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! :)
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).
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.
Sometime in April, when I walked through the gate on the east side of the house to get from the front yard to the back yard, I scared off a bird that seemed to be sitting underneath some of the many spider plants that grow and pretty much take care of themselves there.