Saturday, January 9, 2010

30 Degrees in the Sun

It is always a pleasure to drive up to the Hagerman.
The drive was prompted by the bright sunshine with only a slight breeze.

There was very little open water .
Food for the wildlife was hard to find .

I think this picture says it all. This Heron was
stalking and pecking at food under the ice.

This Heron flew out a hundred yards, then flew
back to original position. I kept waiting for the
Herons to land on the ice.

Red was at the Refuge Office eating.

more ice. After two or three days below
freezing , with temps in the low teens
the past two nights help create this giant ice rink

It was getting late, so I shot this with a flash
giving all the birds 'red eye'.

Food is where you find it.

Evening flights out to roost or parts unknown.

Wave action, wind, and temperature

Hagerman's Ice Hockey Team. There was
another group of birds to the East that had
a small amount of liquid to land in.

Cold cuts, little crunchy

Ice fishing buddies

Says it all.

Normally shy, this Blue allowed my approach
to get this close up.
As soon as the Sun went down the temperature dropped two degrees.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Snow Geese

The 'into the sun' shots are from the New Viewing Stand

Northern Harrier

The Birds were leaving the feeding
area headed to the roosting.
Note: the backlit wings

Red Tailed Hawk

Barred Owl at the bridge
West of Egret Drive

Green Winged Teel
Heron and Minnow

Heron caught in the middle of
the swallow of a fine minnow.

A pair on Northern Shovelers

I think this is a Gadwall

Northern Pintail

Green Winged Teels
Sky full of Geese headed out.

Another shot from the new viewing stand
on Heron drive

Ducks getting the last bite

Geese Headed to the Roost...It was getting a little cool,
so I'll bid you good day and see you all next time.

Good Day!