You know the week is off to a good start when there is a Black Necked Stilt foraging in morning light pink legs and all.
The Little Bear Beetle is in the genus Paracotalpa and ranges throughout the western united states principally in the drier regions of the great basin from Southern Washington south to Northern California and Nevada.
That Fuzzy body is what gave them the common name Little-Bear.
Little-Bear in a little bush on a early spring day.
A Double-crested Cormorant heading our way as they foraged in some shallow water of a temporary pond.
Love the blue eyes these of birds. Heck, we find the eyes of cormorants fascinating wether they are blue, green or red eyes. Watching them swim through the water with bodies riding low, diving and then swallowing their catch with a single gulp is something we always love to observe.
A male Cinnamon Teal swims by looking ahead while we quietly sit and enjoy the view. Those days spent photographing wildlife, just sitting letting things swim, fly or walk by are some of our favorites.
Observing and being observed yet each going about their own business so to speak.
Quiet days in noisy times make for respite we all need.
Wishing you a wonderful and quiet weekend.
Just a few shots of what we found to a be a fine looking Snow Goose resting in some grasses not yet greening up just a few weeks ago.
By now those fields must be green and the goose departed for land far away.
Happy Friday and wishing you a fine weekend.
The Chukar , pronounced choo-karr. is a game bird introduced to North America and New Zealand from Eurasia. The Chukar typically inhabits high, dry and rocky terrain in Western North America. We have occasionally gotten a glance and sometimes a quick photo of them while out and about in the great basin region of the United States but our encounters were always short and to the point. That all changed a week ago.
While sipping our morning coffee this lone Chukar wandered into our yard. Probably an escapee from a bird dog training session or from a hunting ranch. This day we had a chance to observe and photograph this bird up close and for several hours as it hung around most of the day and into the early evening.
It was fun to get a good look at this Chukar however by days end they had wandered off into the sunset.
For the last few years a fine pair of Mallard Ducks have chosen to share a small local pond with us. We have named the pair Sue and Lou and they have become fine friends indeed. This day we found Lou sitting quietly waiting out a middle-May snow storm.
Sue enjoying the early evening light just a few days after the snow.
Welcome back and here’s to a fine summer.
Up and over
The wind blows
The clouds move
I stand still