Our eighth installment of our project, “It’s Beautiful Where We Live,” is the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert, just a 40 minute drive from us. It was created by the town to combine water resource management with wildlife habitat preservation, resulting in a place to enjoy the outdoors and avian wildlife. Not only is it a great place to walk around, but there are also approximately 300 species of birds to be watched and photographed. Very early this morning, while still pitch black, we made the short trek to Gilbert to photograph some birds.
As we have stated many times before, neither Kathryn nor I are avid birders. Little tweety birds are not our thing. But, when there is the opportunity to photograph larger birds, or colorful birds, we dive right in.The Water Ranch literature notes the possibility of seeing owls, hawks, and eagles. Pretty exciting, just what we were looking for! They also promise the possibility of seeing an “Olive-sided Flycatcher” – Nope, a “Plumbeous Vireo” – Nada, a “Long-billed Dowitcher” – Nihil, a “Hooded Merganser” – Nyet, a “Loggerhead Shrike” – Nein, a “Phainopepla” – Ochi, a “Pied-billed Grebe” – Loh.
Maybe they were all there. With my untrained eye (and lack of interest in tweety birds) I could not spot them. There were, however, many ducks, egrets, geese, and a surprise visit by a pelican. We did the best we could with our photography.
Although we didn’t get to see owls, falcons, hawks and eagles, we did have a great time walking around, practicing our wildlife photography. Not bad for living in a desert!
As we finished up our visit we came upon a cool looking tree. Immediately Kathryn and I were in our element – landscape photography where our subject stays put.Thank you for reading, and remember, it’s all about the light.
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