A Few Birds At Antelope Island

I was able to photograph a few of the birds on my visit to Antelope Island State Park in Utah. I wished I could have stayed longer and spent more time viewing and photographing the wide variety of birds this place has to offer. Bad weather was moving in and I needed to move on to a safer place. The main thing I enjoyed about photographing the birds that I did see was that you could count on a great perch with great backgrounds.

The Great Salt Lake and surrounding wetlands are home to over 250 species of birds and form a stop over on the Pacific Flyway between South and North America. Between four and six million birds nest and feed on the lake every year. The worlds largest populations of White-faced Ibis and California Gulls make their homes near the lake. A large population of Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets and newborn pelicans are also found on and near the Great Salt Lake. Many of the birds come to Antelope Island State Park to feed on the abundant quantities of Brine flies and Brine shrimp.

Western Meadowlark

A Western Meadowlark At Antelope Island State Park In Utah

Burrowing Owl

A Burrowing Owl at Antelope Island State Park

Ring-necked Pheasant

A Ring-necked Pheasant At Antelope Island State Park

Black-billed Magpie

A Black-billed Magpie At Antelope Island

Tree Swallow

A Tree Swallow On A Gate At Antelope Island State Park

California Gull

A California Gull At Antelope Island State Park

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7 Comments

  1. Matthew Harden May 9, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    I know this is going to sound really dumb, but it’s the greatest advice I have ever given… You should name the animals you take photos of. It will help us look forward to seeing photos of Little Bobby Booby and his friends. It sounds dumb, but it’s not. Trust me. Animal lovers only “like” animals without names. They love animals with them.

  2. Mello Mike May 9, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    Great shots, as usual, Steve!!!

  3. Steve Creek May 9, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    Thanks for the advice Matthew but I think I will pass.

  4. Kathy Detweiler May 9, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    I have a question, Steve. How long do you wait to get these shots? The other day I went looking for a Pileated Woodpecker and I did eventually find one and got a decent shot of him but it was after I had given up and was leaving the park. All of my shots are usually just lucky. :)

  5. Dawn Puliafico May 9, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    What a nice variety! I was hoping that you would include the birds that were on the bison. What are those?

  6. Steve Creek May 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Kathy, It depends on where I am but a lot of times I keep a faster pace than most people. I think wildlife know when you are sneaking through and area and will hide. I will walk through at a steady pace but when I hear or see something then I will freeze. I will then watch and see what it does. If it’s a bird I will watch to see if it goes to a nest. I do this until whatever it is leaves the area. I hope this helps and I also get lucky.

    The above photos were taken from my vehicle.

  7. Steve Creek May 9, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Dawn, I think that is a European Starling but I’m only guessing. It was to far for a good ID.

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