July, 2017

Lewis's Woodpecker capturing flying insects

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Updated: July 3, 2017

 


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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.

Below are links to my most recent nature photography. Hopefully you will find as much enjoyment in viewing it as I do in creating it.

 

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July 3, 2017

Recent images of wildlife from the "Kennecott Nature Center",

Murray/Jordan River Parkway

For 3 consequtive summers, I've photographed Swainson's Hawks that 'come home' to a particular power line in Murray, west of the Jordan River! Here are the most recent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's been several weeks since I saw this female Wood duck on the Nature Center pond...

 

 

Some people were wondering if this might have been a female Mandarin duck...

 

 

So, I've included a Mandarin pair photographed in Murray Park to illustrate the differences between the females.

 

 

On a rare occasion, American Avocets visit the Nature Center pond...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotted sandpipers have been plentiful at the pond this year...

 

 

 

 

 

A Black-crowned Night Heron is often seen there...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Western Kingbirds have been somewhat abundant...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

California Quail population has exploded at the Murray/Jordan River Parkway this year!

 

 

 

 

 

For several days running, this Sora cruised the edge of the water at the Nature Center!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A recent rainstorm flooded the pond, and the Sora adapted to it!

 

 

 

 

 

Shades of "Narcissus"!!!

 

 

A Muskrat came by...

 

 

Close-up...

 

 

 

 

 

An omnipresent Turtle!

 

 

A Hummingbird... gathering nesting material.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brown headed Cowbirds are well represented in this area...

Male (L); Female (R).

 

 

 

 

 

5 male Brown-headed Cowbirds together.

 

 

A Great-tailed Grackle, with his LOUD call...

 

 

again...

 

 

 

In contrast to the Grackle's noisy call, people along the parkway love the sight and sound of the ubiquitous Red-winged Blackbird!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 27, 2017

I've been active in photographing fledglings of several species these days...

An earlier post (below labelled June 21) featured an extensive series of Belted Kingfishers

 

Today I begin with recent Bullock's Orioles, fledging along the Murray/Jordan River Parkway.

Here is an old Bullock's Oriole (empty) nest from another year to show its structure.

 

 

 

Here is one of many active nests... the location where I photographed the following series of Orioles this year...

 

 

Here is my first fledgling Bullock's Oriole for this year, waiting to be fed by it's parents.

 

 

A 2nd fledgling has also shown up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fledglings were wandering through the tree limbs, not capable of flying yet.

 

 

The fledglings have located each other.

 

 

They have positioned themselves to receive food.

 

 

 

which brought the adult female into play.

 

 

On a subsequent visit from the adult parent, the 2 birds have changed positions.

 

 

The male adult stood as a sentinal, watching the activity closely.

 

 

A totally separate species, Killdeer were near by, with their fledglings on the ground!

Adult Killdeer

 

 

 

Tiny, fuzzy Fledglings, foraging out in the open, blend well with their environment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a Killdeer fledgling, a week later, showing size and coloration changes compared to the ones above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 21, 2017

For the past several days, I've been photographing a family of Belted Kingfishers!

What a delightful experience!

Day after day, the birds would show up, exhibiting behavior that was remarkable!

An adult pair of Belted Kingfishers were teaching (and feeding) four fledgling Belted Kingfishers how to 'fish'!

 

Below are several series, showing their detailed behavior over time.

A juvenile Belted Kingfisher...

 

 

Another view... (the bird was waiting for an adult to appear with food.)

 

 

The parent flew in.. notice the tiny fish held in its beak.

 

 

Feeding time...(the fledgling is on the left, with the adult feeding it (R).

 

 

 

 

Another series, beginning with the adult looking for fish.

 

 

The adult succeeded in capturing a small fish

 

 

It flew to a hidden place where a fledgling was waiting.

 

 

 

There were small fish along with Crayfish, (shown below by an adult waiting to feed a juvenile).

 

 

 

The adult (right) has passed the crayfish to a fledgling.

 

 

 

Here we see a juvenile (right), excited about the prospect of food.

 

 

 

The adult (right) passed a fish to the juvenile.

 

 

Another adult (L) flew in.

