We went expecting to find a bear wildlife reserve but instead found marshland. Renee was disappointed but I’d got a thirst for bird photography while in Yellowstone National Park so had fun in our brief drive around the sanctuary. I attempted to photograph everything that moved; and if a bird didn’t move on its own free will I chased it. Sound bad? I agree, but apparently America allows hunting in its wildlife sanctuaries (Yes, it is odd to call them ‘sanctuaries’) so I was doing the birds a favour by giving them a safe taste of human brutality.
Stalked this duck along the riverbank for a while getting close before it spotted me and took to flight; I made a quick dash towards it and captured this photograph along with a series of others as it took to flight away from me.
While I was stalking the wildlife and snapping pictures happily Renee drove the van to catch me up and stayed inside to hide from all the flying bugs that wetlands seem to attract.
This would be my favourite photograph from the wetlands and among my favourite from our trip. I love the symmetry of the ducks wake and how it points to the snow capped mountains in the distance.
Renee actually took this photo from a lakeside (Bear Lake) marina after we left the reserve. On our trip we took a lot of photos and many were not in significant places which I have content to write a full blog post on so the photos either end up not included or slotted in elsewhere.
The tranquil marshlands of the wildlife refuge.