Yesterday I posted a juvenile Wilson’s Phalarope and today I am posting an assortment of others birds I photographed the same day at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge. The first bird I focused on that morning was a lovely Sandhill Crane I found on the way to the auto tour route. It was with two other cranes but this one turned around and looked at me whereas the other two never did.
I am always delighted when I can photograph American White Pelicans in flight against a clear blue sky because their white and black plumage stands out so well. I was parked trying to photograph an ibis when this one flew past.
I was surprised to find a lone Northern Pintail associating with a small flock of mallards so I couldn’t resist photographing it. I believe this is a juvenile drake but would appreciate confirmation if anyone knows for sure. The bill isn’t right for a female but the plumage isn’t quite right for a male in eclipse plumage either.
On my way out of the refuge I found a couple of Mourning Doves on a fence line and while most of them flew off this one hung around and gave me the opportunity to photograph it perched on a strand rusty barbed wire. They might be common but I think they are quite lovely!
Life is good at the Bear River National Wildlife Refuge!