March 12, 2015
My new lens is a Tamron 150-600mm. It's big and heavy, but boy can it zoom! Joe included a mono-pole for stability and a padded case.
|Silverbell Lake at Christopher Columbus Park|
We didn't waste anytime heading to Silverbell Lake where Greg and Guillermo said the herons were nesting.
This area is near the Sweetwater Wetlands which is a man-made wetlands that uses recycled treated water to keep the wetlands thriving. I found out today this is one of the top birdwatching spots in Tucson.
Most breeding colonies are located with-in 2-4 miles of feeding areas...isolated in swamps or on an island like the one here at Silverbell Lake...how on earth did herons find Tucson and choose to nest here?
There are 3 birds in this photo...the one sitting on the nest is in the middle and barely seen. At first I thought maybe it was feeding time...
I did read about a nest relief ceremony in which the birds erect their plumes and "clapper" their bill tips...
And that is what I called "changing of the guard".
I could have spent the whole day watching!
The lake was full of coots and ducks...
...and the trees were full of birds too.
Until next time, take care and...