Here it is Thanksgiving and I have not yet written up my last four visits to the Klamath Basin. In the interest of simplicity I will combine August and September into one blog post and then do October and November in another.
As it was the birds were not very interesting in August and September. The egrets stole the show hands down in August and while there was some obvious transitioning of the landscape toward fall in September, the fall migrants had not yet arrived and many of the summer residents had already departed for warmer climes.
There were great flocks of egrets at Lower Klamath in August but try though I might I could not get a good sharp shot of one taking flight. So I had to settle for this impressionistic transformation which at least captures the spirit of one of these great white birds lifting off. In addition to the Great Egrets there was also a showing of Snowy Egrets at Tule Lake that I had not seen before.
As always the Grebes were cute and fascinating but I was particularly taken with this adult and child who were fascinated with something else, so much so that the parent had to stand up and take a better look.
There were also more Black necked stilts around in August than I had seen before.
And, of course, the pelicans were still present in abundance. I tried to change things up a bit with this intimate portrait of one of the big white birds.
My September trip to the Basin was the maiden voyage for my new Canon 7D Mark II. I think it did just fine in spite of the fact that the birds were not very cooperative.
I never was able to get the coveted shot of a pelican in flight but at least I did manage to capture this fellow showing off his enormous wingspan. Though his friends don’t seem too impressed, the average wingspan of the American White Pelican is 9 feet compared with a measly 6 and a half feet for the Bald Eagle.
That doesn’t mean I’m not still impressed with all the raptors in spite of the fact that putting a name on most of them gives me fits. I think this one is a juvenile Red Tailed Hawk. If you know better let me know.
The golden tones of autumn make a beautiful background for this meadowlark even though his showy yellow breeding feathers are starting to fade.