Monday, March 30, 2020

American White Pelicans on a Community Log

The Pelicans arrived at Bear River! I saw only two of them on a community log a few days ago. The rest are probably on Gunnison Island preparing for nesting and raising the young ones. Soon Pelicans will be at Bear River again. 

These Pelicans are breeding adults. You can see the knobs on their bills.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Notes to Self. "Do More Than to Die..."

With the dark pall of the coronavirus hanging over our lives, 
it is easy to become obsessed with not dying. 
But you must not forget to keep living. 

The ONE THING for today:
Don’t allow anyone or anything to rob of you of living fully today.
Pastor Kemp

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Eared Grebes at Bear River

Over the last few years I photographed Western Grebes, Pied-billed Grebes at Bear River but never Eared Grebes.  The moment I saw these birds my only hope was that Eared Grebes would stay close to the shore. And surprisingly they did!

A breeding adult. His bill is thin black and tipped, golden plumes splayed across the cheek.  A very impressive and beautiful bird!

After a long dive the Eared Grebe looked a little bit different.

At some moment one of Grebes stretched his neck and looked so funny.

Eared Grebes do nest in Northern Utah and hopefully someday I will see their mating displays, their nests and their youngs. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Great Blue Heron on a Community Log

Something is very special about this log that attracts Pelicans, Cormorants and sometimes Great Blue Herons.  Pelicans and Cormorants usually share this log and stay there happily together. But Great Blues prefer to keep social distancing.