Entries Tagged ‘Ridgefield NWR’:

February birds (Cont.)

Most Red Winged blackbirds are migratory. But some of the Northern varieties choose to stay in place for the Winter. Like this one at Ridgefield NWR in Southwestern Washington State…
…Perhaps he knows something about those Will-o’-the-wisps (swamp lights) in the background (?)
(More Red Winged Blackbird images)

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At the watering hole

So… you come here often?
(More Heron images)

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The birds of February

Not everyone flies South for the Winter…
(More Hawk photography here)

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A moment’s rest

Spring is a very busy time for migratory, yellow-headed blackbirds. Having to claim territory and set up a new seasonal home in the marsh is pretty time-consuming. There is hardly any time to take a break and … frown at a photographer.

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Hawkeye

A young Red-Tailed Hawk keeping an eye on things
(On a heavily overcast day, during the dark part of the year, at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in South-Western Washington State)

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Wilbur’s Dream

Wilbur was a pig (…”Some Pig”)

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Real Estate principles are for the birds (also)

Location, location….
So, this swallow found what appeared to be the perfect spot in which to build a nest and raise its young… (And this looks like a lot of work) Still.. location… out of rain’s way, just inside a ‘cave’ (?) but not far from the open air. Perfect! Well, as it [...]

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Blood and guts

Early morning and a silent killer stalks for new prey through the tall grass, his sharp beak still oozing with the blood and guts of two large frogs he just pierced, dismembered and devoured for breakfast…
(… bon appetit)

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Lord of the swamp

A Great Blue Heron, that graceful giant flyer of the Pacific Northwest, on a morning stroll, at the edge of his Southwest Washington watery domain, in late January

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