Western Grebe

While on my search for pelicans, two beautiful western grebes swam by. What beautiful birds they are with their striking red eyes and long yellow bill. The pelican hunt was worth it just to see this bird.

Western Grebe
Western Grebe

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Snowy Egret Fishing

Snowy Egret

Two snowy egrets
Two snowy egrets

Another bird I don’t see here in Oregon is the snowy egret. I saw a number of them while we were driving around the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve. Again, these birds where quite a distance away and it was difficult to take decent photographs of them. These are very highly cropped.

Snowy Egret Liftoff
Snowy Egret Liftoff

If I were ever to go back, I’d take my 500mm lens and a tripod.

Snowy Egret Fishing
Snowy Egret Fishing

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A single pelican. This was the closest I could get.

In Search of Pelicans

We just returned from a vacation with family in Southern California. I like to try to photograph birds that I don’t normally see here in Oregon. So on a day-trip to Newport Beach I went hunting for brown pelicans. I was told there were pelicans everywhere.

Pelicans flying overhead.
Pelicans flying overhead.

I saw a group flying overhead and got a couple of shots from a distance. One person told us to go to Back Bay Drive where there were a lot of birds. We did see a lot of birds (again quite a distance away), but no pelicans.

A single pelican. This was the closest I could get.
A single pelican. This was the closest I could get.

At lunch another couple told us to go to the Balboa peninsula – they had seen a lot of pelicans there the day before. There were some out on a rigging in the middle of the bay but again, too far to get a decent shot. So, these are the best I could get.

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The Hummingbird and Dragon Fly

Due to the amount of smoke in the air, we have had to stay indoors this holiday weekend. The air quality is at the “hazardous” level so we are advised not to go outdoors unless absolutely necessary. So I’ve been taking my hummingbird photos through the window.

Hummingbird at Feeder Hummingbird at Feeder

It was difficult to get a clear shot of the dragonfly from indoors but I tried.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

I’m hoping the wind will change directions this week and blow the smoke away from us.

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