We spent a day on Antelope Island looking for birds and other wildlife. Antelope Island is the largest Island on the Great Salt Lake. The lake attracts millions of migrating birds each year. The island is also home to a herd of bison, pronghorn, mule deer, big horn sheep, coyotes, and bobcats. We managed to find a few bison and a small herd of pronghorn. It is a beautiful area, and I am looking forward to going back.
I have spent most of my life living in Utah, but never noticed the birds and wildlife. I was pleasantly surprised by the abundance of birds, especially hawks, that I was able to find. I am looking forward to going back in the summer. I took most of the bird photos in and near my parent's backyard.
I could not believe my luck when I happened to find a Northern Pygmy-Owl. It was icing on the cake to have been able to get decent photos of it. And if that was not enough, it caught and killed a vole while I was watching it. I feel like this was a once in a lifetime experience for me as these tiny owls are difficult to find. I took far too many photos.
The wet and dreary weather combined with short daylight hours has made it difficult to get out lately.
For the past two weeks we have had several short-eared owls spending time on the Mendenhall wetlands. The first week there appeared to be at least ten. This last weeks it seems as though most of them have moved on. I was only able to find two the last time I went looking for them. It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by these beautiful birds.
I happened upon Nicky and her cubs near the Mendenhall glacier again. They were very close to the trail, and once again seemed completely unfazed by the small crowd that had gathered to watch them.