Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Archive for February, 2018

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on February 26, 2018

McMouse for Lunch

Our resident Red-shouldered Hawk devours its catch at the Ridgefield NWR, Feb. 23, 2018. LARGEVIEW! Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1000, f4, ISO 1600, 500mm, 3:31 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on February 24, 2018

Eye Contact

Visiting the Ridgefield NWR, February 23, 2018, I was parked in my truck with my sights on two mature, perched bald eagles.  One was in a tree about 600 feet north and the other about 600 yards northwest.  My hope was that one of them would fly toward me in the “not-too-d ... Continue Reading

Posted in Bird Gallery on February 21, 2018

Tundra Swans

The sun broke through the clouds for this shot of Tundra Swans arriving at the Ridgefield NWR, Feb. 16, 2018. LARGEVIEW! Canon 5D Mark III, 1/2000, f4, ISO 320, 500mm, 3:38 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Shorebirds on February 18, 2018

Seeing Double

Three or four Killdeer were running around in a field at the Ridgefield NWR, Feb. 16, 2018.  Here are a couple of them! Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 1600, 500mm, 2:26 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on February 16, 2018

Out of the Mud

A 3-year-old Bald Eagle lifts off from the mud at the Ridgefield NWR, Feb. 16, 2018. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 1600, 500mm, 2:15 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Non-Bird Gallery on February 14, 2018

Mother and its young

A Columbian White-tailed doe comforts its young, February 7, 2018, at the Ridgefield NWR. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/2000, f4, ISO 500, 500mm, 12:35 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on February 11, 2018

Closer than Close

Ridgefield NWR, Feb. 7, 2018, driving the auto tour route just passing post #6.  Off to the right was this huge brown bird about 5 feet off the ground perched on a sticker bush.  I stopped the truck, opened the passenger window and, amazingly, the bird stayed there.  It appear ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on February 8, 2018

Go Ahead…Make My Day

This cooperative Red-tailed Hawk entertained a lot of folks today (Feb. 7, 2018) at the Ridgefield NWR.  The bird took turns perching on no less than 3 different posts right along the road, giving folks a close, low-level perspective with their cameras.  This hawk has particula ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on February 3, 2018

Sitting on a silly sign

A little different pose from this American Kestrel on its favorite refuge sign.  Ridgefield NWR, January 22, 2018. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 4000, 500mm, 4:38 p.m. Continue Reading