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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Blanca Wetland

August 30th, 2011 · 3 Comments

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The Blanca Wetlands are a little known area of wells, dikes, islands, ponds, and wet meadows just south of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in the San Luis Valley. This must be one of the few places that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has for the benefit of birds. I didn’t see another person or vehicle during my visit on Saturday afternoon.

Part of the Blanca Wetlands and the Sangre de Christo Mountains

Part of the Blanca Wetlands and the Sangre de Christo Mountains

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I also saw few birds. But I enjoyed watching this bird that I think is a Solitary Sandpiper. If it is, this bird is west of its normal migration path.

Hunting in the Wetlands

Hunting in the Wetlands

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Food Found!

Food Found!

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Food Found!

Lunch!

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Fran Stearns // Sep 1, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    The last photo printed so well I’m going to try a w/c and title it ‘Solitary Sandpiper’. That’s a good way to find out if it is!

  • 2 David Mendosa // Sep 2, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Dear Fran,

    What is a w/c?

    David

  • 3 David Mendosa // Sep 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Off-line you told me the answer: watercolor. I’m glad that you can use my photo for your painting!

    David

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