Yellow Headed Blackbird Pearching
This Yellow Headed Blackbird joined its fellow noise makers and squawked and squawked as I drove next to them near the Logan Airport near Logan, UT. These birds seem to have no fear of humans and are easy to approach.
While quietly sneaking through through 15 foot reeds in the marshes at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, I spotted what looked like a stump only about 20 feet from me on the other side of the reeds. I froze and quickly pulled my camera to my eye ready to shoot. To my great surprise the 3-foot stump turned its head to reveal and eye and a beak. I had come face to face with a mature elusive Double-crested Cormorant, whom after a couple of shutter clicks abruptly took flight.
Great Blue Heron
This Great Blue Heron flew over my head at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Its flight was slow, methodical and awe striking. Some how its aerial prowess and body form reminded me of an pre-historic pterodactyl.
This American White Pelican flew over me at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Its keen eye and circling flight patterns made me feel like I was being watched, as if it was the great overseer.
This pair of Clark’s Grebes cruised through the marsh at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. They were fun to watch as they seemed to enjoy being with each other. In this photo they appeared to be having a nice conversation as they paddled down the channel.
Four Geese on a Stroll
While driving the auto tour at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge I encountered two couples of Canadian Geese. They were strolling down the road ahead of us. Not long after this photo was snapped, they abruptly took flight.
While shooting photos at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, I observed an interesting behavior. This American White Pelican decided to take a big yawn. The size of its beak was striking.
Sandhill Crane Staring
These Sandhill Cranes populate the corn fields near the Cutler Reservoir near Logan, UT in early April 2016. They were very wary and kept a watchful eye on me. These birds are difficult to get close to.
Pelicans at Sundown
These American White Pelicans strolled through the evening sunset on the Bear River near Logan, UT in April 2016. The sunset dramatically lit the water to make the water appear as liquid gold.
These ducks took flight ahead of me as I moved through the reeds at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in April 2016. The Wasatch mountain range filled the background and cattails carpeted the valley floor.
American Avocet Landing
At the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in early April 2016, this American Avocet let me get fairly close while landing near a flock of other American Avocets. The black and white patterns on their back and wings was surprisingly geometric in appearance.
Pelican Nap Time
It was about 9am at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and these American White Pelicans must have had their breakfast already. They were happily taking a group nap all curled up in balls. The one on the right broke the mold and felt like preening its feathers.
Yellow Headed Blackbird Watching the Sunset
This Yellow Headed Blackbird seemed peaceful watching the setting sun near the Logan Utah Airport in April 2016. These were very fluttery birds, couldn't seem to hold still, and were constantly squawking that day. I happened to capture this one during a very brief peaceful moment.
Running on Water
On a photoshoot in the early April 2016 at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, these ducks took flight, running across the water the moment they caught a glimps of me through the reeds.
Yellow Headed Blackbird in Disguise
These Yellow Headed Blackbirds love to perch on the reeds and cattails at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. On an early April 2016 morning this one seemed right home, posing for my photo.
Redheads Flying Low
These Redhead ducks took flight the moment they saw me through the reeds at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. I like this composition of these fleeing birds posed against the distant blue Wasatch Mountain Range with reeds and cattails forming a carpet of gold below.
A Couple of Couples
American White Pelicans cruise through the spring marsh near Benson Utah
The Black Bird Returns to Benson Marina
It is mid February at the Benson Marina near Benson, UT and the ice has partially melted. The Black Bird is just making it Spring appearance.
First Canadian Geese of Spring
The first geese of early spring make their appearance near the Benson Marina not far from Benson, UT. It is mid February, the ice is partially melted, snow is melting and the ground is unthawing.
Mallard Ducks Return to Benson Marina
Spring is on its way as the ice melts at the Benson Marina near Benson, UT. A pair of Mallard ducks make their appearance signaling that spring is near.
Flock of Mallard Ducks
A flock of Mallard ducks are some of the early Spring arrivals at the Benson Marina near Benson, UT. Ice has thawed enough to expose wide water channels inviting this flock for a swim.
Lone Golden Eagle
Rain falls lightly on the melting Benson Marina near Benson, UT. A lone golden eagle perches on the edge of the ice hunting for carp.