A few days ago , a friend and I ventured out to the Blackstrap Lake area, and also around part of Brightwater Marsh, which is now completely dry.
Here are some photos taken on that trip ...
Common Raven - These don't often sit still long enough for a photo, but this handsome bird did, well, maybe for one second longer than normal anyway. The wind was blowing and exposed some of his undercoat :
Purple Martin - It was a nice surprise to find this lone bird sitting on a fence wire at eye level and not 30ft up on the top of a pole :
Tree Swallow - I never get bored of the beautiful coloration on these little insect eaters :
Mink - Here's a good advertisment for survival of the fittest. This stunning streamlined predator made short work of dispatching the hapless Richardson's Ground Squirrel when it popped its head out of its burrow :