This past weekend Bosque Bill and I decided to go to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. We had heard that the fall colors were beautiful and that winter migrants were beginning to arrive. We left town early and arrived at Bosque del Apache happily anticipating seeing gorgeous fall color and lovely birds.
When we arrived at the entrance, the attendant asked if we would like to have a copy of the new Habitat publication, which is the official yearly publication of Bosque del Apache that has maps and information about the wildlife refuge. I was trying to affix the pass to the windshield and handed the magazine to Bill without looking at it. Bill looked at the magazine and said, “That’s me!” And surely enough it was.
Earlier in the year Bill and I had taken a photo workshop at the wildlife refuge, and I had sent the some photos to the Executive Director of the Friends of the Bosque del Apache NWR. Imagine our surprise when we saw my photo of Bill right in the center of the cover.
We were pleased to discover that this publication would be used at Bosque del Apache during all of 2012.
This is the original of the photo:
You might also enjoy reading the blog post about our day with the Harris Hawks, Bosque Bill and the Bird.
We had a lovely day at the wildlife refuge, enjoying the spectacular scenery and photographing birds.
Later in the day, I was able to persuade Bill to pose with a copy of the magazine. You can see the man behind the camera!
We saw some lovely birds that day as well, which I will write about in a blog post later this week.
A short ten days ago I posted a piece called Watch This Space. If you follow the link, you will find tiny, newly hatched hummingbirds in the nest. I admit that I was negligent in following up on the chicks’ progress. Eleven days after I took those photos I had lunch with Jill, who mentioned that I should come by her house because the tiny birds were now about to fledge. I went to her house yesterday evening, and one of the chicks had already fledged, leaving one still in the nest. I was fortunate to get photos of the remaining chick.
Update: Jill called me today, August 18th, and said that she watched the chick fledge at about 10:00 a.m. today.
Yesterday I posted photos of individual hummingbirds at Sandia Crest. Those photos, however, do not begin to show the large numbers of hummingbirds that were at the feeders. Here are a few group photos:
I took this short video of the hummingbirds skirmishes at the feeders. I hope you enjoy it.
I hope to do one more blog post on this trip to Sandia Crest which will show the lovely scenery and views from the area.
Update: I have posted photos and commentary on my walk up to Sandia Crest on my Photo Flurries blog.
Recently Bosque Bill and I drove to Sandia Crest to enjoy the scenery, the wildflowers and the birds that are in the area. Sandia Crest rises to 10,600 feet above the Rio Grande Valley below, and it is an easy one-hour drive from my house in Corrales. There were fewer wildflowers than we saw last year, undoubtedly because of the lack of rainfall. The hummingbirds, however, were out in force. There were Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Rufous Hummingbirds and a Calliope or two, although I did not get any photos of the Calliopes. Almost all of the birds that we saw were females. The males have probably already begun their migration south.
These single photos do not begin to show the numbers of birds at the feeders and how active the birds are. I will show those in my next post.
My friend Jill called me this weekend to say that she has a hummingbird nest with baby hummingbirds at her house. I went over to see them and found the nest in a Chinese pistache tree. The nest is a bit smaller than a golf ball.
A closer look revealed two tiny hummingbird chicks in the nest.
On the way home I saw these beautiful lilies. They have nothing to do with a post about hummingbird chicks, but they were lovely!
If the hummingbird chicks thrive I will be posting periodic updates of their progress. Watch this space.