Juvenile Wilson's PhalaropeJuvenile Wilson’s Phalarope – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Bear River National Wildlife Refuge was lovely yesterday morning and one of the nice surprises I found was this juvenile Wilson’s Phalarope on the west side of the auto tour route.

I have been seeing loads of Spotted Sandpipers and Wilson’s Phalaropes on the refuge but I haven’t been able to get close enough to them to take images but when I saw this juvenile phalarope I had to get out of my vehicle because the bird was on the passenger side and the young bird stayed put while I took quite a few images from over the hood of my Jeep. I like that I can still see downy fuzz on the back of the juvenile’s neck.

I wish I could have gotten a lower angle perspective on this young bird but I felt that if I were to have laid down on the road to do that I would have flushed the phalarope and I didn’t want to do that. The comfort of my subject is always more important than the image.

Wilson’s Phalaropes do breed in northern Utah and I suspect this juvenile maybe have been hatched on or nearby the refuge.

Life is good.



  1. Mia McPherson July 25, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks EC, Roger and Patty.

    Roger, I do wish I could tell what is going on in the minds of the birds and animals I photograph but it also might be scary to hear what they think of humans and what we are doing to them and their habitats.

  2. Elephant's Child July 25, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Love the detail on the plumage – and the shot-silk water it is standing in.

  3. Roger Burnard July 25, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Looks like he/she is standing there just “contemplating his/her next move.
    I would soooo love to know what is going on in the mind of animals that
    I photograph… How about you? ;-)))

  4. Patty Chadwick July 25, 2015 at 9:27 am

    What a beautiful, serene image…my shoulders have been up by my ears and I seem to have forgotten hoe to breathe, but this image helped get things back in perspective. Love the soft light, diagonal counterpoint of the waves., and the almost adult bird.

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