Monday, June 28, 2010

A Lone Phalarope and a Mountain


Oh hey lookit that. It's a Wilson's Phalarope. That's pretty cool, wasn't expecting to find this gal hanging around. She was at one of our sites and let me snag a few photos of her good lookin' self.. This (Sierra Nevada) is the edge of their range, so she was a pretty good find. Hopefully a male will come along to keep her company...
The shots below are from a field site south of Tahoe - Red Lake Peak. Uh, so, it's a pretty nice spot, but no Willow Flycatchers :( However, Zac and I were pretty sure we heard what sounded like a...wait for it, a PIKA! The peak does get up to 10,000 feet and we were at about 7500-8500, so it's about the right elevation for the little guys. Outdoor Wednesday Nature Notes

31 comments:

Carver said...

I've never been there but have a friend who lives near Tahoe and hope to visit one day. These shots are so beautiful and make me want to go even more. Wilson's Phalarope is a beautiful bird and I hope she gets a mate.

Harold Stiver said...

A gorgeous bird!! Great catch.

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful bird!

Kate said...

Ooooh! Pretty photos and cool bird, too. I know nothing about birds but I know a cool one when I see it! :))

I've skied, snowboarded, and hiked these areas around Tahoe. My grand plan, now, is to tackle some of this back country on horse back...

Dominic Gendron said...

Georgeous bird! The third one, with the reflection is perfect. The landscape's are very nice to ;)

Average Girl said...

lovely photos!

eileeninmd said...

Love the Phalarope, very pretty. Great photos, Jill!

Susan said...

Wilson's Phalarope is rather regal isn't it? Great photos all...

J Bar said...

great shots
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Greyscale Territory said...

Beautiful photos of each bird and those panoramic scene shots are stunning!

Atticmag said...

Such pretty birds. Tahoe is great too. Jane F.

LV said...

Thank you for sharing some of the pretty scenery there. I love it out there. All the times, I have been, do not recall seeing this little fellow.

Doro said...

What an interesting bird. With neck tucked, you would never suspect the grace that is evident when the head is held high. That's quite a beak too!

The mountains of course are beautiful.

Carolyn Ford said...

Oh, what a beautiful bird. I love the reflections in that calm and clear water. Gorgeous landscape of those mountains. Wow!

Becky K. said...

Lovely photos.
I could be quite happy there, I am sure.

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Luna Miranda said...

what gorgeous shots!

NatureFootstep said...

lol, what a great bird. I ould not mind having it around. BUT..........is it a male or female? Your writing is a bit confusing. (giggle)

cat said...

Your photos are always enjoyable to look at. You are one great nature photographer.

Johnny Nutcase said...

NatureFootstep - ha! I guess my edits didn't save when I fixed the he/she mix up. She's definitely a female sorry about the confusion :)

Thanks everyone!

A Hint of Home said...

That bird is sooo cute and the scenery is gorgeous.

Clytie said...

Beautiful awesome landscapes. But the little Phalarope steals the show! She's gorgeous!

Jan n Jer said...

Wonderful shots...love that beautiful water fowl.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow, what beautiful pictures!!! Thanks for sharing.

Jocelyn
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The Paint Splash said...

I enjoyed your photos. Great find on the bird. Debbie

Steve Borichevsky said...

Stunning!

Ann said...

Beautiful snow on the slopes. Makes me want to go to ours.

Denise said...

What gorgeous scenery Jill and also love the pictures of your bird.
An English Girl Rambles

MyMaracas said...

Gorgeous shots! I've never seen that bird before.

Marina Capano said...

just beautiful!!!

amazing bird!

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Squirrel said...

What a beautiful bird the Phalarope is! You've captured it wonderfully.

ramblingwoods.com said...

I saw a program on wildlife that talked about pika..and were they in trouble or am I getting them confused with most of the rest of the planet...beautiful bird, hope she does find a mate....things are better with a mate... Michelle