January 20, 2015 Imperial Dam LTVA, California

Ringneck ducks takeoff
Ringneck ducks takeoff

Sitting Around Waiting for Appointments

I have to admit to getting a little bored sitting around here just north of Yuma. Still have a week or more to go since the HWH replacement hydraulic jack has yet to come in at Sun Bums, and my appointment for a lube and oil at Fisher Chevrolet is next Tuesday. Usually I can keep myself entertained by finding decent birding spots and settling in to do bird photography, but I just haven’t found any place around here where there is any decent action. Even my hummingbird attempts have had to be abandoned due to a steady assault of bees taking over my feeders. So, while I am anxious to head on down the road, I still have more time to kill here in Yuma.

Vermillion flycatcher
Vermillion flycatcher
Vermillion flycatcher
Vermillion flycatcher

The little golf course at Hidden Shores turns out to be a pretty reliable spot to consistently find these very colorful Vermillion Fly( moth? )catchers. This most likely is the same individual I got a few shots of a week ago on the same post. I found a couple more of them as I wandered into the horse pen/trailer storage area off the parking lot there as well. In the bottom image, you can see him shaking the” moth chalk” off his lunch before downing him.

Canvasback takeoff
Canvasback takeoff

This is a new one for me, a canvasback duck, caught taking flight from the waters of the All American Canal in Bard, Ca., about 10 miles west of where I am presently staying.

Takeoff!
Takeoff!

He was accompanied by a pair of Ring-necked ducks and a Bufflehead drake as well as several other Ring-necks. This part of the canal is one of the few places I have seen any sizable number of ducks gathering, but, unfortunately, one is not able to get terribly close to them as the canal is fringed with a dense cover of phragmites and there are No Trespassing signs all along the canal.

Ringneck ducks takeoff
Ringneck ducks takeoff
Ringneck and canvasbacks
Ringneck and canvasbacks

Still, it was nice to be able to at least have an attempt at getting some action shots after such a long period of inactivity. I am really looking forward to heading east and up in elevation to some of the better birding locations in Arizona as soon as I am done with all my appointments here in Yuma.

Ringnecks and canvasbacks
Ringnecks and canvasbacks

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