Tim Boyer Photography

Small Groups, Cool Birds, Fun Locations

Bird Quest 2014 #11

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer

Surfing American White Pelicans -- something if asked I would say, I'd never see anything like that.  But, thanks to Ivar at the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society , I  saw it and got to photograph it!  I was in Kennewick giving my presentation on shorebirds and Ivar squired me around for a few hours the morning after the presentation.  A big thanks to him and the  wonderful  people in the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society.  

Surfing the flow at Wanawish Dam.
Surfing the flow at Wanawish Dam.

This  American White Pelican has the horn or plate on the bill that will be shed after the eggs are laid.  With a wing span of 108 inches these pelicans are  one of our largest birds in  North America.

Western Kngbird taking a rest inbetween singing its heart out.
Western Kngbird taking a rest inbetween singing its heart out.

This was only my second sighting of Western Kingbirds this year, the other was at 70 miles an hour on the freeway, so no pictures of that one. When I see Western Kingbirds, I always think of Kenn Kaufman since that was his nick name when he was doing his big year.

Common Raven soaring.
Common Raven soaring.

I thought this was an American Crow when I first took the image, but now I think the bill and tail indicate Common Raven.  (Let me know if anyone thinks otherwise.)

Male Cinnamon Teal, a little nervous of our walk by.
Male Cinnamon Teal, a little nervous of our walk by.

These are one of my favorite teal, I  love the color, and that bright red eye is just fantastic.

Again, thanks to Ivar for sharing his local birds, there would have been more but a cold front was moving through and the wind was a bit fierce  at times.

Enjoy!

Thanks

Tim

PS I'm at 52 birds photographed this year.