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

2017-08-16 Bear River

  After showing Jerry and me the Promontory Road raptors in the early morning, Joe took us out to the Bear River Migratory Bird Reserve. While I’d visited this area in the spring of 2015, there really isn’t a limit on visits to such places. It will offer different treats each time. For those who … Read more

Franklin’s Gull Composite

The Franklin’s Gull is another member of the “hooded” gull group. This bird is a long-distance migrant, wintering south of the equator as far as Chile and summering in the northern USA and the central prairies of Canada. While in their winter homes, most of these birds stay near the coastal Pacific shores and waterways, … Read more

2015-06-05 Klamath Falls

I pulled into Klamath Falls Oregon in the late afternoon on June 4th. After securing lodging and a meal I wandered down to Veteran’s Park next to Lake Ewauna and collected the birds there at the park shore. While capturing Ring-Billed Gulls, a Franklin’s Gull came in near enough that it was difficult to frame … Read more

2015-06-03 Malheur NWR

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is located roughly 30 miles south of the town of Burns Oregon. I arrived in the afternoon after my mud-slinging drive down the BLM Access Road and I spent a few hours around the Visitor Center before driving into Burns, securing lodging and a meal, then hosing down the mess I made … Read more