One of the first birds that I photographed was a Peregrine Falcon. While these raptors are fairly common in the winter in Arizona, it was a bit of a surprise to find one still here at this time of the year. Many, but not all, migrate to far northern climates for the summer. And for the first time, I found one that was fairly approachable and allowed me to snap a couple of shots of it. Their facial pattern is quite remarkable and they look so regal perched up high.
For those that think we do not have waders in Arizona, I just had to capture a photo of a Great Blue Heron. These are really very common in Arizona, even though Arizona is part of the Sonoran Desert. They can be found just about anywhere where there is water with fish. This area in Tres Rios has a large population of these birds and in fact they even have a tree with a rookery of several nests that raise several young every year. As this one shows, they quite frequently perch in trees.
Great Blue Heron
Also near this area I found several White-faced Ibis. Most were easily spooked, but this one was hanging out with some Black-necked Stilts and allowed a bit more time for some photos. It is a bird that can easily be confused with the Glossy Ibis, but the red eye is a sure sign of a White-faced Ibis. The white face is evident on breeding adults.
Just a bit past the spillway area is a small area going down near the river and the vegetation is very thick, so I just stood there watching the activity in the trees and during this time I was able to capture a photo of a Song Sparrow and also a Lazuli Bunting. The bunting is a bird that is so colorful that they just try to make it difficult to those that want to take photos of them. This photo is not bad, but would have loved to capture a front view with the cinnamon breast band.
Two more photos to round out this outing; one of an Ash-throated Flycatcher and the other of a Common Gallinule. The flycatcher is a common bird in the summer in Arizona and have a subtle beauty to them even though they are not strong on bold colors. The Common Gallinule was formally know as the Common Moorhen. The name change took place just one year ago. While they look a bit like the American Coot, they definitely have a bit more color to them. They have already bred here in Arizona as I did see several chicks, but the ever-attentive parents quickly got the chicks to take cover when I approached too closely.
Will need to make some future trips out there again in the future, but with the heat starting to built for the summer, the trips will become less numerous until the fall night time temps start falling.