To describe my lifelong fascination with flight and with creatures that fly I like to echo the words of John James Audubon who in 1839 wrote of himself as "...one who never can cease to admire and to study with zeal and the most heartfelt reverence, the wonderful productions of an Almighty Creator."
Monday, December 26, 2005
When a strong southwest wind batters the Oregon coast in the winter it often blows RED PHALAROPE on shore, which is probably not to their liking since they usually stay offshore over deep water at this time. Right now, following several days of strong wind, there are thousands of these birds in flooded pastures and estuaries. This one was near the mouth of the Columbia River, searching for tidbits in watery, weedy areas among the dunes.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Birding at Cape Meares
A high point of the year for many birders is the annual Christmas Bird Count, a nationwide survey that has been conducted for the past 105 years. Today I joined the team of about 30 for the Tillamook count on the Oregon coast. In spite of the unusual strong east wind, and below-freezing temperature, the group tallied (unofficially) 131 species for the day.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Nene (Hawaiian Goose)
My recent photo attempts here at home have not been very successful, so this seems like a good time to send up another of my Hawaii memories. There was no challenge in finding and photographing Hawaii's endemic goose, the Nene, but such a handsome bird deserves more exposure to the world, so degree of difficulty is not a factor.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Great Horned Owl
A few days ago, while hoping to find that one of the Snowy Owls currently invading Oregon had chosen to stop in my corner of the Willamette Valley, I did find a more common resident, a Great Horned Owl. He did not appear to be pleased by having his mid-day nap interrupted. A good recording of Great Horned Owls hooting can be heard at http://www.mirror-pole.com/collpage/gho/gho_baby.htm.