Nature Through My Lens

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Precarious Perch

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A Great Blue Heron making itself comfortable on a nesting box at the bird sanctuary.


Sandhills on Alert

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Two of a trio of Sandhill Cranes have their attention drawn by something across the pond.


Peeved

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Here’s a Black-capped Night Heron at it’s normal roost deep in the branches of a tree.

It had it’s back to the wind which was blowing his plumes up over it’s face.


Hunting

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I watched this Great Blue Heron yesterday afternoon.  It was hunting minnows along the side of a pond.  It was having great success too!  But I don’t know how many minnows a good feed makes!


Stretch

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A Greater Yellowlegs stretches it’s wings


Making Dimples

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A Greater Yellowlegs hunting.

I was quite fascinated with how it was making a large dimple in the water from the waters surface tension.  


Take Five

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A Mallard hen having a little rest 

 


Taking the Sun

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A pair of Mallard hens

take in the sun.

Is there anything better than to close your eyes and soak up the warmth

 


Dragon

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A double winged Dragonfly 


Solitary

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Amid the reflections

and a splash of light

a solitary Greater Yellowlegs does what such birds do, wade!


In Flight

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Here’s another in flight shot.  This time a flock of Northern Shovellers.  The drakes flashing their bright green wings.

the hazy summer mountains act as a backdrop.


Peeps In Flight

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Here’s a group of about 30 shorebirds.

I have no idea what they are.  I find their identification to be somewhat difficult!


Scruffy

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The Red-winged Blackbirds

are going through a moult

making them a scruffy looking bunch


Emerald Waters

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A Northern Shoveller hen

swimming with her reflection

on the emerald waters of a pond


Serene in the Sun

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A pair of Canada Geese and a Mallard hen enjoy a little quiet time, enjoying the sun


In the Hawthorn

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A Belted Kingfisher in a Hawthorn bush


Working the Weeds

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Three Lesser Yellowlegs hunt for food along the edge of the reeds


Sandy

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A Sandhill Crane


Feeding Time

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Here’s a Barn Swallow tending it’s young one.  Looks like the fledgling is actually bigger than the parent!  The little one better get to flying.  It’s not long til migration time!


Yellowlegs

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A Yellowlegs.  Not sure whether it’s a Greater or Lesser!  The differences are subtle.  I loved this guys reflection, the water drops and it’s wonderful ripples that look like they are drawn on!


Ms. Wood

 

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A Wood Duck hen on a log


Hunting

A Great Blue Heron hunting along the edge of a reed bed.  It wasn't having much luck.  I watched for quite awhile and it didn't make a strike.

A Great Blue Heron hunting along the edge of a reed bed. It wasn’t having much luck. I watched for quite awhile and it didn’t make a strike.


A Wake

Like a mighty ocean liner, this Mallard hen, lefts a wake behind her!

Like a mighty ocean liner, this Mallard hen, leaves a wake behind her!


In a Row

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Canada Geese and a duck on a log, complete with reflections!  I love the guy with his head just sticking up from behind the log!