I headed out to Cherry Creek yesterday after work. First time I’d really had a chance in the last couple of weeks. I had originally planned to photograph wildlife at sunset, however I noticed a fairly large flock of Snowy Egrets hanging out in the treetops. I’d never seen anything like it before…usually the Snowys are fairly well hidden, mostly solitary, and require a bit of hunting to find. While walking around the Cottonwood Creek area (which is right next to the large fields of grass and cattail where the deer tend to come out at night), I apparently encroached upon the territory of a rather protective little Spotted Sandpiper. Given the specific call pattern, I believe it was trying to protect it’s nest (something I hope to get a glimpse of today, and maybe some eggs or babies.) This tiny little sandpiper was incredibly brave, and often came within 10 feet…too close to even photograph.
Depending on which direction I moved, and how far, I was able to narrow down exactly what his territory was. He would fly a certain direction and out a certain distance, I assume in order to “draw me off” or “distract” me. After a bit of trial and error, I managed to “train” the persistent little guy to move to exactly where I wanted him, resulting in some wonderful shots of him standing on these vibrant green mats of some kind of aquatic moss in the last bits of daylight. I’ll be posting those photos in the next gallery.