Rio Grande Birds, 2/ 10/16

It was a warm afternoon, and the usual culprits were out and about.


Bald eagle in a juniper snag, across the river from the Rio Bravo CG, in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, NM


Canada geese, in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, NM


Canada geese, in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, NM


A flotilla of Canada geese, in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, NM. They may be common, but they are elegant birds, nevertheless. And they are easily approached and photographed.


A male Common goldeneye and a male mallard keep company with the geese. The goldeneye is more relaxed when around the geese, allowing a closer approach. Here, the goldeneye is vocalizing, which appears to be part of a courtship display.


This also appears to be part of the goldeneye courtship display


Male Common goldeneye


Male Common merganser. These guys don’t usually give me an opportunity to photograph them, most often moving out as I approach.



On this particular afternoon, I drove upstream to the foot of Taos Junction Rapid, which ends the Taos Box run. There, across the river, I spotted a sculpted basalt boulder that I had never taken note of before.


As I was returning downstream, I spotted a beaver swimming across the river toward me. He (or she) then dove. I stopped and hopped out, hoping to see the beaver come to the surface. Instead, I saw the beaver swim under water to the far shore, eventually to surface amidst floating reeds and grass. The beaver is seen here in the dead center of the photo.

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: I have also published two additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: 2. Coyote Buttes:
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