February 2016

Antelope Island Causeway (2nd Bridge) in DEAD of Winter!

 

 

 

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Updated: February 4, 2016

 


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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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February 4, 2016

A walk along the Sandy/South Jordan, JORDAN RIVER PARKWAY saw a Juvenile Northern Harrier hunting for its dinner!

 

 

Paralleling the river, the bird was often just a few feet from the ground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bird successfully connected with a female Mallard ( I did not capture the initial event...)

The result is seen in the series of images below...

 

 

 

I'm not sure if the method the Harrier used for dispatching the female Mallard is typical when water is available; but this predator DROWNED THE MALLARD by holding the head under water!

 

 

 

The Mallard attempted to escape... to no avail!

 

 

Wings and Water droplets flying everywhere...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally there was no more evidence of life in the hapless Mallard!

The female duck succumbed, and the Harrier dragged it out of sight!

 

I've only seen one other bird attempt to drown a victim... a Cormorant doing so with a wounded Common Merganser... but not for food in that instance!

For me, this was a sobering experience... to see an adult Mallard be terminated in such a manner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 3, 2016

On a cloudy, sometimes foggy day at Antelope Island, I had access to an American Kestrel that ultimately 'hovered' in flight, looking for food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Falcon detected a 'Vole' on the ground below him, and began to hover, watching for an opportunity to swoop down and catch dinner!

 

 

The bird was stationary above the ground for a substantial amount of time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It dived to the ground and fetched the tiny mouse-like critter, then landed on a man-made object to feast.

 

 

On another day, (weather-wise) I photographed this male with prey, with a natural surrounding (no "hand of man" to be seen).

 

 

And on a sunny day I was fortunate to capture this image with both male (top) and female in the same frame!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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