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Malheur NWR What a Difference a Year Makes

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The expansive Malheur Lake at sunrise from The Narrows.
The expansive Malheur Lake at sunrise from The Narrows.

There's a drought in the West, some days it's not noticeable, but other times it just smacks you in the face -- there's no water here!  I had hoped to do some more landscape photography around Malheur and Mud Lake this year, but it didn't happen because of the massisve amount of water that just isn't there.

This is what Malheur Lake looked like last June, full of water, and here's what it looks like this June!

Lake Malheur from the Narrows June 2015
Lake Malheur from the Narrows June 2015

The photos can be deceiving though, it rained for 10 days straight before we got there so the desert was green with grasses, sage-brush and even flowering plants.  But it won't last, it was only a temporary splash of color on a stark barren landscape.

But,  where there's water -- yikes there's bugs - and where there's water & bugs, yep there are birds.  Here's a few of my favorite images for the three day photography workshop.

Beuna Vista Overlook
Beuna Vista Overlook
Common Nighhawk
Common Nighhawk
Young Burrowing Owls at teh nest.
Young Burrowing Owls at teh nest.
Great-horned Owl
Great-horned Owl
Young Great-horned Owl
Young Great-horned Owl
Common Nighthawk in evening light.
Common Nighthawk in evening light.

Despite the drought we had plenty of birds to photograph, Spotted Sandpipers, Yellow Warbles, Willow Flycatchers, Ravens, Franklin's Gulls, Sandhill Cranes, American Avocests, Black-necked Stilts, Wilson's Phalaropes, Bullock's Oriole, a pair of Greater Scaup, Killdeer, Ferruginous Hawks, and a lot of others.

Enjoy   Thanks   Tim