Salt River Birds

On a recent visit to the Salt River, I was amazed by the amount of different species that the river sustains. The “snow” birds enjoying Arizona’s winter climate abound.

Salt River Banks

The shallow river had not yet received much of the recent mountain snow meltwater.

Eroded Roots

A few trees continue to hang on in spite of the erosion of the desert sand.

Fishing the Salt River

Although he enticed this fish, the fisherman was unsuccessful this time.

Cormorant fishing the Salt River

Perhaps this cormorant will have better luck.

Great Blue Heron

The great blue heron scans for a suitable spot to fish.

Bald Eagle

This bald eagle was also fishing from above.

Egret

Snowy or Great? I’m not sure which. Brian, my guide, alerted me that this egret was right over my head about 20 feet in the air. I was lucky the wind wasn’t blowing.

Brian’s Egret

Brian had an excellent view of this egret!

Egret in the shade

Only his head was bathed in sunshine.

Egret

This egret stood on a heavy branch about 6 feet above the river and watched the wild horses splashing themselves.

Where the wild horses graze
Gila Woodpecker

The woodpecker was swooping and diving for insects in the meadow.

Gila Woodpecker

Flight of the gila woodpecker.

Gila Woodpecker among the saguaros

It was an enjoyable afternoon with my guide, Brian, at the Salt River. We managed to find all these birds and wild horses on short hikes at Phon D Sutton, Coon Bluff and Goldfield Rec. Area, all just off the Bush Highway in Tonto National Forest, north of Apache Junction, Arizona.

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