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Recently I finally acquired a 150-600 mm Sigma lens for my Nikon D4s camera…that means I can now photograph the wild birds that have been unwilling to come close enough for any other lens. So, though for years I have sworn to friends I would NEVER become a birding photographer, I now am addicted to visiting the local refuges every chance I get. What refuges you ask???? It happens I live within a half hour to forty-five minutes of seven National Wildlife Refuges including my favorites so far: the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, the Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge, and the Miller Island Wildlife Refuge. Sunset Magazine once ranked the Klamath Basin as the #1 birding location in the lower 48 states…and I believe it……..this spring, for example, there are probably about 700,000 birds passing through. If you love photographing birds, I invite you to follow the journey I started in January of this year, 2017. And, I invite you to come join me…..it is so much fun!!! By the way the slide show photos are picks of my favorites of each day I travel out, but there are lots more here: https://buckaroocountry.smugmug.com/Birds-and-Wildlife
A little about me: I have been packing a camera around for one reason or another since 1972. For the first fifteen years I took photos of product to use in ads I created for the local newspaper. Then in 1990 I started my own graphic and web design business www.maryhyde.com and continued taking photos for design projects as needed. Early on it happened I had a client who required photos of the buckaroos that worked for him on his 90,000 ranch in a remote area of north east California. Those photos ignited a passion for documenting the people who keep the unique buckaroo/vaquero/Californios traditions. Nearly two million or so photos later (see most of the better photos here: http://buckaroocountry.smugmug.com or my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mary.w.hyde I am ready for freshening things up a bit and the new lens has opened that door.
I was born on a large cattle ranch near Bly, Oregon and now live in Klamath Falls, Oregon Email me: email@example.com, or phone 541 883-7456.
I copied this text from the home page of the Klamath Basin Birding Trails website because I wrote most of it years ago when I created the first Klamath Birding Trails website. The website is an excellent resource for birders visiting the Klamath Basin. Years in the making, a partnership of government agencies, private citizens, and tourism selected the best places for birding enthusiasts to see the 350 or so species that pass thru the Basin every year. It makes it easy to come here and find the birds.
Welcome to the Klamath Basin Birding Trail
Imagine millions of geese swirling as far as the eye can see over vast wetlands, whose silhouettes form astonishing patterns against snowy mountain vistas. Or marvel at the “water dance” of courting grebes as they run in tandem across sparkling lakes….
The Klamath Basin is renowned for its wide diversity and abundance of bird life due to its diverse habitats including marshes, open water, coniferous forest, Juniper woodlands, oak-chaparral, sagebrush-grasslands, grassy meadow and rocky cliffs.
The Klamath Basin is a bird lovers paradise as over 350 species of birds call this major Pacific Flyway layover home!
The Klamath Basin is also a great place for humans needing relief from the hustle and bustle of big city living. We call it a refuge..for more than just birds!
Fall: August and September are peak months for viewing Pelicans, Egrets, Herons, and Grebes. An estimated one to two million ducks and geese migrate through the Basin each October and November.
Winter: From November through February over 500 Bald Eagles – the largest concentration in lower 48 states – winter near Bear Valley Roost in the Klamath Basin.
Spring: March to May brings shorebirds and waterfowl migrating north to Alaska and Canada. Thousands return to nest in Klamath Marshes.
Summer: Brood-rearing by 200,000 ducks, geese, herons, egrets and grebes can be seen from May to August
Click here for directions to the best 47 birding sites in the Klamath Basin: http://www.klamathbirdingtrails.com
Don’t forget we have some “other” attractions here……say Crater Lake National Park and Lava Beds National Monument for two….