In July 2015, I got the chance to photograph a Black Chinned Hummingbird, who also had a nest attached to a limb on a tree. I had gone on a walk at a local park and took a dirt trail through a small forested area, where I heard a buzzing noise. I looked around, but at first didn’t see anything, yet I kept hearing the buzzing. Finally, I saw the Hummingbird dart past me and perch onto a limb. I stayed nearby for about an hour, photographing it as it darted and perched. At one point, the Hummingbird had perched on a limb, where the light hit it just right, creating catch light in its eye and a chance for a sharp image.
Here’s another image of a Juvenile Burrowing Owl from 2015. Photographed at sunset, as it flew on the plant(Mullein) and tried to catch its balance. I like how the wings are extended, revealing the detail on the underside of the wing.
I’ve probably over-shared on Owl images recently; as they’re what I have in the archive and most recently photographed. I haven’t really been out lately to find wildlife, but hoping to change that soon. Thanks for looking!
2 years ago, around this time, I spent a couple days with a family of Burrowing Owls and during that time, a couple of the Juveniles practiced their flying. Out of the shots for one of the days, this one became my favorite…
I love smooth flow of the wings as the juvenile caught itself when landing on the plant.
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.
Last year in July 2016, I spent some time around the Promontory Mountains in Northern Utah. We were having an influx of Short Eared Owls during that time. They nested within the Sagebrush and grass. On one evening, while I was ready to drive home, I spotted this Juvenile Short Eared Owl, perched on the ground. I wasn’t sure if it was hurt or just hanging out; so, I hung out for a bit and photographed the Owl from my vehicle.
While photographing it, the Owl would hear the clicking of the shutter, then turn it’s head towards my direction and cock it to each side, which turned out to be quite humorous.
During this time, the wind had been blowing off and on, which would result in Owl’s tufts appearing like ears above it’s head. It was near dark when these were photographed, so I had to use ISO1000 and 1/80 shutter speed. Finally, when there wasn’t enough light to photograph it, I went on my way and the owl flew off. It was a wonderful experience to witness this Juvenile learning to be on it’s own.
Every Spring, the Long Billed Curlews can be heard across the valley of the Great Basin in Northern/Western Utah. If you can hear their calls, then they’re either flying over head or wandering around somewhere nearby.
I photographed this curlew during Golden Hour as this one and it’s mate were foraging for food in the grass. For a moment, it stood tall, before going back to hiding in the grass.
I haven’t been out to take pictures since last week due to a tooth infection that started last Friday and by Monday, I was at the dentist getting it pulled. It’s the day after and my face is miserable. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back out before vacation is over.
In May I took a few hour drive through Northern Utah and while driving on a dusty dirt road, I spotted this Burrowing Owl perched on a wooden stake. The light was quite harsh, but thankfully, the Owl was positioned just right to avoid the shadows.
You never know what you’re going to find when driving through the country side. While it may take a bit of time to get to where you’re going, the end result makes it worth it. Except for a car plastered in dead mosquitoes.
I don’t have any images to share, so here’s one of a male Wood Duck, swimming in a local pond, on a sunny afternoon.
Wood Ducks are my favorite ducks, due to the beautiful coloration and patterns of their feathers. I’ve photographed these ducks many times, so now I think it’s time to find a Mandarin Duck.
Here’s another image of a Male Wood Duck: