2016-05-05 Klamath Falls, Veterans

Northern Rough-Winged Swallow - Stelgidopteryx serripennisWhen I finished with the dippers in Ashland Thursday afternoon, I drove out on Highway 66 through Keno and the old Oregon Trail to Klamath Falls. It was late in the day when I got to my favorite place at Veteran’s Park. There was just enough light left in the day to get images of American White Pelicans working the Link River. There was no signage dis-allowing overnight parking in this location, so I camped right there, street-side on this night. It rained and hailed through the night, but I stayed warm and comfortable in my cocoon.

Friday morning I woke early and positioned the RV by the river to see what images the universe might offer me. The lighting of the early morning was wonderful. Soon, I had close encounters with male and female Common Mergansers, Bufflehead, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Western and Clark’s Grebes. Even more interesting for me, were Northern Rough-Winged Swallows that were zipping around over the water. Every so often one would alight on a tree branch directly in front of me. My reaction time was too slow to catch the first two birds that presented, but by waiting them out, I got several decent sequences. I’m certain these shots are the best of this bird I’ve ever gathered.

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