Male Cassin’s Finch
I’ve only had one opportunity to photograph Cassin’s Finches so far and that was in the small town of Lakeview where the headquarters of Red Rock Lakes national Wildlife Refuge is located. Typically I don’t photograph birds at or near feeders but in this case there was a feeder nearby. The background is an old wooden building so the setting wasn’t as natural as I would like either but I wanted the images I took of a bird that has otherwise been a nemesis for me.
That strong bill looks like it wouldn’t have any trouble cracking a hard-shelled nut!
~I’m back from my trip and trying to catch up.
Sandhill Crane in a field of wildflowers
This time of the year I start dreaming about the Centennial Valley of Montana and of the birds that call the valley home during the summer. In my mind I can hear the Sandhill Cranes and Coyotes calling as the mist rises off of the lake. And the pungent smell of Sagebrush as I move past them.
Juvenile Swainson’s Hawk in the Centennial Valley
I know that if I am lucky I will get to see hawks, eagles, owls and falcons. I enjoy seeing the hatch year hawks like this Swainson’s Hawk juvenile perched on a fence post near Red Rock Creek.
Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk in the Centennial Valley
And juvenile Red-tailed Hawks warming in the light of the rising sun.