08/24/2013

We were woke up early by the lightning on Saturday morning and decided to make a trip to the Gilbert Riparian Preserve. The Preserve is located at 2757 E. Guadalupe Road in Gilbert (see map at bottom of post). We arrived a little before 7:00am, and the weather was better than it had been earlier in the week (not so &#%!@ hot!). While there we saw a wide selection of wildlife. Including egrets, starlings, hummingbirds, geese, ducks, stilts, dragonflies and rabbits.  Below is a photo of a very cooperative egret near Pond #6. My wife spotted the Egret up in a tree while I was busy capturing an up close macro shot of a dragonfly. A quick lens change was called for! The morning light falling on the Egret was a great bonus.

Egret In Morning Light From Riparian Preserve At Water Ranch

Egret In Morning Light

Here is a capture of a dragonfly, they were everywhere.

Dragonfly Hanging On From Riparian Preserve At Water Ranch

Dragonfly Hanging On

We were also lucky enough to see a geese fly-by while at the Riparian Preserve At Water Ranch.

Geese In Flight Over The Preserve From Riparian Preserve At Water Ranch

Geese In Flight Over The Preserve

The preserve contains trails, a Ethnobotanical Garden, 7 ponds and the Water Ranch Lake. Several of the ponds are currently dry or very low.  The photo of the Black Necked Stilt was captured at Pond #7.

Showy Stilt Display From Riparian Preserve At Water Ranch

Showy Stilt Display

A Starling was busy talking in a tree located in the Ethnobotanical Garden, which is also located at the Riparian Preserve. Starlings have diverse and complex vocalizations. They have been known to embed sounds from their surroundings into their own calls, including car alarms, and human speech patterns.

Something To Say From Riparian Preserve At Water Ranch

Something To Say

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