I got back about mid-morning from a couple of days in the Klamath Falls area thinking I could take in the Winter Wings Festival but I miscalculated the timing of the event. Turns out it does not even start until Friday at noon so I spent my time exploring country that was relatively new to me in the hopes of finding some interesting birds and if not that some good landscape shots. I would love to return and this time perhaps with some folks who know the area better than I.
The Klamath Marsh is so interesting and I spent an afternoon and early this morning (26 degrees when I left the car) looking for birds along the ponds and streams adjacent to the access road. Within the first couple of miles I was greeted by an adult Bald Eagle and a juvenile Red Tailed Hawk. These were both shot into the sky and as result I ended up with a very simple composition. I think it helps to just show off the birds. (Click to get a larger view)
I did come across what I think are simply beautifully adorned birds – Tundra Swans – and while I had to spend a fair amount of time trying to get an in-focus shot – they swim very quickly – I did manage to get one in the water and then when they were on the bank next to a Canadian Goose.
I noticed a very attractive bird on day one but was never able to get close enough for a shot. He/she was very wary and seemed to know when I was coming. This morning I mentally told the bird that I meant no harm (hee, hee) and as I was leaving I slowly drove down the road and there on a post was this gorgeous bird. A Rough-legged Hawk. I dared not get out of the car and just machine gunned the camera from the drivers’ window especially when the bird seemed to get nervous. I was able to capture one shot just as it took wing. Made my whole morning!!
As always you can get a better view of any of these images by clicking on them and they are all available for sale as a print. Also I want to thank Dave and Sally Hill for all their help with identification – I would be lost without them.