Silver Lake, Brighton, Big Cottonwood Canyon
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Updated: October 4, 2015
This site reflects my current passion for photographing birds.
I have been photographing for over 50 years; and am now retired from a satisfying profession beginning in Biochemistry, and ending in Biomedical Photography.
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October 4, 2015
Any of you who cruise Big Cottonwood Park these days, be aware of a lovely Leucistic American Robin I discovered there while taking a 30 minute walk at Noon today!
This is the 2nd Leucistic Robin I've photographed there... the earlier one was on March 19, 2014!
Not much else worthwhile there, albeit the "Harlan's Red-tail intergrade" shows up for brief appearances each day.
Today's Leucistic American Robin:
Another view showing the bird eating a Russian Olive.
The first Leucistic American Robin I photographed there,
March 19,2014... Totally different color/patterns!
October 3, 2015
I've noticed on other bird photographers' websites, where they comment on the scarcity of migratory birds in areas that traditionally have high numbers and varieties of migrants!
That's been my experience also!
This past month I've been looking in areas that typically produce lots of birds, to no avail. I've been lucky to photograph a few birds at each location.
Fall migrant-Western Tanager, Big Cottonwood Park
Western Wood Pewee, Big Cottonwood Park
Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow, Big Cottonwood Park
Red-wing Blackbird, Big Cottonwood Park
Male Northern Red-shafted Flicker, (eating Russian olives), Big Cottonwood Park
Swainson's Thrush, Bountiful Pond ("orchard")
Hammond's Flycatcher, Bountiful Pond ("orchard")
Dark-eyed Junco, Bountiful Pond ("orchard")
Forster's Tern with fish, Jensen Park pond
American White Pelican, Antelope Island Causeway
Red-necked Phalaropes, Antelope Island Causeway
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Garr Ranch, Antelope Island
Nuthatch again, Garr Ranch, Antelope Island
Townsend's Solitaire, Garr Ranch, Antelope Island
American Kestrel, Murray/Jordan River Parkway
Cooper's Hawk, Murray/Jordan River Parkway
Swainson's hawk, Murray/Jordan River Parkway
Western Scrub-jay, Crestwood Park
Western Scrub-jay, Crestwood Park
Female Brown-headed Cowbird, Crestwood Park
Spotted Towhee, Crestwood Park
Not much to show in the way of birds, for September!
September 30, 2015
Well... things aren't normal at Big Cottonwood Park regarding birding; but yesterday, I had the extraordinary experience of photographing 2 male Northern Flickers sparring!
This experience was extraordinary since I've witnessed the same behavior for 3 straight years now, at the same location, at the same time!!
To top it off, all three years have had an 'intergrade' male Red-shafted/Yellow shafted Flicker as a participant!
Yesterday, both birds were Intergrades (I.D.= red crescent on the nape of the neck.)
From 2013.. male on right is an intergrade with red nape crescent
Sparring action begins...
From 2013. Intergrade on left.
From 2013. (many more displays ensued.)
From 2013. These birds continually rotated counter-clockwise around the tree!
From 2014. The best location for photography was here (intergrade-L)
From 2014. Intergrade now on the right...
From 2014. (Again, I have many other images of these.)
From Yesterday. Both males are Intergrade Red/Yellow Shafted Northern Flickers.
From Yesterday. (3 consequtive Autumns at the same time, same location!
Yellow shafted Northern Flickers are rare in Utah...
The composite images below are from my collection, showing the differences between Red Shafted/Yellow Shafted/Intergrades
September 28, 2015
My attempt at capturing an image of last night's
"Super Blood Moon"
Total Lunar Eclipse
(Nikon D7100/300mm f4G lens/TC1.4 converter)
There was a film of cloud cover that 'softened' my image.
September 26, 2014
Two days ago, Deborah Drain posted her sighting of the famous Big Cottonwood Park East's HARLAN'S REDTAIL HAWK...
On the 25th, I photographed the bird in the same tree that it has used for 4 years!
(early morning...terrible lighting!!)
Taken later in the evening, on the 25th...
Mid-day today (26th)
(I took this image on March 10 of this year, the last time the bird was seen until now!)
September 20, 2015
Big Cottonwood East Park...
1. Yellow Rumped Warblers have arrived!
Appears to be this year's Myrtle Warbler...
This bird is an "Audubon's Warbler"
Same bird as above...
2. Male Downy Woodpecker series:
This bird was foraging in unusual places, like the ripened head of a Sunflower, ripping out seeds!
Slightly different angle...
Another location close by, where the bird attacked a cattail...
The bird worked its normal habitat for food... a tree!
The bird found a tasty bit of vegetation at the end of a twig.
A bit of sensory experimentation using his tongue...
So did my little male Downy Woodpecker!!!
September 15, 2015
So far this year, August-September birding results in Big Cottonwood Park have been disheartening compared to the previous 6 years!!!
Below are some random birds I've photographed there under better conditions!
Ash Throated Flycatcher!
1st Fall Plumbeous Vireo
(RARE) Tennessee Warbler!
Western Scrub Jay
Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker
Juvenile Male Mandarin Duck
Cedar Waxwings (Juvenile L); (Adult R)
First Fall Male Western Tanager, ironically, eating a Russian Olive!!!
These images represent perhaps 1/3 of the species I've photographed in Big Cottonwood Park during the months of Aug-Sept. over the past 6 years!
So far this year, there are very few birds being seen!!!
September 10, 2015
Walking Big Cottonwood East Regional Park late last evening, I discovered the SORA is back!!!
These images were taken from the wooden deck, facing east.
The bird vocalized multiple times
This morning I discovered my first ever Male Common Yellowthroat, in cover at the northeast side of the pond!
In September of 2013, I photographed my first female Common Yellowthroat at the same location of the current male!
female Common Yellowthroat...
September 9, 2015
After a summer of poor birding (for me), I was invited by "Deedee" to join her at Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area where we did have a variety of birds!!!
Upon entry into the area, we discovered 2 juvenile Wood Ducks
(a male and a female) on the first pond on the west side of the road!
Another view... These birds 'ducked out of sight' in short order!
The same pond had these 2 Snowy Egrets
(Notice the reflective pattern on the birds from sunlight bouncing off the water.)
Here they are again...
American White Pelicans were present by the hundreds!
A Black-necked Stilt stretching...
A Greater Yellowlegs stood by...
Another Yellowlegs in the company of a Killdeer.
A pair of backlit Clark's Grebes (one with a baby riding on its back!) were bouncing about, due to a stiff wind!
The birds were always facing away from us, darn it!
There was no shortage of Snowy Egrets!
A lone Double-Crested Cormorant took to the air...
This year's Forster's Tern in flight...
A spectacular capture, if I say so myself!
My opinion of this bird is: Juvenile Western Grebe
A few American Avocets in 'non-breeding plumage' flew by...
A Black-Crowned Night Heron flew by...
(Notice the green coloration in the bird's shaded plumage. This is due to reflection from green foliage below.)
We discovered a non-breeding Black Tern (my first!)
The Franklin's Gull provides some scale to the Black Tern's size.
I believe this Black Tern exhibits "Eclipse plumage"
This is just a portion of Black Terns hunkered down due to the stiff winds.
Franklin's Gulls were a delight to photograph as they hovered in the wind!
Black-Crowned Night Herons hovered as well!
This one was vocalizing as he flew by!
With the wind whipping up the ponds, Grebes were difficult to photograph!
Juvenile and Parent Western Grebes.
Thanks again Deedee! That was fun, even in the wind!!
Earlier posts for the year 2015 can be seen by clicking on the links below:
(includes my Utah-Mandarin Studies)