On the Lookout
It seems that a Red-shouldered Hawk is hanging around Delta Ponds a lot lately. Not surprising because it is the type of habitat they prefer. They will sit on perches like the one in this photo, 'watching for prey below the forest canopy or at the edge of a pond, sitting silently until they sight their prey below.' (All About Birds) Delta Ponds makes a perfect environment for them.
According to The Cornell Lab of Orthinology All About Birds - "Red-shouldered Hawks are forest raptors. They tend to live in stands with an open sub canopy, which makes it easier for them to hunt. They are not exclusively birds of deep forest, though; you’ll find Red-shouldered Hawks in some suburban areas where houses or other buildings are mixed into woodlands. In the West, they live in riparian and oak woodlands, and also in eucalyptus groves and some residential areas." - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-shouldered_Hawk/lifehistory
A Bit of Snow on Drury Butte
According to the topography maps I checked this could be Drury Butte, located to the north of the east end of Springfield. This is the beginning of the foothills of the Cascades. I thought it made a pretty scene, no matter what butte it is.
Snow In The Hills
A coating of snow seems to beautify to my mind. I know that Back East right now it isn't considered so much as beautiful as it is a problem! But we don't have snow all that often here in the Willamette Valley. Only rarely has it ever been a real problem, the extreme case happening in January-February of 1969 when we had four feet of snow on the ground. Normally, we look to the hills to see them beautifully dressed with a coat of snow, as this one I saw on a drive up the McKenzie River Valley. This is not a Christmas tree farm, it is high mountains where the trees are logged by the timber industry. Those trees are not small.
Start the Year Off on the Right Foot!
Well, in this case the left foot. No wait, it is standing on the right foot! :) Anyway, I thought this image of a Great Blue Heron in mid-step would be a fitting shot for today. It was a very cold walk at Alton Baker Park, the temperature down in the mid-twenties this morning. (Cold for us!)
I think she is just ducky!
Strong directional sunlight makes for great color and contrast in this photo of a female Ring-necked Duck. I seem to prefer strong color and contrast in my photos. :)
We have had a few days of freezing rain and slippery roads and sidewalks. It is starting to improve, and go back to rain and warmer temperatures. Here is an ice formation I found interesting.
I was thinking of my father today. Wow, he would have been 104 now!
My 'Birds of Oregon' book says of the Anna's Hummingbird, "locally common summer resident and breeding winter resident along the coast and in western interior valleys. It sure would be fun to see a hummingbird nest (without disturbing it, of course)! I caught this little beauty at our hummingbird feeder through a sliding glass door. It is one of my few hummingbird photos, so it's so nice to get so early in 2016! It's true that it might appear over-saturated, but it was colorful. Yet, I do hope to improve my technique with future visitors.
I have always found oil spots left by motor vehicles to be fascinating. The patterns, designs and colors can be quite beautiful. This is especially true when the pavement is newer or wet. It makes for more contrast and color, like this one.
Distant View of the Cascades
This is a view of Cascade Mountains, possibly the Three Sisters, from high in the Coburg Hills. It was difficult to get a good view. A long telephoto lens helped to solve the problem. Between trees, I was able to get an unobstructed view. So I made the shot, this one.
My Mother, My Sister and Me
I don't know when this photo was taken, probably by my father. My guess would be I was about nine and my sister six. It was likely taken about 2 1/2 years after we moved to a nine acre farm on Big Fall Creek Road about three miles from Lowell, OR. I loved those years in the country. We lived there almost six years. How do you like my hat? :)
Carrying a Spare!
Just got home from a long day trip to Portland and back (110 miles away) for my 6-month eye exam. They check on the growth in my good eye twice a year. The trip up wasn't too bad, just a quite cloudy day. But the trip back was in the rain, and so not as nice, especially when passing the big trucks. But the trip was worth it to get the news that all looked good in the photographs, and tests. Made my day!
None of the trucks I saw carried a spare like this one!
Bald Eagle Talk
I watched one of these bald eagles at Delta Ponds as it made its distinctive call. It is the one on the left in the photo. Soon, the one on the right appeared and landed on the other snag. Then they continued their chat before settling down and sitting there for a while. It could be the pair that will soon be nesting on the back side of Skinner Butte, not very far away. I was pleased to catch them like this.