It appears that you are currently using Ad Blocking software. What are the consequences? Click here to learn more.
Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Alamosa NWR

August 31st, 2011 · 2 Comments

Print This Post Print This Post
Advertisment


My second visit last week to the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge took be beyond the auto tour route to the Rio Grande Walking Trail. The trail runs for two miles along the river.

The Rio Grande

The Rio Grande

Click on the picture above to enlarge

Near the end of the trail I came across two beautiful flowers that I don’t remember ever seeing before.

A Yellow Flower

A Yellow Flower

Click on the picture above to enlarge

A Red Flower

A Red Flower

Click on the picture above to enlarge

Along the trail and the river I also found birds. One of my favorites was this Marsh Wren, because it looks so well fed. I was just reading a diet book last night that says except to prepare for hiberation, no birds are fat. I guess he has never seen this one:

A Marsh Wren

A Marsh Wren

Click on the picture above to enlarge

The plover below is a Killdeer. That’s the call it makes — in the imagination of some people.

A Killdeer

A Killdeer

Click on the picture above to enlarge

After a wonderful walk among the birds and the flowers — and no other people — I left the refuge when the sun was high and harsh at about 10 a.m. I didn’t have any expectations as I drove back to the motel in Alamosa where I stayed. But driving along the dirt road just north of the refuge I looked up at the telephone poll and saw a distinctive shape.

It was a a Swainson’s Hawk and it was calling to its mate. You can hear an example of this call here.

A Hawk Calls

A Hawk Calls

Click on the picture above to enlarge

This sighting completed my trip. At this point I was satisfied to return home.

Share

Posted in: Photography

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MNJo // Sep 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

    My husband and I stayed at the Alamosa KOA three nights last summer during our Colorado scenic trains tour. It is such an amazing area which I hear many out of state tourists miss. I can’t wait to go back again some day.

  • 2 kathy // Sep 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    the picture of the marsh wren is excellent in detail .. pretty amazing camera!

Leave a Comment