 

 

 

 

 

The fledgling Kingfisher (center, with fish in mouth), flanked by 2 adults

 

 

 

Another sequence begins, here, with a single bird in flight

 

 

 

There was an immediate aerial encounter with a 2nd bird!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally the 2 birds separated,

The original bird began to hover, looking for food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bird began its dive...

 

 

 

On his way...!

 

 

submerged!

 

 

emerging!

 

 

No success on this 1st dive...

 

 

A 2nd dive...

 

 

There's a fish in there somewhere!

 

 

Notice the "Nictitating Eyelid", covering the eye when underwater!

 

 

 

 

 

with fish in mouth!

 

 

On it's way to a waiting fledgling...

 

 

a point of rendezvous, waiting for an unseen fledgling...

 

 

A fledgling! (L)

 

 

Dinnertime!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The adult Kingfisher (R) says, "I'm outta here!

 

 

Alone again, but with food!

 

 

 

a single image promoting chattering...

 

 

 

Here are several sets of images, showing Kingfishers after they hit the water after fish...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Missed again, heh? Dont take it so hard!"

 

 

It'a fun for me to see a series of images like these 6!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An adult Kingfisher brought a crayfish aboard...

 

 

The adult gave the center Kingfisher the Crayfish.

 

 

Have you ever seen 4 Belted Kingfishers together as in this frame?!

 

 

The adult that brought the crayfish sits in front, while the 3 juveniles haggle over the prize!

 

 

A lone Kingfisher surveys the pond...

 

 

dives for a fish...

 

 

emerges with a tiny morsel...

 

 

becomes airborne, with a tiny sliver of a fish in its beak...

 

 

cruises over the pond...

 

 

and waves goodbye to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTED EARLIER ON

June 17, 2017

I've been enjoying a wonderful series of experiences, following a family 6 Belted Kingfishers, as the parents teach the fledglings how to 'fish'!

 

Below is only one set of a sizable number of forthcoming series...

Adult just captured a small fish...

 

 

then landed here...

 

 

 

A fledgling (that flies as well as the adults) flew in to occupy the lower part of the stick

 

 

The fledgling (bottom) worked to adjust its position to accept the fish.

 

 

The stick moved a bit, causing the adult to flare its wings for balance!

 

 

 

 

 

The fledgling struggled to get access to the adult.

 

 

The fledgling opened its mouth at this point.

 

 

The parent shifted its position to feed the fledgling.

 

 

The fledgling decided to manuver again!

 

 

Finally, the positioning was successful!

 

 

Contact!

 

 

Food delivery was successful!

 

 

The adult took this opportunity to exit the scene, leaving the fledgling.

 

 

The fledgling completed devouring the fish, then moved on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 12, 2017

Below are some random images taken along the Murray-Jordan River Parkway, beginning with: a nice image of a Caspian Tern.

 

 

The bird was hovering over the Mill Race Park Pond.

 

 

This Tern is sporting a leg band!

 

 

 

A close-up makes it more visible.

 

 

 

The bird was very actively gorging on trout from the pond.

 

 

 

Contrast this current Tern with leg band...

 

 

 

to the elaborate leg bands I discovered on another Caspian Tern from April, 2011 (this bird... 3 images below) was banded on the Columbia River 5 years earlier, according to the Faculty from a university in Oregon!

 

 

 

 

 

Both legs have been banded with multiple colored bands on both legs, providing the research faculty in Oregon evidence to identify the bird on the wing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 6, 2017

Here are a few new images of the RARE male Indigo Bunting from my 2nd successful morning visit to Wheeler Farm in Murray Utah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 5, 2017

I woke up this morning, dressed to take my morning walk, but before leaving home, I went to my computer to find that Pomera Fronce had posted the presence of a RARE Indigo Bunting at Wheeler farm, and she was looking at it!

Within a few minutes I was also looking at the bird, along with a notable number of lady birders, some photographing!

 

Awesome!!!

Thanks To Pomera for providing access to this RARE male Indigo Bunting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm pleased to have photographed this rare bird!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 1, 2017

I've been enjoying the birds in and around the pond at the "Kennecott Nature Center", Jordan River, Murray, lately!

American White Pelicans have been there, because of the presence of some small alien fish!

 

 

The Pelicans had been away from the pond for a number of years, along with other fish-eating birds! They will stay awhile if the water level is maintained.

 

 

Notice the presence of a Black Crowned Night Heron, another fish-eater, in the upper left corner!

