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Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bird Quest 2014 #17

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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

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.