Thursday, November 24, 2011
Salton Sea & the Desert
This salt flat with the Red Hill in the background is part of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge. This barren landscape four years earlier was inundated with water and today is a stark contrast to the nearby lush refuge food plots and impoundments. We spent hours from the Red Hill vantage point watching thousands of overhead migrating Snow and Ross's Geese, Sandhill Cranes, and Cattle Egrets settle into the refuge.
On one of our early morning forays, we encountered this 'grounded' Western Grebe. The bird strongly objected to the rescue attempt. The bird no doubt mistook the heat waves on the blacktop highway for water and made a hard landing. With it's rear 'mounted' legs it could not stand or run much less take flight, nor could it dodge the fast approaching trucks. The episode ended well with it's safe release into a nearby wetlands.
We are thankful to our Creator on this Thanksgiving Day (and everyday) for His handiwork, His blessings and His unmerited favor. May God richly bless you, Ty & Ida