Immature Pied-billed Grebe being chased over the water – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
In just a little over two weeks birders, hunters and bird photographers should have access to more of Farmington Bay WMA than we have had since March. Or will we?
I need to check it out with my own eyes but it sounds like there is some construction going on at Farmington Bay WMA. I’ve noticed lots of construction going on in the area outside of the WMA and it may have to do with the West Davis Corridor, a project that no one should want there because it will damage wetlands and impact all of the birds and wildlife in the area. The comment period is only open for a few more days but you know at this point I think UDOT will just ignore those comments, I believe they are set on ruining the wetlands for us and the birds now.
Immature Pied-billed Grebe rushing across the water with prey – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I photographed this immature Pied-billed Grebe with prey last October at Farmington Bay while another grebe chased it across the open water. At times I have seen 15 to 20 Pied-billed Grebes in this area hunting for prey, chasing each other and resting in between.
Immature Pied-billed Grebe scooting across the water with prey – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I don’t know what to expect the next time I head to Farmington Bay. I hope that we will have the same access to areas that we have had in years past but right now I don’t think we can depend on that. I think we all need to be ready for change and that it won’t be change for the better.