Saturday, January 12, 2013
Tres Rios Wetlands - 1 Jan 2013 (Part 2)
To continue on with my latest foray into Tres Rios Wetlands (permit required), this part will be void of raptors. You are going to see more sparrows than anything, but a couple barnyard birds as well. Will start off this post with a photo of a Least Sandpiper. A very common 'peep' and since it is so common in Arizona in the winter, many people do not pay much attention to this little shorebird. But when a bird (any bird) presents itself for a photo, I usually do not turn them down. This photo is a bit unique in the fact you can actually see its feet and toes. Most generally that part of the anatomy of this bird is buried in mud!
Next we will move on to a warbler. Like almost all warblers, the Orange-crowned Warbler is a very busy bird and does not sit still for any length of time, plus the fact they like to hunt for food in heavy vegetation so taking photos is always a bit of a challenge. In one of the photos, it is like trying to solve one of the 'Where's Waldo' puzzles. The colors really blend in with the leaves.
Next we will move on to the sparrows from this trip. This is a great place for various sparrow species and I was able to photograph 3 of them on this trip; Lincoln's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, and of course the scarce Swamp Sparrow which is not a common bird in AZ.
A Ladderback Woodpecker also made an appearance.
Now on to the barnyard birds. One of the areas along Tres Rios also borders some farm ground and some land owners back yards and corrals. Never seen these before, but found they had a small flock of Peafowl and some Guineas. The Peacocks color was just so brilliant I had to shoot some photos, but could not leave out the Peahens either.