A Day of Bird Watching with the Nikon
An early morning drive in April 2013 to Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, near Fallon, Nevada turned out to be an excellent day for bird watching.
In the distance, just approaching the Environmental Education area a huge nest was spotted in a tall cottonwood tree.
Switching to my Nikon 500mm 4.0 lens, I realized this was a Great Horned Owl sitting on her nest.
Across at the picnic area, the Cliff Swallows were busy building their nests of mud.
With the abundance of flying insects, the swallows should have plenty of food to subsidize their diets.
At first, I thought the insects were mosquitoes, but I did not get any bites and they weren't interested in my bare skin.
As I was leaving, a Double-crested Cormorant waded out in the shallow water and posed while I carefully steadied the Nikon 80-200mm 2.8 on the truck window.
I hope to do a return visit in early May to check on the progress of our feathered friends and see what new arrivals have stopped by during the spring migration.
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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