Yesterday the sun was shining on Antelope Island unlike the stormy day before and there were birds and animals to photograph much to my delight. The Horned Larks were singing, preening and chasing each other around. This male Horned Lark that was perched on Tintic Quartzite was one of my favorite larks images yesterday. Tintic Quartzite found on the island is 550 millions years old and was at one time part of an ancient seabed. Typically the light color of the quartzite makes photographing birds on them challenging but in the right light these ancient rock formations can be interesting perches.
The Red-winged Blackbirds are singing and displaying and are behaving as if spring has already started. I can’t blame them because it sure feels like spring to me not mid February. It won’t be long and the Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Brown Cowbirds and Brewer’s Blackbird will be joining the chorus.
On the way off of the island I spotted my third Coyote of the day and it was a coyote I had wondered about for some time. The last time I photographed him was in 2013 and his mate had suffered an injury to her leg. I have wondered if she survived and how this old, pale male had done too. He is so much paler or bleached out than the other coyotes on the island that he stands out. Well, now he has an injury to one of his back legs and doesn’t put any weight on it. It is park policy to allow nature to take its course and even though seeing this coyote limping along tugs at my heart I believe in that policy.
The leg injury has not seemed to impede the hunting ability old coyote and he still looks healthy and strong. I hope his leg will heal.
Life is good.