because the Owl had been flying further than my camera was able to capture. After waiting a good while, it finally perched on an electrical box and stayed long enough for me to capture a few images.
This image was fairly well received and I know it would have been a winner without the electrical box being used as a perch. So, while it’s not a winner, it is a keeper because it documents the environment that Owl’s can often be found. I didn’t learn till late last year, that Mother Nature Network had featured it on their website, talking about Rat Poison and it’s affects on animals higher up in the food chain. That article can be read, here.
If you’d like to see more Owl images, then head over to my Owl Gallery to see a variety of Owls photographed in Utah.
Back in December of 2012, while driving along the auto tour loop, at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, I saw something white dart across the dirt road. I slowly drove towards the spot I saw it and looked around. And, there it was. Standing up in the grass watching me in my vehicle. I took out my camera and lens, which back then, I was using a Canon 7D and the Tamron 70-300mm lens. I turned the car off and kept quiet, observing the Weasel as it darted back and forth between the grass. Eventually, it wandered out of a small clearing, close to the water, with a dead vole in it’s mouth.
I snapped off a few pictures and I guess the sound of the shutter scared the Weasel, so it took off to it’s hole in the ground. I have several other images of it, which can be seen in the Weasel Gallery . If you decide to take a look, the first 9 images are from that evening.
On May 10th, I drove to a local bird refuge(this time of the year it’s usually teaming with a variety of migrating birds) and while there I saw the opportunity to photograph a male American Avocet in the water, with breeding plumage.
I always try to take advantage of early or late evening light(sunrise/sunset), because the light produces a nice glow during Golden Hour, allowing the colors to be naturally saturated.
The below image, is of an adult in non-breeding plumage: