Final Autumn Visit to the Bear River Refuge

October 7, 2018

The movement of the wind in the reeds is quite hypnotic.  This is a movie, click on the image to get to the Flickr site to play it.
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Smiling Pied billed grebe. I think he really looks like he’s got a secret. _JLS1986b

They have done a controlled burn in parts of the refuge, more effort in trying to kill/reduce the invasive phragmites. The black added an interesting contrast to many of these photos.

Killdeer
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Great blue heron, this bird was PATIENT. I spent 15 minutes here waiting for him to take off. He outlasted me. Of course he was on the passenger side of the car so I was having to twist in my seat and hold the heavy lens level. Better luck to me next time… _JLS2052b

I may hate phragmites for its inexorable invasiveness, but it is pretty.
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Snowy egret _JLS2076

Hiding Snowy egret
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There were hundreds of these Ring billed gulls at the refuge. They contrast nicely with the charred reeds. _JLS2113b

Still gorgeous
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Oh so many gulls… though most were Ring billed, a few were Bonapart’s. There were even a few Caspian terns mixed into the white bird bonanza. In this photo they are all Ring bills._JLS2142

Flight
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I am looking forward to seeing how this refuge greens up in the spring. _JLS2183b

This is just cleaning the slate for new abundance.
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I am fascinated by the many faces and phases of this refuge. I’m planning on coming back in November. — Jenny


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