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Wenas Canyon & Eastern Washington Workshop Report

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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 #15

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Memorial Day Weekend means go east for those of us who live in western Washington. The Old Vantage Highway, Wenas/Umptanum Roads all are at their best on this last weekend of May.  

Male Western Bluebird feeding the female.

Male Western Bluebird feeding the female.

As soon as the male was headed back to the nest box with food, the female jumped out and sat on the wire, begging for food in the same manner as most juvenile birds do.  I'd never seen this behavior from the females.

Silhouette of a pair of Western Bluebirds.

Silhouette of a pair of Western Bluebirds.

Here the male is again feeding the female. They were in the shade so I just made the image a silhouette.

Sage Thrasher

Sage Thrasher

Common and very vocal this time of year in the right habitat. On the Old Vantage Highway.

House Wren singing.

House Wren singing.

Brewer's Sparrow

Brewer's Sparrow

Although we were looking for the Sage Sparrow near where we had the Sage Thrasher, we found several Brewer's Sparrows instead.

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

This Barn Swallow has some white feathers on it's back.

Redhead

Redhead

Redheads are very shy and it's difficult to get a close image of them.

Mountain Bluebirds at thier nestbox.

Mountain Bluebirds at thier nestbox.

Enjoy!

Thanks

Tim

Birding/Photo Project 2013

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Sage Sparrow singing at Quilomene Wildlife Area, Old Vantage Highway, WA.
Sage Sparrow singing at Quilomene Wildlife Area, Old Vantage Highway, WA.

Yesterday I was in Eastern Washington and  made a few stops on the Old Vantage Highway.  Within a couple hundred yards of the highway I found this Sage Sparrow singing non-stop.

Male Mountain Bluebird landing on a fence, Old Vantage Highway.
Male Mountain Bluebird landing on a fence, Old Vantage Highway.

Off the dirt road at the Quilomene Wildlife Area entrance, there is a nesting pair of Mountain Bluebirds.  I like this image because it seems like he's about to crash into the fence post.

Sage Thrasher, Old Vantage Highway.
Sage Thrasher, Old Vantage Highway.

There were a few Sage Thrashers around, but they were not as vocal, and a bit shy about getting their picture taken.

California Quail Ginkgo State Park, Wa.
California Quail Ginkgo State Park, Wa.

At the Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Center a pair of California Quail were milling around.  This is the  male, as he walks away from me.

Just taking a break on the wire.
Just taking a break on the wire.

I did a quick drive through the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge and found a pair of Northern Rough-winged Swallows.

He's looking around to find the other male Red-winged Blackbird singing in the area.
He's looking around to find the other male Red-winged Blackbird singing in the area.

Red-winged Blackbirds are starting to call and defend their territory, this one was in the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.

Male Mountain Bluebird

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Male Mountain Bluebird

The turquoise blue of the male Mountain Bluebird is a pretty cool indicator that spring is here in Washington. This image was taken a couple of weeks ago, but the dual stretching behavior, tail and wing stretch along with the spectacular color made me revisit it and thus, to post it. Taken with a Canon 7D, 600mm lens, 1.4 extender, 25 mm extension tube.