Antelope Island and Bear River NWR

I had been keeping lists since the early 90’s and was never satisfied with my Chukar entry on my list and since both Chris and I needed a Chukar for our year lists, off we went to Antelope Island.

Antelope Island never disappoints, there may have been half a million phalaropes on what little water there was, feeding on a fly hatch.  Every inch of shoreline was occupied by thousands of Franklin Gull’s feeding on the same flies.

Red-necked Phalarope

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As soon as I set up my scope to look over the water, I heard Chris say he had a Chukar in his scope.

Chukar

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Driving the circuit there were many free ranging animals to see…

Mule Deer

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Bison

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Pronghorn Antelope

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A very cooperative Rock Wren, my best photo to date.

RockWren

Lots of Swallows suffering in the 106 F degree temperatures

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I didn’t find many insects but Western Meadowhawk’s were numerous

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On our way out we came across a young pheasant

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It was time to move northward towards Bear River Wildlife Refuge.  We both needed Grebes for our list and we hoped we’d see Western Grebes and maybe a Clarke’s Grebe.  Were we in for a surprise….there must have been at least 400-500 of both species in the water.  Some as close as 5 feet off shore and many still had young of various ages.

Clarke’s Grebe – Western Grebe Comparision

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Clarke’s Grebe

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Western Grebe

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It was so much fun photographing these birds at such close range.

Many other species could be found at this Wildlife Reserve.

American Crows

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Black-necked Stilt

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With Young

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Young American Coot

JuvenileCoot2016

Long Billed Dowitcher

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Marbled Godwits

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Northern Harriers

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Ring-billed Gull

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Ruddy Duck

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Sage Thrasher

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Sandhill Crane

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White Pelican

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I will visit this Wildlife Refuge again, what an awesome place.

Ciao for now

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to Antelope Island and Bear River NWR

  1. Cindy says:

    Another fascinating adventure! I admire your climbing efforts and glad that the second trip was successful. Thanks for sharing, Paul!

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