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Weekend of the Flood

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Sep 152013
 

Last weekend my wife and I  decided to travel to southern Utah to visit our grandson on his birthday.  After a good visit we headed for the Lytle ranch in southwest Utah to see if we could find some avian subjects to satisfy my urge to push the button.  We arrived at the ranch only to find just a few birds around.  We opted for the Black Crowned Night Herron at the first pond.  I got some good shots of his bright red eyes.

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We hadn’t been there long when we discovered the thunderheads were moving quickly toward us.  We high-tailed it back to the car to see if we could beat the rain and be able to cross the washes back to the main road, fifteen miles away.  We made it before the flood waters had destroyed our path out.  We headed for St. George but had to stop once again for my itchy finger.

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The next day we went through Zion’s park, only to be rained out for the morning.  We headed north to a small town called Alton to see what critters we could find.  The Red Shafted Flicker was the best bird of the day.

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Shots of a lifetime

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Sep 012013
 

In over thirty years of pushing the shutter button, I have found that getting everything just right: the light and the subject; plus, being in the right place at the right time and having the subjects co-operate is something that seldom happens for that once-in-a-lifetime-shot. I was watching a coyote “mousing”, just getting ready to take the shot when a streak of grey flashed through the viewfinder. I raised my head up from the camera to see a Northern Harrier hovering above the coyote. I took the shot…and another…and another.

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The coyote had found the harrier’s nest.

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The bird would not leave him alone.

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For the next ten minutes the battle was on.

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There were no clear winners in this life and death struggle.

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The bird lost nestlings, the coyote lost blood, I alone gained. What a show!

 

Went back for more

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Aug 252013
 

Went back for more but the conditions had changed.  Now some really big Hummers were in the stinkweed patch.8-24-13kt2 035

Hummers in the Stinkweeds

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Aug 252013
 

You don’t find many days that everything goes right .  The weather  was perfect with plenty of light to provide with the shutter speeds I needed.  The table was set, the Stinkweeds were in bloom!  ( Alias…  the Rocky Mountain Bee plant…  a natural Rufous Hummingbird magnet.)  I managed to catch a few ” Jewels-in -Flight.”

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Watch My Back by KJ Thurgood

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Aug 152013
 

 

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