Tim Boyer Photography

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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (Photo Big Year?)

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer

Some people think I'm crazy, but I keep going back to Malheur. It's one of several places that I feel a deep connection.  Part of it is the wide open spaces, with the expansive sky, anchored by the Steen Mountains to the south.  It's also the birds, some times there is a multitude of birds that boggles the mind, and others it's just one bird that allows a close view or shows a unique behavior.  Last year I saw more baby shorebirds then I ever imagined I could, this year it was one stunning Common Nighthawk, and a Tree Swallow, each making the morning a special memory.  Both making me stop and wonder and be in awe of them for awhile.  Malheur is a landscape that makes me step back, re-focus and try to be more creative, to wonder and be in awe of just about everything.  It's about wonder and birds,  and I try to forget about the mosquitoes!  

Common Nighthawk balancing on a wire.
Common Nighthawk balancing on a wire.
Tree Swallow taking a morning rest.
Tree Swallow taking a morning rest.
Wilson's Snipe stretching its wings.
Wilson's Snipe stretching its wings.
Western Meadowlark singing.
Western Meadowlark singing.
American Avocet feeding.
American Avocet feeding.
Wilson's Phalarope searching for food to pick off the waters surface.
Wilson's Phalarope searching for food to pick off the waters surface.
Ring-necked Pheasant walking back nto the cover of grasses.
Ring-necked Pheasant walking back nto the cover of grasses.
Brewer's Blackbird.
Brewer's Blackbird.
Cliff Swallow feeding its young a dragonfly.
Cliff Swallow feeding its young a dragonfly.
White-faced Ibis feeding.
White-faced Ibis feeding.
Yellow-headed Blackbird calling.
Yellow-headed Blackbird calling.