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.