It was chilly but bright yesterday morning and there were bluebird skies overhead and Antelope Island State Park beckoned and I of course heeded that call. For me it is always wonderful to spend the first day of the year out photographing the birds I am so passionate about. While I didn’t see all that many species I did spend some time photographing the White-crowned Sparrows that were feeding on the seeds of Rabbitbrush on the island.
Most of the sparrows I saw were juvenile White-crowned Sparrows and although I did see a few adults they were mostly hidden or kept their distance. It interests me because I do see fewer adults during the winter and far more juveniles whereas in the summer I see more adults than juveniles.
Next up was a short trip to Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management area to see if there were birds that were close enough to photograph and although I did take a few Northern Harrier images I didn’t see that many raptors. Of course there were a few Bald Eagles on the Eagle Tree and this time of the year that is fairly common. I was able to take a few images of Northern Shovelers as they rested and floated on the water. This drake Northern Shoveler is in breeding plumage and really stands out.
There was also this drake who is in eclipse plumage and appears to be going into breeding plumage. I enjoyed having the two drakes in different plumage phases nearly side by side to compare them.
My year started out great with birds in my viewfinder and I came home with a few bird images from New Years Day. I hope your year started off great too.