Wetlands

Thru the Trees

As a continuation of my last post, Gilbert’s Riparian Institute at Water Ranch is a 110 acre park organized into various vegetative zones that range from wetlands to native riparian and upland vegetation areas, not a common landscape in the greater Phoenix area. There are 7 ponds, full of 200 species of water-loving birds, as well as all sorts of other animals.

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Cottontails everywhere.

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Pond Slider

This pond slider is enjoying the sun.

Stream

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Canada Geese

If you want to see birds, this place delivers! Hangin’ with some Canada Geese.

Canada Goose

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Click to see a lot of grazing birds in the marsh (above).

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Stilt 1

Black-necked stilts and many other shorebirds abound.

Stilt 2

I love this place, so pretty and diverse, an oasis in the midst of a busy urban area. It’s big enough that you see far more animals than people. More photos to come…

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7 responses to “Wetlands

  1. Candace, these are BEAUTIFUL!!!
    It looks like such a peaceful place to be.
    I just love the natural framing in the first one, and that sweet little bunny too. :-)

    Have a wonderful day ahead!

  2. These are beautiful photos. I can’t believe this is Arizona!

  3. Gorgeous! What an oasis of delights.

  4. What a great place! I sure would have spent some time there when I lived in the area. It must be terrific for letting kids see some of the wildlife!

  5. Obviously a great place to visit in search of some bird and animal shots. Nice post, Candace.

  6. What beautiful photos!!

  7. Love these, particularly the turtle!

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