Saturday, January 11, 2014

Snowy Egret


I had to drive to Gilbert (a city on the far southeast side of the Phoenix metropolitan area) on Friday for an appointment so I took the opportunity to visit a park I've been hearing about.  The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is so much more that a park.  There are a total of 8 wetlands areas, many bird blinds, an  observatory, picnic areas, walking and running paths, fishing spots, playground and probably a lot more that I missed.  I walked around at least 4 of the wetlands and I saw many birds including this gorgeous snowy egret.  In the photo above he's beautifully reflected in the water.


In this photo, he strolled over closer to me giving me a chance to get an up-close shot.  I'll have to make a trip out there again one of these days even if it is some 30 miles away across city traffic.

16 comments:

Andy said...

Excellent photos. How do they keep themselves so clean?

Karl Demetz said...

Great photos, especially the 2nd one!

Birdman said...

Now, that's some snow I can take. Thanks!

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Thérèse said...

So beautiful!
My favorite place around Phoenix.

Thérèse said...

Do you know they have "bird walks?"

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This does not look at all like what one would expect to see in the middle of the desert.

It was a treat to join you and David for dinner after the Symphony last night.

Judy said...

What a beautiful bird! Where does the water come from?

RedPat said...

Such a majestic creature. Great shots, Sharon!

Jack said...

Nice photos, Sharon, especially the close-up. I see these birds all the time in southwest Florida.

Randy said...

Love that profile shot.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Super shots Sharon, love it when photographic subjects are so obliging :)

llandudnopictures said...

Beautiful bird and photos, two for the price of one in your first shot!

Aussie in France said...

Stunning photos. You must have a lot of patience.

JM said...

Terrific shot of this beautiful bird at the bottom.

William Kendall said...

Those are lovely shots!