Amargosa River Wetlands

Lots of nice intersecting triangular shapes in the landscape and mountains around the Amargosa River wetlands, Shoshone, California; February 2022.

During our stay in Shoshone for our 2nd Death Valley Trip, at the end of February, we took a walk at the Amargosa River wetlands area. Now one has to consider the general desert environment to set the right expectations and not jump to immediate conclusions when thinking of “wetlands” here. :) If I’d apply my old German standards for the word “river” and “wetland”, this body of water would barely qualify as a small creek! :)

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More White Pelicans

Pod of American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) standing & preening in shallow water at Lake Hodges, California

The American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, which means “red-billed pelican”) is a winter visitor to Southern California (they breed in interior North America) and I think they’re funny, goofy and weirdly cute birds (perhaps seeing the cute in weirdness is something that comes with age, I don’t know).

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Chasing Swifts & House Martins

"A Swift Escape" (from the camera) — Common Swift (Apus apus) over water // Mauersegler über dem Wasser der Alz bei Hohenwart, Bayern, Deutschland. 2010.

When I recently read The Mysterious Life of Birds Who Never Come Down (Vesper Flights), about the Common Swifts (Apus apus) — which is enjoyable for its beautiful writing alone — I was reminded of some early and naive attempts to photograph these birds together with some Common House Martins (Delichon urbicum) while on a nature walk in May 2010, along the river Alz in Bavaria, Germany.

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