My blog has been down much of the day because of my hosting provider; Network Solutions, having issues. They never fully explain what those “issues” are.
But I wanted to share a few more of the Mountain Plover images I took which are a lifer bird for me as well as being rare in Utah. The plovers gave me great views and the light was nice so I was able to take hundreds of images. Other local birders and bird photographers were able to take joy in seeing these lovely shorebirds and that made me happy.
I am not sure if this is a female or a male going into breeding plumage, it was definitely lighter in color than the other bird. I don’t think it is an immature bird but I am not sure.
I believe this image to be of an adult male Mountain Plover and he certainly was stunning. The tiny purple flowers in these images are Filaree, a type of wild geranium. They are very tiny.
These Mountain Plovers were wonderful to watch as they walked around searching for prey. They have a walk, walk, walk stop kind of movement.
The plover caught prey quite often, they seem to be very good hunters. Even if I never see another Mountain Plover I was amazed and delighted to find these and that feeling will be with me for a very long time.