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Ring-necked Pheasant

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

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (Photo Big Year?)

Bird PhotographyTim BoyerComment

Some people think I'm crazy, but I keep going back to Malheur. It's one of several places that I feel a deep connection.  Part of it is the wide open spaces, with the expansive sky, anchored by the Steen Mountains to the south.  It's also the birds, some times there is a multitude of birds that boggles the mind, and others it's just one bird that allows a close view or shows a unique behavior.  Last year I saw more baby shorebirds then I ever imagined I could, this year it was one stunning Common Nighthawk, and a Tree Swallow, each making the morning a special memory.  Both making me stop and wonder and be in awe of them for awhile.  Malheur is a landscape that makes me step back, re-focus and try to be more creative, to wonder and be in awe of just about everything.  It's about wonder and birds,  and I try to forget about the mosquitoes!  

Common Nighthawk balancing on a wire.
Common Nighthawk balancing on a wire.
Tree Swallow taking a morning rest.
Tree Swallow taking a morning rest.
Wilson's Snipe stretching its wings.
Wilson's Snipe stretching its wings.
Western Meadowlark singing.
Western Meadowlark singing.
American Avocet feeding.
American Avocet feeding.
Wilson's Phalarope searching for food to pick off the waters surface.
Wilson's Phalarope searching for food to pick off the waters surface.
Ring-necked Pheasant walking back nto the cover of grasses.
Ring-necked Pheasant walking back nto the cover of grasses.
Brewer's Blackbird.
Brewer's Blackbird.
Cliff Swallow feeding its young a dragonfly.
Cliff Swallow feeding its young a dragonfly.
White-faced Ibis feeding.
White-faced Ibis feeding.
Yellow-headed Blackbird calling.
Yellow-headed Blackbird calling.