Autumn Beauty

Some trees have already lost all of their leaves and some are just coming into their full beauty. This maple is at its peak but it won’t be long before it, too, loses all of its leaves. So I will enjoy it while I can.

Maple Tree in Autumn
Maple Tree in Autumn

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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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