We went to a new-to-us place last weekend, the Riparian Institute at Water Ranch in Gilbert, AZ, one of the Phoenix ‘burbs. This 110-acre preserve is full of ponds, marshes, and lakes, and is home to over 200 species of birds.
The above two photos are of Cormorants, a different bird in each photo. I’m not sure if they are Double-Crested Cormorants or Neotropic Cormorants since both have been seen at this preserve. And I could have spent hours (well, I guess I did) watching this endlessly-fascinating Great Blue Heron.
Of course, I didn’t have my camera on auto-focus so I was totally unprepared when he took a brief flight.
I was never able to get very close to the graceful and ethereal Great Egrets we saw. It sure would be fun to have a 400mm lens, rather than my 200mm, but I don’t think that will be in my budget for a long, long time. They are expensive!
If the below photo is not animated, click on it, to see some blurry shots of the flying heron.
Stay tuned for more wildlife photos from the beautiful Gilbert Riparian Preserve…