Bird Photography Weekly

black-necked stilt

This picture is a few years old and was taken at a sewage treatment plant–one of my favorite places to bird.  It’s true.  Have you tried it?

I have 2 favorite ones.  The first time I was ever at a sewage treatment facility it was at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve in Nevada, outside of Las Vegas.  It was amazing.  If you are ever near Vegas, you gotta go there!  The second time was at the Port Aransas Birding Center in Port Aransas, Texas.  This picture was taken there.

I almost always find something interesting at a sewage treatment plant.  Um, other than what you would expect.  To see other interesting birds check out what is going on at BirdFreak this week.

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8 responses to “Bird Photography Weekly

  1. We have a place very similar to Henderson here in the metro Phoenix area–the Gilbert Riparian Institute (more commonly known as the Water Ranch). It’s amazing how many different types of wildlife show up there.

  2. No doubt anyone hanging around a sewage treatment plant “for fun” would be at least as interesting as any bird you might find there….

  3. Your photo makes it easy to see where the name “stilt” comes from. And yes, water treatment plants are great birding spots, as are dumps. I’ve been trying to talk my husband into a trip to Brownsville for years.

  4. Great picture of the stilt. Really clear and crisp. What a nice looking bird. I just discovered a water treatment plant (not quite as fun to talk about as a sewage plant, though) that has a great collection of birds. I need to spend more time there.

  5. Nice photo. I had the pleasure of seeing a couple of these fun “ballerina-like” birds in Port Aransas, TX a few years ago. It is so much fun to visit a wintering area along the coast.

  6. Thanks for the tip about water treatment plants – I never would have guess that they would be good birdwatching sites. I am headed to Las Vegas in January…can’t wait to tell my family that I want to visit the sewage plant instead of the strip!

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  8. Nice picture of this stilt. I’ve been to the Port Aransas Birding Center many times. I love going there, but on a hot day, make sure you stand downwind!! 🙂 Paradise Pond, also in Port A is kind of hidden behind a restaurant,complete with blackboard and bird check-off list. Many varieties of warblers and woodpeckers can be seen there, and of course the herons, egrets and ducks, too. Another good “stinky” place to go is Hornsby Bend in the Austin, TX area. If I remember correctly, this is a sludge treatment facility. There are so many birds ranging froms hawks and sandhill cranes to waterfowl, bluejays and cardinals to american pipits and ruby crowned kinglets. Very nice place with many different ‘ponds’ and walking trails. If you’re ever back in the South Texas area, Aransas National Wildlife refuge is a must. My fiance’ and I went last February and actually got to see some whooping cranes along with many other varieties of birds and animals. Enjoyed the picture and thanks for sharing!! 🙂

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