|Bison at Antelope Island State Park|
Helping us find this bird was none other than Mia McPherson. She is one of the best wildlife photographers out there. And it turns out that she's also a wonderful person to get to know! Our main target was the exploration of Antelope Island State Park near Salt Lake City. It's located within the glassy waters of the Great Salt Lake.
|Thousands of American Avocets hang out near the causeway|
|Western Meadowlark near the empty piers|
|Phalaropes fly over our heads from out of nowhere!|
Several moments later, I heard "different" birds making an unusual chatty sound nearby the visitor center. My eyes focused on the various rock outcroppings and boulders in the area. And then......
......it happened! I saw Chukars sitting on top of rocks. And not just one or two but MANY! I quietly walked down the path and turned the corner of a large boulder. As I did, a pair of Chukars faced me only several feet away. And in that moment of quiet, we watched each other carefully.
We stopped along the way investigating unusual habitat on the island. At this particular stop(below), Mia showed us an older Black-billed Magpie nest. This dome creation is a piece of art!
At one point, I had my window open and almost fell asleep. I was SO relaxed. The urban sprawl of Salt Lake City stopped at the the entrance to the causeway. And the island was a sanctuary of peaceful thoughts.
The golden browns of the landscape can make bird spotting a challenge. Take for example this Wilson's Snipe below. Mia spotted the bird along a riparian area and it took me several minutes to find her snipe!!! It was only a couple feet away from my face! Camouflage!
I'd like to thank Mia for her friendship and also for her time showing us around the natural spaces of Salt Lake City. I will never forget this trip out to Antelope Island.