2017-09-01 Crater Lake Trip

I drove over the Crater Lake Highway on my way from Klamath Falls to Medford. I spent the night on a logging side road north of Fort Klamath and found a plethora of Red-Breasted Nuthatches as the light was fading into the evening. I had my doubts about my chances for capturing satisfying images, but … Read more

2017-08-31 Abert Lake And The Road To Klamath Falls

After my adventures at the Malheur NWR, I left Burns Oregon, heading east on US-20 and continued my zigzagging journey across southern Oregon. Reaching Riley Oregon, I turned south on US-395, a highway I’m rather fond of, though this section of the highway is new to me. A little further south at Lake Abert I … Read more

2017-08-29 On The Road To Malheur NWR

  I left Payette Idaho after staying with dear friends for 11 days, driving south to Jordan Valley, then northeast through Burns Junction. The road down the east side of Steens Mountain is a route I’ve wanted to explore for a few years. This was to be the day I’d,I’d scratch that itch. Sixty-three miles … Read more

2017-08-21 In The Shadow Of The Moon

Anyone who witnessed last week’s total solar eclipse is not likely to forget the spectacle … EVER! When my friend Jerry called last February suggesting we rendezvous in Idaho after a layover in the Salt Lake area, it was the opportunity to revisit Utah birds that initially attracted my interest, but after mulling over the … Read more

2017-08-19 Willard Bay

Willard Bay was a last-minute addition to our ad hoc tour schedule for the Salt Lake City area. Our time in this state park was all too brief. Even so, it produced for me a Gray Catbird, a bird I’d seen as a vagrant once two miles from my home in San Diego County, but … Read more

2017-08-17&18 Antelope Island Phalaropes (Part 4 of 4)

The stars of the day were the phalaropes, when they picked up and flew in mass, wheeling and dipping in unison, it was breathtaking. I tried to capture images, but these fall far short of the impact of the spectacle in person. From about 50 yards offshore out to 300 yards, the phalarope flotilla stretched … Read more

2017-08-17&18 Antelope Island Swallows (Part 3 of 4)

Swallows in flight are difficult subjects to photograph. When I realized I was overloading on gull and phalarope images, I paid attention to these elusive birds darting low over the water. I may have misidentified some of the Tree Swallow images. I believe there were Bank, Barn, Tree, and Violet-Green Swallows present. Some of the … Read more

2017-08-17&18 Antelope Island Gulls (Part 2 of 4)

I don’t often get opportunities to meet Franklin’s Gulls, so when they appear before me I’m compelled to chase them with my lens. There was a carpet of Brine Flies on the beaches and we were entertained with the feeding antics of the gulls. The stars of this sideshow were the California Gulls, but the … Read more

2017-08-17 Antelope Island (Part 1 of 4)

I fell in love with Antelope Island in the spring of 2015 when introduced by friends Ron and Mia, so when my new friend Joe suggested we spend the day there, neither Jerry or I protested. In fact, we followed up with a second visit the next day. Depending on the water level in the … Read more