I took a day off yesterday… Wow it was nice to go out to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary when there aren’t hundreds of CARS (never mind people).
I got out there around 0945 and there were only 8 cars in the lot. It was quiet. Perfect. I came across the night herons right near the entrance as usual. There was a juvenile nice and close and he had his eyes open… a great photo op.
Loons and cormorants were busy fishing (successfully) and the birds were almost loud – there were so many of them chirping! There were many Northern Pintails, Northern Shovellers and American Widgeons as well as the usual plethora of Mallards.
Highlights of the visit included my first GOOD raptor in flight, my first GOOD Northern Flicker, my ONLY photos of an American Bittern, and being able to hang with 5 sandhill cranes!
I was there for 6 hours and easily could have spent longer if not for my desire to beat the rush hour traffic.
Here are a couple of shots from the day:
Northern Harrier on the hunt:
American Bittern also hunting (for fish):
After his catch (you can see the bulge in his throat):
All these shots were with the Canon 50D and Canon 100-400mm lens @ 400mm.
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