In spite of the Black Swift fiasco all was not lost. While visiting the Alamosa NWR we were lucky enough to spot this cooperative American bittern. Unfortunatly, you do not always have control over the lighting quality and this bird was back-lit with rather harsh mid-morning sunlight. You have to get up very early in the morning in Colorado to get quality lighting for bird photography.
Click on the photo to see the large version and check out this birds foot. Scary!
1/400 sec, f7.1, +2/3 exposure compensation, iso 250, from car using bean bag
While leaving the Sand Dunes we came upon this Burrowing Owl. Again the angle of the sun was not optimal. I have been to the Sand Dunes many times and this is the first Burrowing Owl that I have seen in the area.
1/640 sec, f6.3, +1 exposure compensation, iso 250, from car using bean bag