more from New Mexico
We found some more birds during that first trip to the Bosque del Apache… what a great place it is to discover new ones!
This guy is called a Black-necked Stilt. I wonder why?
They are a lot of fun to watch.
Not sure if this one is a Greater or Lesser Yellowlegs. I’m going with Lesser.
This American Avocet posed nicely for me.
A comparison of size for the Stilt and Yellowlegs
A little Vermillion Flycatcher female. We had to wait for the second visit to catch the male in all of his scarlet (or vermillion) finery. Then the female became very elusive.
An American Kestrel (female). We have these at home, but they never sit still enough for a portrait.
Canada Geese trailed by a batch of goslings.
I’m assuming that’s dad kind of laid back behind the family.
I think this pair probably thought they were camouflaged.
Speaking of camouflaged… there was more than just birds to be seen, but this deer wasn’t posing.
This sequence was rather fun. There’s the first shot of the Phoebe, but it flew away. Luckily it came back to the same spot with the bug it had snagged. It looked like it was even showing off the bug in its beak for me.
Even a Cattle Egret showed up.
Stepping out for a better hunting spot.
And about then, we decided to call it a day. There’s nothing quite like them desert skies.
The world is a wonderfully weird place, consensual reality is significantly flawed, no institution can be trusted, certainty is a mirage, security a delusion, and the tyranny of the dull mind forever threatens — but our lives are not as limited as we think they are, all things are possible, laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it’s love and love alone that really matters.
― Tom Robbins