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Archive for December, 2017

Posted in Thrushes, Blackbirds, Waxwings and midsized on December 29, 2017

Autumn Dove

A Mourning Dove on Nov. 28, 2017, at the Ridgefield NWR. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1000, f4, ISO 2000, 500mm, 3:27 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on December 24, 2017

Wings Down

A couple of weeks ago I posted this Northern Harrier at sunset with its wings up.  I may even like this one with its wings down better.  Either way, a wonderful bird to capture at Ridgefield NWR.  Taken Dec. 11, 2017. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1600, f4, ISO 160, 500mm, 4:17 p.m. LAR ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on December 22, 2017

Wingspan

Dec. 21, 2017, a foggy, overcast day at the Ridgefield NWR.  Here a mature Bald Eagle executes its first wing flap to take off from the top of a tree. LARGEVIEW! Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 1600, 500mm, 2:43 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on December 19, 2017

Take Off

A Red-tailed Hawk launches from its perch at the Ridgefield NWR, Nov. 20, 2017. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/500, f4, ISO 1250, 500mm, 5:05 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on December 17, 2017

Precarious Perch

I watched this immature Bald Eagle for close to an hour at the Ridgefield NWR, hoping I might get a take off shot, some flight shots, or maybe even some interaction with another bird.  But the only action was during a couple of episodes when the bird seemed to have trouble balan ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on December 16, 2017

Pro-education Falcon

Dec. 11, 2017, Ridgefield NWR – An American Kestrel promotes a refuge sign (among others) that far too many visitors ignore.  Exiting your vehicle on the refuge auto tour (at other than designated rest stop areas) not only ruins other visitors’ chances of seeing wild ... Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on December 14, 2017

Just when you think, ‘It’s Over’ ...

Here’s a shot of the Blue Heron that I posted a few days ago, this time with the vole and only a split second before the Bald Eagle buzzed the heron and caused it to open its bill and drop the vole.  I guess the vole owes that eagle a bit of gratitude for being instrumenta ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on December 12, 2017

Predator at Dusk

A Northern Harrier makes one of her last sweeps of the day over the fields of the Ridgefield NWR, Dec. 11, 2017, as the sun was near setting. LARGEVIEW! Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1600, f4, ISO 160, 500mm, 4:17 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on December 12, 2017

Eagle Attack!

Image of a Great Blue Heron being harassed by an immature Bald Eagle.  Ridgefield NWR, Dec. 11, 2017.  I drove up to this heron about 50 feet away, as it looked like it was just about ready to catch something in the grass.  Sure enough a few seconds later it had nabbed a vole, ... Continue Reading

Posted in Herons, Bitterns, Cranes, Pelicans, etc. on December 9, 2017

Dining on the Road, in the Rain

Just coming off a C drive failure on my computer on 11/27. I fixed the PC but decided to replace it due to some other operational problems.  Didn’t get the new one until 12/6 and have been busy since, setting it up.  I did get out to shoot on Nov. 28, 2017, in the rain at ... Continue Reading