It’s kind of funny to me that here in Arizona, some of my favorite wildlife pictures so far are of birds associated with water. However, when you consider that one of my favorite places to go take pictures is the San Pedro River, maybe it’s not so surprising. That said, what might surprise some of you is that this picture (which I took a couple of weeks ago) is set in southeast Arizona.
So anyhow, that’s where I headed at about 0545 on Saturday morning. I had a really nice 3 hour hike, and ended up getting a couple of pictures that I’m quite happy with.
Let’s just cut right to the chase, and show you the best shot of the morning, since I already teased it in the title …
This bird not terribly eager to have it’s picture taken. I got this shot after my 3rd attempt trying to sneak up on it. The first two times, it flew to the other side of pond well before I got anywhere close. In the end, it was probably good that I didn’t get close until this point, as the light wasn’t as good earlier.
While I was attempting to stalk the heron, I also happened upon a couple of cool little sandpipers. I got several good shots of them, but this one of two together on a log is probably my favorite:
Also down by the pond, while this isn’t the greatest image, I did see a bird that I haven’t photographed before:
I also got a couple more pictures of what is probably one of the most photogenic birds down at the San Pedro River, the Vermilion Flycatcher.
A little further down the river, I managed to peek in on this duck before it got spooked and flew away.
And finally, to wrap things up, every once in a while (ok more than once in a while) the light is just not good enough to get a useable picture, even when the subject is something kind of cool (like a woodpecker). Today I just gave up and decided to go full black and white silhouette.
Til next time,