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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Surrounded by Fires

We are still living in very smokey conditions where it is unhealthy to be outdoors too much. We are surrounded by fires so no matter which direction the wind is blowing, we get smoke. This photo of the sun was taken at about 5:00 yesterday afternoon. This is just as it came out of the camera.

Smokey Sun
Smokey Sun

There is a large fire burning on the Columbia River Gorge which was set by some stupid teenagers who were tossing fireworks into a canyon. You can read about it here. There were over 150 hikers who had to be rescued because of the fire. Home have had to be evacuated and the interstate has been closed due to the fire. Things like this really make my blood boil. I do hope justice is served in this matter.

For now, we will just live with the smoke and stay indoors.

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