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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

Bird Quest 2014 #13

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Glaucous Gull at Ocean Shores.
Glaucous Gull at Ocean Shores.

Glaucous Gull at Ocean Shores.  During the Grays harbor Shorebird Festival I heard there was a Glaucous Gull on the beach , but I couldn't find it.  There were lots of Western/Glaucous-winged hybrids around which didn't make it easy.  Finally after a couple of tries I found the bird a mile away from where it was the weekend before.

Great Horned Owl at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.
Great Horned Owl at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

Nisqually is famous for it's family of Great Horned Owls that can be seen on the nest in the winter months.  Usually when the trees leaf-out, the owls are tough to find.  If a refuge volunteer hadn't pointed it out I don't think I would have found it.  This is a heavily cropped image, even with a 600 mm lens the bird was small in the frame.

Common Yellowthroat at Samamish State Park.
Common Yellowthroat at Samamish State Park.

Often heard but rarely seen around the lakes and wetlands of the Northwest,  I was able to get this shot of a Common Yellowthroat on a wetland trail at Lake Samamish State Park.

Enjoy!

Thanks

Tim

More SE Arizona Images

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Desert birds amaze me, some are so bright and bold in their coloration and yet others are so well camouflaged. This post has some of the more camouflaged winter residents of SE Arizona. The first set of images is from The Pond at Elephant Head.  

Greater Roadrunner on a Saguaro cactus stump.

Greater Roadrunner on a Saguaro cactus stump.

Cactus Wren searching for food.

Cactus Wren searching for food.

Mourning Dove in early morning light.

Mourning Dove in early morning light.

Canyon Towhee

Canyon Towhee

Brewer's Sparrow on a perch.

Brewer's Sparrow on a perch.

Gambel's Quail.

Gambel's Quail.

The ubiquitous, non-native species House Wren is even in the desert.

The ubiquitous, non-native species House Wren is even in the desert.

Rufous-winged Sparrow, seems plain until it flys, then it has rufous colored coverts.

Rufous-winged Sparrow, seems plain until it flys, then it has rufous colored coverts.

These next two images are from Gene Reid Park Park in Tucson.  It's a lot easier to get close to Canvasback and Redhead ducks when they aren't being hunted.

Canvasback aren't as shy in this wintering location.

Canvasback aren't as shy in this wintering location.

Redheads are shy but very beautiful birds. One of my favorite ducks.

Redheads are shy but very beautiful birds. One of my favorite ducks.

The next three images are captive birds of prey from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Ferruginous Hawks are one of the largest hawks of North America.

Ferruginous Hawks are one of the largest hawks of North America.

Prairie Falcon on the verge of taking flight.

Prairie Falcon on the verge of taking flight.

A Great Horned Owl taking off from a perch at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

A Great Horned Owl taking off from a perch at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.