October 13, 2014 Willard Bay State Park, Utah

American avocets
American avocets

Another Trip into the Bear River Migratory Bird Management Area

By sunrise this morning I had already made it to the road leading into the refuge

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier

As I drove the 12 mile road, I spotted a northern harrier perched on a post where I had noticed her on another trip in here. The sun had barely made it over the mountains to the east and there wasn’t a lot of light, but I turned around, checked my camera settings, and circled back to her location. As I slowed down, I could see she was ready to take off, but I got off one quick shot. Foiled once again I assumed. But when processing images, I kind of liked the shot, even though her head is turned the wrong way, liked the early morning feel of the image as well as the background.

ring necked pheasant
Yet another ring necked pheasant tease

And, of course, the ring necked pheasants once again had to tease me, getting a little closer, but still not close enough.

Though there weren’t all that many hunters around today, the ducks were still hiding out somewhere other than here.

American avocet
American avocet
American avocet
American avocet
American avocet
American avocet

 

 

 

 

 

American avocet
American avocet
American avocet
American avocet

Though I didn’t get a single shot on the entire loop road within the refuge, on the way back out there were a couple American Avocets feeding in one of the shallow ponds along the entry road, and these guys were very cooperative this morning.

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