I spent the yesterday morning photographing with two great friends at Antelope Island State Park and Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area and had a wonderful time.
At Farmington Bay I missed a few shots of Northern Harriers in flight because I didn’t get focused on them in time but I was delighted to find a drake Northern Pintail where I could take frame filling images of him in his breeding plumage.
I think of all the ducks in North American that Northern Pintails look the most; for lack of a better word, distinguished. They are elegant and beautifully marked. I took tons of images of this drake and will have to spend quite a bit of time sorting through them.
This male American Kestrel was also at Farmington Bay perched on a pickup antennae which seems like an odd place for a kestrel to perch but the pickup was parked close to a field and literally gave this tiny falcon a “bird’s eye view”. He was also a fairly sticky bird and all three of us were able to get images of him before he flew to another spot.
And earlier on Antelope Island we found a couple of American Bison bulls pushing their noses into the snow to uncover the dried grasses beneath it. I just can’t get enough bison in the snow images.
I love the thick, dark winter coat of the bison against the pure white snow and those huge faces with snow-covered muzzles.
It was a wonderful morning spent with friends, birds, great views and wildlife.
Life is good.