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Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on August 13, 2017

Hovering in Summer

Here’s another shot of an airborne bird taken on my Aug. 7, 2017, visit to the Ridgefield NWR.  This American Kestrel is hovering over the newly mown fields of the refuge in early evening sun looking for just about anything that moves. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1250, f4, ISO 640 ... Continue Reading

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

Sunset Flyer

It was a smoky day at the Ridgefield NWR, August 7, 2017.  We’ve had a stretch of heat here in the Pacific Northwest that has trapped the smoke from wildfires burning as far north as British Columbia.  The background of today’s Great Blue Heron shot would have norma ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on July 31, 2017

Immature Red-tail in flight

There’s not nearly the number of raptors flying around at the Ridgefield NWR in summer as in the winter time, so it was fun to see this juvenile Red-tailed Hawk fly directly over me on July 26, 2017. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/2000, f4, ISO 320, 500mm, 3:55 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on July 27, 2017

Turkey Vulture Flight Shot

I paid a visit to the Ridgefield NWR, July 26, 2017, and spotted quite a few Turkey Vultures doing their soaring activities.  A few times they got fairly close to me.  This is the best shot from the bunch. Canon 7D Mark II, 1/2000, f4, ISO 320, 500mm, 4:05 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 Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on May 1, 2017

Shrike taking flight

This is another image from my Loggerhead Shrike photo shoot at the Ridgefield NWR, April 26, 2017.  Here the bird had just taken off from its teasel perch. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f4, ISO 200, 500mm, 3:49 p.m. Continue Reading

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

Air Patrol

An American Kestrel hovers over the fields of the Ridgefield NWR, April 26, 2017. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f4, ISO 200, 500mm, 2:37 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Bird Gallery, Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on April 27, 2017

Hovering at Ridgefield

A second image from yesterday’s Loggerhead Shrike shoot at Ridgefield NWR, April 26, 2017.  This bird was very good about staying low when it left its perch to hover.  Most of the time it would perch on teasel but sometimes it would fly to the ground.  I spent over ten m ... Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on March 27, 2017

Spring Harrier

A Northern Harrier taking off from the grass at the Ridgefield NWR, March 23, 2017. LARGEVIEW! Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1600, f4, ISO 1250, 500mm, 2:38 p.m. Continue Reading

Posted in Raptors and Birds of Prey (plus Vultures and Shrikes) on March 18, 2017

Low Flyer

This is a January 24, 2017, shot of a Bald Eagle shortly after taking off from the ground at the Ridgefield NWR. Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 2000, 500mm, 9:09 a.m. Continue Reading