Waiting on Spring
Spotted at the so called "Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area" on 3-Jan-14. The area is gotten to by chance. It was pollution soaked and frozen solid on the day we sought it out. No bald eagles, West Nile Virus infected or not. They're said to be dining on dead Grebes, which may have been the carriers of WNV and/or may have died from WNV itself.
Sketchy shot of a blue heron leaving asap. All the animals in the refuge flee when a person points something at them. I'm told there are only 3 states that allow hunting in the wildlife refuge, UT being one of them. Without the hunter's fees the refuge would not be accessible. But our governor is about to allow the worst polluter in the west to put a mineral extraction plant on the southern border of the refuge. He's a regular Mr. Crabs that guy is.
Arctic Tundra swan, eating submerged pond weed. I'm told in a few weeks there will be 40,000 similar birds in the refuge. I didn't notice it at the tie, but I see two Great Blue Heron standing further back.
Great Blue Heron: it was about 40' from the road. When I opened the car door, it took off, landing in this location, about 100yds from the road.
Blue Heron, Below Lone Peak
Blue Heron w Black Billed Magpie