Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Standing Still

Male Gambel's Quail

Prescott’s parks are open on Wednesdays with no fees.  Today we took advantage of this and went to Watson Lake and Willow Lake.  It has rained a lot here and we were expecting normal to high water in the lakes but we found low water levels.  The bird populations were reduced also. 
Willow Lake - low water - great reflection!
If we had not stopped and really looked we would have missed lots of action.  I found myself thinking, “here I have my camera but not much picture material”.  That’s when I remembered to stand still and really look.  All at once two groups of Canada Geese flew from Watson Lake into Willow Lake while I was standing still.  
Canada Geese Flying In
The Mallards and the Grebes were swimming with their babes.   The Cormorants were sunning and drying their feathers.
Mom Grebe and Babe
We had our scope and found lots of Red-winged Blackbirds mixed with Yellow-headed Blackbirds.  Those Yellow-heads would make anyone become a birder!  At first I saw none and then as they flew up and over to the next green area, there were dozens.  They settled again sinking back into the plants. 
And at my feet there were several mayflies and butterflies, an iridescent bug, a couple of tiny bees flitting on a plant and a lizard basking on a rock.  
When I remember to stand still, I find so much photographic material and am amazed at the variety nature presents. 







Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Standing Still

Male Gambel's Quail

Prescott’s parks are open on Wednesdays with no fees.  Today we took advantage of this and went to Watson Lake and Willow Lake.  It has rained a lot here and we were expecting normal to high water in the lakes but we found low water levels.  The bird populations were reduced also. 
Willow Lake - low water - great reflection!
If we had not stopped and really looked we would have missed lots of action.  I found myself thinking, “here I have my camera but not much picture material”.  That’s when I remembered to stand still and really look.  All at once two groups of Canada Geese flew from Watson Lake into Willow Lake while I was standing still.  
Canada Geese Flying In
The Mallards and the Grebes were swimming with their babes.   The Cormorants were sunning and drying their feathers.
Mom Grebe and Babe
We had our scope and found lots of Red-winged Blackbirds mixed with Yellow-headed Blackbirds.  Those Yellow-heads would make anyone become a birder!  At first I saw none and then as they flew up and over to the next green area, there were dozens.  They settled again sinking back into the plants. 
And at my feet there were several mayflies and butterflies, an iridescent bug, a couple of tiny bees flitting on a plant and a lizard basking on a rock.  
When I remember to stand still, I find so much photographic material and am amazed at the variety nature presents.