Malheur NWR 2016

I came, I saw, I took photos.
A lot of photos
2400 or so…
But I am proud to present
The good ones.
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Burrowing owls greeted us
On our entrance to the refuge
A very nice bird
To see along the highway at 70 mph
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Birds on signs
The bread and butter
of bird photography
This Sage Thrasher was happy to pose
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Due to the Headquarters Closure
Frenchglen was the cool meeting place
Evening Grosbeaks foraged
Outside of the Hotel
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They let me approach on my belly
Then they got too close
My camera can only focus
11.5 feet or further
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Pygmy Rabbits were in the parking lot
How lucky that we get the worlds smallest bunny
An ideal treat for a raptor
Also one of the cutest things I saw on the trip
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At the viewpoint across from the hotel
A Forester’s Tern was hunting
in the tiny creek
I saw it dive but come up empty-beaked
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Great Horned owl
More like Fluffy-Taloned owl
amiright?
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Searching P Ranch for Bobolink
We got this consolation prize
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Family Photo
They wanted to come home with me
but I wouldn’t let them.
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The view from our campground
Uphill from Frenchglen
Unimproved campsite
Didn’t need much improving
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Awoke to Gray Flycatchers
This one was knitting a sweater
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 Our camp buddy
I think a Yellow-pine Chipmunk
Rodents on trip were all adorable
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We had a breeding pair
of Mountain bluebirds
Hunting insects
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And we had a couple insects too
Maybe an Orange-rumped Bumblebee
We also had cool dung beetles
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And now for birds around the refuge
Red-winged Blackbird
At a very birdy Benson Pond
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 Get off my lawn!
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Swallow, Cliff Swallow
Of course short for Clifford Swallow
You know somewhere in the world
Cliff Swallow has to be someone’s real name
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Western Meadowlark
Oregon’s State Bird
Loves to sing at passing cars

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It’s a Willet…malheur-0060
Yellow-bellied marmot
Watching cars go by

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Wilson’s Phalaropes
A pair of real love birds
romantic swims in romantic
jerky little circles
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 Oh man, Baby Horses!
Not a bird or a rodent
But Still Pretty cool
Bonus is behind you
On the road to Diamond
Is a Bobolink on a fence
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This Bobolink!
The only one we saw
and it was brief
He never turned around
And just flew into tall grass
C U next time
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Brown-headed cowbird
Parasitic egg layers
but they are growing on me
such a subtle contrast
and very pretty colors
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Sage Thrasher
Has been thrashed
and is on Sage
Aptly named

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 Malheur Lake
has been wetter

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I have excellent Eastern Kingbird Luck
They like to tussle
Super aggressive
And surprisingly loud
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A moment of stoicism
After defending his territory
I can anthropomorphize anything
Just test me

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Western Tanager
If you fly with your mouth open
Bugs will fly in
Not gross at all
if that is all you eat
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Brown-headed Cowbird
chooses his mount wisely
This Uber driver
Provides snacks
5/5

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Cedar Wax-wing
Has a very modern haircut
Also, such a clean looking guy
Very presentable,
Great interviewer

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Yellow-headed blackbird
Mid exorcism
Great bird
Not a subtle bird

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Mourning dove
I like when the eye-ring
of my bird
matches the background
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Barn Swallow
Perching for photo ops
at eye level
professional bird model
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The Burrowing Owl That greeted us
Also bid us farewell
Very thoughtful little guy
Made a lot of birders happy!

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