It's The Berries!
This little Song Sparrow (Fox Sparrow?) seems to have found a treasure trove of berries. I thought it posed nicely in the midst of its food bank.
This scene includes farmland bordering the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area wetlands. It's a pretty area whether the weather is good or bad. I loved the rich colors of tree and grasses against a stormy weather background.
Fooled by Decoys
Spent some enjoyable time in wetlands where I heard shots being fired. I watched for the hunters as I walked along and finally came upon them. One of them began wading into the pond and I thought that he must have got a duck among those nearby. I thought it was strange that none of the ducks took flight when I realized they were all decoys! Fooled me! But it makes a good picture. :)
Along the Trail
Results of another morning walk along the Mill Race Path. It feels good to get out there.
Some Kind of Hawk!
I saw this hawk high up in a tree, and I mean high! :) I got some shots of it perched there. Then it decided to take off and fortunately I was able to grab a couple shots of the bird. I think it could well be a Red-tailed Hawk, but tough for me to ID in the photos. Do you agree? I probably should have used an even higher shutter speed.
Fall Colors in Delta Ponds
Delta Ponds is a great place to look for wildlife to photograph. But one doesn't want to overlook the other photo opportunities that can be found there. I thought this photo shows some of the fall colors well.
Downy Woodpecker, Always Moving!
I love woodpeckers of all kinds. But for me. while they are really fascinating, they are difficult subjects to photograph. They are always in motion, seeming to never remain still. I watched this Downy Woodpecker for a little while as it searched for food in the tree. I would shoot when it seemed to be in a spot free of all the branches and twigs. Fortunately, I got some shots that I could use. This is one of them.
Golden Crowned Sparrow
I belive this is a golden-crowned sparrow in winter coat, sitting in a wild rose bush along the Mill Race Path. I am not sure whether they like the rose hips or if they are too large for them. Anyway, they do seem to hang out in those bushes. I found this to be a pleasing setting.
The Kestrel is the smallest of North American falcons. It is about the size of a mourning dove. Evidently, this one is a female I saw as I walked the Mill Race Path.
"It's one of the most colorful of all raptors: the male’s slate-blue head and wings contrast elegantly with his rusty-red back and tail; the female has the same warm reddish on her wings, back, and tail. It packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body."
"American Kestrels occupy habitats ranging from deserts and grasslands to alpine meadows. You’re most likely to see them perching on telephone wires along roadsides, in open country with short vegetation and few trees."
This morning, I came upon a couple deer bedded down as I walked along the Mill Race Path. I stopped and stayed motionless when I saw them until they got comfortable with me there. Then I was able to shoot pictures of them without disturbing them. They merely looked at me curiously. I enjoyed watching and photographing them, then left without disturbing them.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) website has this to say about deer bedding areas:
"An area of flattened vegetation 3 to 4 feet long and 2 to 3 feet wide indicates where a deer has bedded down. Deer sleep in dense cover or tall grasses and may return to the same spot over many days. Since deer often travel in small groups, there may be several “deer beds” in the same vicinity. During winter, similarly sized depressions in the snow, often littered with old hairs, characterize bed-sites."
The Fog Bank
I found this scene to be very attractive. There is something about fog hugging the hills and valleys that draws attention. The different layers of field, trees and tower and the fog enveloped hills all combined to demand that I take their picture. So I did!
Is This Where They Got the Design for the Concorde?
I watched this Great Egret for a while this morning as it hunted along the shore of one of the Delta Ponds. When it flew to another spot to hunt I got a couple shots of it with stretched out neck and spread wings. It reminded me of the British Concorde jet plane, a fabulous design. It made me wonder if the egret perhaps influenced that design.