I'd like you to meet Mommy Bird. She and I have been becoming good friends. She spends long hours nesting under my covered patio. Sitting like a queen, warm and dry during passing showers, she's safe from predators who are more scared of us than she is.
At first she was wary, holding perfectly still in her nest. Only coming and going when we weren't looking, she would fly away when we were busy in the back yard.
But now we have trust, and she's decided it's okay to stay in her nest knowing we won't approach her. If I come outside when she's away, she always returns shortly. At first she would chirp at me, telling me she wanted to go back to her nest. But now she sometimes dares to approach the nest even when I'm between them.
I'm so grateful Mommy Bird picked us and trusts us. She's such a beautiful creature, and I can't wait until her eggs hatch any day now.
Daddy Bird shows up every now and again. He's never squawked at us, so I hope he trusts us too!
Just went on a quick stroll with my family and found these two Desert Tortoises. I thought it was combat but my friend @cameron.rognan says one may be a female. Pretty interesting situation in any case. The first photo is “in situ,” and the second is how they were when I checked on them a few minutes later.
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
I don't now who was responsible for naming any Tern "common," there are many: Royal Tern, Elegant Tern… Terns are anything but common. Listed as “climate threatened” by Audubon, this aerial acrobat performs amazing and elegant aerial feats. They are fast, they "kite" to watch for prey, they dive into the water and rise successfully with a meal with regularity. They will even contort their bodies in mid-air to keep an eye on their prey below. Small fish are turned in their beak while in flight so that it can be swallowed whole. Occasionally, the fish will be flipped in the air by the bird while in flight in an attempt to properly reorient the fish so it can be swallowed. #boucherphotographie#daveboucher#audubon#audubonsociety#nikonnofilter#nikonphotography#ornithology#ornithologyphotography#forsterterns#birds#utahwildlife