Spring Birding at Walker Lake
Late spring, close to the Summer Solstice is great for catching migratory birds at the pond in the afternoon. They come in for a refreshing drink or a cool bath and when I set up the Nikon 500mm 4.0 in the shade, I can go unnoticed.
A small Lesser Goldfinch, (4.5 inches 11cm) stops for a quick snack on the nearby Russian Sage.
In the distance a couple of larger Western Kingbirds (8.3/4" 22 cm) stay close around the pond, waiting to catch any flying insects that come near.
Two Starlings make such a splash, I wonder if there will be any water left in the pond.
Young Barn Swallows spend all daylight hours training to dive bomb insects over the water. . .
Sometimes getting a little wet in the process and then having to dry off on the overhead wire.
A Collard Lizard moves in to sun and catch any bugs that happen by.
A female House Wren stops on last year's sunflower stalk, looking for insects to feed her young.
Not much better entertainment on a late spring afternoon than watching all the activity that a pond in the back yard can bring. Most of all, the birds show their appreciation by posing for photographs.
What an exciting and interesting photo-adventure this day has been. I love it when I am drawn to an area and not knowing what to expect I get treated to new experiences.
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