 

 

In the latter part of June, 2013, the pond looked like this...

 

 

By September, it was totally dry, killing the alien fish, called, "Dojo Loaches" a Eurasian weatherfish (discarded into the Jordan River, from someone's aquarium).

 

 

With the loss of water, we lost a variety of fish-eating birds!

 

 

Including this Neotropic Cormorant, with a Dojo in its mouth!

 

 

 

Before the pond dried up, I captured a series of images showing a male Belted Kingfisher courting the female, shown below!

 

 

The male had captured a Dojo and was coaxing the female to come to him.

 

 

The female (right) met the male halfway.

 

 

coming in for a landing!

 

 

The male (distant bird) took this opportunity to hand off the fish to the female, a ritual of courtship!

 

 

The female accepted the fish, and the pair was bonded!

 

 

Meanwhile, a Neotropic cormorant succeeded in capturing a Dojo...

 

 

Cormorants flip their fish upward, and grab them again and again to kill them before eating!

 

 

A lovely Forster's Tern hovered over the pond one day when the pond was productive...

 

 

It hit the water, but came up without a Dojo fish!

 

 

The Tern hovered again...

 

 

The bird hit the shallow water with a vengeance!

 

 

The Tern was successful this time!

 

 

A rare bird for this location, an adult Green Heron showed up in 2012, looking for Dojo's also! This bird only stayed for 1 day!

 

 

I was teaching a photo student this day, and she pointed out the Green Heron to me!!

 

 

The Heron stretched out his neck for this image!

 

 

On another sunny, hot day, this male Belted Kingfisher made dinner for himself at the pond...

 

 

 

Kingfishers 'whack' these fish multiple times before they swallow them!

 

 

There were so many other varieties of "fish-eating" birds at the time before the pond dried up completely!

Let's hope that this year, the pond will have enough water to continue to attract them again!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 18, 2017

I'm finally back, now with some good birds from various locations!

 

During the 1st week in April, this year, I began photographing Mandarin Ducks seen below:

There were 4 present... 3 males and 1 female at an undisclosed area.

 

Earlier, in May,2015 I had located a Mandarin family there, which I, alone, photographed for over a month.

 

(Click HERE to see the extensive Mandarin Family series from 2015 .)

 

This year, while photographing, I was surprised to see several other photographers.

I asked how they knew about these Mandarin ducks!

Even though they didn't know each other, all had the same answer: "Facebook"!

 

The "Cat" is "out of the bag"!

Over a 3 day period that I tried to work the area that I studied 2 years earler, there were more new faces with huge telephotos... so many people that the birds took off, disappering upstream.

I gave up!

Apparently, the birds occasionally show up over time; but I prefer to leave the location alone.

 

Here are a few of this year's Mandarin ducks from Murray Park!

The 2 males...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the mated pair...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 26, 2017

From Big Cottonwood Park East, here are a few new birds...

A Yellow Warbler...

 

 

Yellow Warbler vocalizing...

 

 

Male Western Tanager!

 

 

2nd male Western Tanager

 

 

3rd male Western Tanager in direct sunlight

 

 

Again...

 

 

Finally, a Lark Sparrow!

 

 

A handsome male Bullock's Oriole!

 

He just grabbed a juicy green caterpiller!

 

The caterpiller will be a good source of protein!

 

One final image of the Oriole's dinner!

 

Some late afternoon images below of the male Bullock's Oriole...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final image of Bullock's in Big Cottonwood East Park.

 

I discovered and posted the location of SORAS (several) in the pond!

 

I was successful in showing the birds to several birders over time...

 

I photographed them several days in a row!

 

 

In another post, I'll include a Sora from another location.

 

First of Year male Black headed Grosbeak!

 

 

 

Here we have a female Black headed Grosbeak in late evening...

 

 

I located a Western Wood Pewee (flycatcher) at Big Cottonwood East.

 

 

Again...

 

 

This gorgeous male American Goldfinch was a pleasure to photograph!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this particular Western Tanager was also fun to capture digitally!

 

 

 

Here's a close up of a female Western Tanager...

 

 

 

Again...

 

 

 

Another Black headed Grosbeak on an overcast day...

 

 

 

Again...

 

 

And, finally, a breeding plumage Yellow rumped Warbler!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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