A Day in the Life, Again

Returning to the Gilbert Water Ranch for what might be my last chance this season at birds-in-flight photos, I found slim pickings. The pelicans, black-crowned night herons, green herons, great blue herons, avocets, stilts, and great and snowy egrets have largely moved on, it seems.  Indicating warming temperatures north of here, that augurs well for my own imminent travel but it reduced my photo ops, for sure.  

Of course, there are always some birds to be seen.  Like gila woodpeckers clearing out a cavity in a saguaro cactus, presumably in readiness for nesting, and a mourning dove already nicely settled onto its eggs in a cavity in the same cactus.

3-photo collage of birds nesting in one saguaro cactusLike a hopping-on-one-foot female avocet, disturbed by a turtle. Like an annoyed muscovy duck, an indignant double-crested cormorant, and a splish-splashing long-billed dowitcher.

4-photo collage of birds at Gilbert Water RanchLike an Inca dove and the mourning doves that are inexorably pushing them out of their former range.

2-photo collage of 2 species of doveAnd hey!  Like a killdeer and a long-billed dowitcher: in-flight shots that are close to what I want. As the golfers say, it’s the close shots that bring you back.

2-photo collage of killdeer and dowitcher in flight

5 Comments

  1. Jim Taylor

    I am so envious, sometimes, of the ability of birds to fly. Not just their ability to lift off the ground and move through the air, but even more their confidence. Here they are, high in the air, inevitably subject to the force of gravity which would destroy them if they fell from a great height. And yet they do gyrations that sometimes cause them to flop helplessly, and they just spread a wing and straighten out and fly on. They’re not afraid of making mistakes.
    Jim T

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Jim T – No fear of falling. We watched gulls and puffins sit on steep, grassy slopes with their butts practically hanging over a precipice, with no apparent concern. Of course, if the ground did fall away, or if they took any kind of misstep, they had a back-up plan.

  2. “Appreciating Deeply” and “Laughing Frequently,” indeed! I won’t quibble with your quote from Chesterton for it applies admirably to this collection of bird portraits. I think your double-crested cormorant wrote the hotel review.

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