Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Egrets~Nature Notes 090910























I've been waking up VERY early every morning for the past week. I don't know why...(sigh)..., but I have. So, I've been going out with my camera VERY EARLY and trying to take some photos in the gorgeous morning light. This morning I went to Marriott Desert Springs because last Saturday there was a flock of about 20 cattle egrets on one of the waterfalls there, but by the time I was able to walk over there, my camera's battery had died! ACK! Fortunately, this morning, they were down by a couple of little ponds. As I stood and took these photos (and about 20 others), I noticed that this particular egret chased away all the other egrets and especially one a little smaller. He also chased off some of the juveniles. It was interesting to watch the interplay of him with them~~he was DEFINITELY BOSS! He finally flew up onto this little rocky island and quietly posed for me (see his right leg up?) I was able to see the flock feed on whatever it is they eat in the water (it looked like grass). I'm glad that I got to spend some time with them this morning before I had to go to ...(gasp!) JURY DUTY! I also tried to get a few pics of them with their wings open. They really are beautiful birds!





6 comments:

~Cheryl said...

Beautiful shots! I'm glad I don't have to pick a favorite because I wouldn't be able to.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Questo รจ un meraviglioso parco che amerei molto visitare :)
Buona giornata.

Squirrel said...

Cools shots of the egrets.

A piece of news said...

How interesting that he chased everyone off. They are very pretty birds and I'm glad you got some shots.

Rambling Woods said...

Beautiful photos and I too love to watch the interactions with the birds.. So sorry you have jury duty. I hope the time goes by quickly....

Carver said...

These are wonderful shots of the egrets. They are such beautiful birds.