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Wenas Canyon & Eastern Washington Workshop Report

Bird PhotographyTim BoyerComment

Just a quick update on the Wenas Canyon Eastern Washington Photography Workshop.  Here are a few images from the last two days!  

First shot of the two-day workshop. Beautiful light on this Mourning Dove.

First shot of the two-day workshop. Beautiful light on this Mourning Dove.

Day one was all about Western & Mountain Bluebirds. This Mountain Bluebird was very attentive to the chicks in the nest box. He made about 3 times the trips with food than the female.

Day one was all about Western & Mountain Bluebirds. This Mountain Bluebird was very attentive to the chicks in the nest box. He made about 3 times the trips with food than the female.

This Black-headed Grosbeak was pretty far away, so I had to crop this image quite a bit.

This Black-headed Grosbeak was pretty far away, so I had to crop this image quite a bit.

Day two started out with Burrowing Owls and I love the attitude this one is giving us.

Day two started out with Burrowing Owls and I love the attitude this one is giving us.

Our second stop was the County Line Ponds near Othello. This Black-necked Stilt is in the process of landing.

Our second stop was the County Line Ponds near Othello. This Black-necked Stilt is in the process of landing.

Wilson's Phalarope at County Line Ponds. For some reason, there are no American Avocets at the ponds but there were more Wilson's Phalaropes then I've seen there before.

Wilson's Phalarope at County Line Ponds. For some reason, there are no American Avocets at the ponds but there were more Wilson's Phalaropes then I've seen there before.

Lark Sparrow at the Ginko State Park in Vantage. We saw several and some had food they were carrying to chicks.

Lark Sparrow at the Ginko State Park in Vantage. We saw several and some had food they were carrying to chicks.

Rock Wren not on rocks but at the base of one of the large trees in the park.

Rock Wren not on rocks but at the base of one of the large trees in the park.

It was a fun two-day bird photography workshop.  We had some birds we didn't expect (like Lark Sparrow) and missed some we thought we'd get (like American Avocet).  There were seven chicks at the Burrowing Owl nest site, with two adults for  nine total an all time high, so that was good to see since their overall population in the Columbia Basin is declining.

Enjoy!     Thanks    Tim

Bird Quest 2014 #17

Bird PhotographyTim BoyerComment

Last year it was about this time that I got so busy doing art shows that I thought I didn't have enough time to make new images and post them.  This year, I'm doing a few less shows and want to get out more.  So, I have two or three more posts from Central Oregon, and then I'll have some from the Oregon Coast. Most of the images today were taken during the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge/Central Oregon Photography Workshop I held last week.  These images are from the second and third days, and made with the Canon 5D Mark III and the 100 to 400 mm zoom lens, with a 1.4 Extender attached.

Great Egret, Benson Lake, Malheur NWR

Great Egret, Benson Lake, Malheur NWR

I like the Benson Pond area because the refuge rules let birders and photographers walk around a little.  And there are some  great woods that hold roosting Turkey Vultures, Egrets, and Great Horned Owls, and  other birds.  Don't miss the swallows, nighthawks, ibis, ducks, swans and sparrows that are there too!

Turksy Vulture soaring, Benson Lake, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Turksy Vulture soaring, Benson Lake, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Loggerhead Shrilke, Double O Road, near Malheur NWR

Loggerhead Shrilke, Double O Road, near Malheur NWR

The Double O Road had a little water this year, but it dried up fast.  Water that was several inches deep when I scouted, but was gone a couple of days later when I came back with the group.

Ring-necked Pheasant, Malheur NWR

Ring-necked Pheasant, Malheur NWR

Ring-necked Pheasant and Black-crowned Night-Heron are found by driving the refuge roads with the attitude, that you'll go out and see what's there.  Hardly ever is birding or photography a stake out at Malheur.

Black-crowned Night-Heron, Malheur NWR

Black-crowned Night-Heron, Malheur NWR

Bullock's Oriole, near Knox Pond, Malheur NWR

Bullock's Oriole, near Knox Pond, Malheur NWR

Savanna Sparrow, near P Ranch, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Savanna Sparrow, near P Ranch, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Malheur NWR

Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Malheur NWR

Lark Sparrows, Steens Mountain Road

Lark Sparrows, Steens Mountain Road

I don't think I've ever seen two at once!  I just wish they we're backlit. But, it was cool to see!

American Robin Wenas Canyon, WA

American Robin Wenas Canyon, WA

I forgot to post this with the other Wenas Canyon birds.  No disrespect intended, I like Robins, they're always doing something interesting, and their latin name is miss understood my many.

House Finch in the cherry tree, backyard, Renton, WA

House Finch in the cherry tree, backyard, Renton, WA

We have a couple of nice cherry trees in our backyard.  I like the cherries, but it's more fun for me to see what they'll bring in.  We added House Finch to our yard list this year, and right now there's two Northern Flickers, four Robins, and two Juncos.

(Just a side note if you're interested this makes 94 bird species photographed this year.)

Enjoy!

Thanks

Tim