Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Archive for June, 2017

Posted in Woodpeckers on June 30, 2017

Dusty birdie in the middle of the road

While driving the 4-mile auto tour route at the Ridgefield NWR, June 28, 2017, I came upon a bird taking an extreme dust bath.  This Northern Flicker was really wanting to get dirty, burying its head in the dust, stopping to look up, and walking to another location, and repeatin ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on June 29, 2017

Windy Lookout

A resident Bald Eagle on a common perch tree at the Ridgefield NWR, June 28, 2017.  I placed my auto bean bag upside down on the hood of my truck with the camera/lens resting on top. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/2500, f5, ISO 200, 500mm, 5:29 p.m., 400+ feet Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on June 21, 2017

Attack from the Air

A Great Blue Heron was taking it easy but just a little too close to the Red-winged Blackbirds’ nest.  The birds dive-bombed the heron many times for quite a while and the heron wouldn’t move.  All the heron had to do was fly a little ways away and the blackbirds ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on June 20, 2017

Tucked away in the trees

A June 14, 2017, Great Horned Owl, tucked away in the trees but on a surprisingly low branch.  I could barely see her through the leaves. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/160, f4, ISO 640, 500mm, 1:17 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Thrushes, Blackbirds, Waxwings and midsized on June 17, 2017

Springtime Low Flyer

I spotted several Yellow-headed Blackbirds June 14, 2017, at the Ridgefield NWR.  Male, female, and juveniles were much more comfortable around the gravel road, often times landing on the road to forage.  Just a few weeks ago I was lucky to see them perched within 150 feet of t ... Continue Reading

Posted in Shorebirds on June 15, 2017

Sora Feeding Chick

A Sora and chick at lunch time.  Ridgefield NWR, June 14, 2017. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 800, 500mm, 2:29 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on June 6, 2017

Osprey in Song

This image was taken May 2, 2014, when I was visiting the Port of Ridgefield (Washington).  It was a great place to shoot an Osprey nest situated on a river piling.  Unfortunately, the piling was removed the next year.  This is a shot of one of the nesting Ospreys in a nearby ... Continue Reading

Posted in Thrushes, Blackbirds, Waxwings and midsized on June 2, 2017

Slim Pickings

Slim pickings at the quiet Ridgefield NWR, May 31, 2017.  This Cedar Waxwing was preening on this regal perch. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f5, ISO 250, 500mm, 11:53 a.m. Continue Reading