Pretty little Buffleheads, Common and Barrow’s Goldeneyes, and Mergansers are often found together on the canals and rivers of the region.
The top photo was taken the weekend of the 2018 Winter Wings Festival and it was the second place winner in their photo contest. I was able to photograph several eagles feeding on a swan for nearly an hour….MAGICAL MAGICAL!
I took almost 2000 photos of the eagles feeding that day.
The killing ground. The littler birds huddle together on the flooded fields. The eagles and hawks swoop over causing so much alarm that the littler birds fly up in a panic where they are picked off or injured in the crush of birds. The ravens pick through the scraps.
I have learned to scan for movement in the tall weeds and grasses along the roads for magical moments like seeing this coyote, first asleep. then waking, then ambling off. He/she seemed to be not too concerned about my presence.
I know I didn’t fool you…yes, this is a composite.
Parts of the refuges are burned early every year to rejuvenate the marshes.
Ross’s and Snow geese love to hang out at the Miller Island Wildlife Refuge.
February is one of the best months of the year to enjoy bird watching in the Klamath Basin and practice your stop action photography!
Don’t get overwhelmed with the bejillions of ducks you are going to see out on the marshes of the vast refuges. Look for little moments like these in the crowd.
Start checking the mud flats for early shore birds. Killdeers are some of our prettiest.
Male and female ruddy ducks aren’t as colorful in the winter but they are full of attitude as always!
December, January and February are the busiest months of the year for migrating ducks, geese, swans, and the 500 or so Bald and Golden Eagles that follow them. Hundreds of sandhill cranes also begin migrating thru here, too. That said, these migrants come and then slowly leave; followed by exciting new birds in March, April and May. Stay tuned for the next “What I Saw” pages!