A Lifer! My face has melted!
This morning while looking for Long-billed Curlews on Antelope Island State Park I spotted a bird in the distance and put my lens on it. If I had been in a position to fall out of a chair I would have but the truck door kept me from doing so. What I saw through my lens was a Mountain Plover, a bird I have long dreamed of seeing. A rarity here in Utah. My jaw dropped and as we drove over to get closer I held my breath hoping it wouldn’t fly away.
It didn’t and as we pulled close enough to get images I spotted another plover. I had to remind myself to breathe.
After trying to call my friend Shyloh to let him know about the bird and failing because my cell signal stank I was able to get an email sent to UBIRD (a bird list) telling everyone who follows the list about the Plovers.
We spent from 8:20 am to 10:01 am with those birds. I’m still smiling so hard it hurts, not only did I get to see them but I took hundreds of high quality images too.
I’m blown away by how beautiful Mountain Plovers are in person. Blown away.