Wondrous wander


There are worse ways to spend the better part of a day than wandering through nature. Here are highlights of things seen two days ago.

Turkey Vulture
Vultures return to this area mid-March, but I would not have expected to see one so quickly, let alone have the unusual view of the topside of its wings.

Northern Shrike
This is the first time I have seen a shrike with prey, and a vole, no less. Unfortunately, the shrike was flying just behind a red osier dogwood.

This is a portion of a much larger herd of elk seen in the distance.

A killdeer flew by.

Northern Pintail
The pintail is an elegant-looking duck, but I have rarely seen more than two at once. This flying flock was spectacular.

The season is early, but this view of a portion of a rookery already shows a half-dozen Great Blue Herons and a couple of Double-crested Cormorants.

Red-tailed Hawk
When leaving its perch, this hawk spread its wings and tail.

Red-winged Blackbird
This male was in full song and full display. 


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6 Responses to Wondrous wander

  1. Grace says:

    Wow Amazing Alistair! I even like your artsy shot of the Northern Shrike. What a feast it holds in it’s beak.
    Happy Spring.

  2. Muriel says:

    Wondrous indeed! Thank you Alistair.

  3. dave's father (ben) says:

    enjoy your photography – keep ‘m coming

  4. Bob Ritchie says:

    Thank you for sharing this terrific cross section of your world.

  5. John Kamp says:

    These are marvelous photos. Thanks for helping me figure out how to download them.

  6. Mary J Williams says:

    My beginning of spring is the Red-winged Blackbird. What a great photo. Love the Red-tailed Hawk also. Love all your photos actually!

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