I have Montana’s birds on my mind

Sandhill Crane in a field of wildflowersSandhill 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 ValleyJuvenile 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 ValleyJuvenile Red-tailed Hawk in the Centennial Valley

And juvenile Red-tailed Hawks warming in the light of the rising sun. Yes, I have Montana’s birds on my mind.




  1. eric c11 April 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    great portraits with nice bokeh on each one, well played mia ☺

  2. Sherry in MT April 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Me too, although for the last 2 days the wind has been so fierce that nothing is moving! Good luck even finding a stray hawk!

    • Mia McPherson April 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Sherry, we had horrible winds last week, even chased a friend of mine from Arkansas right out of Utah! He was camping and it was blowing but after he left it got even worse. I suspect we’ll have more later today ahead of a storm front.

  3. Merrill Ann Gonzales April 14, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    This time of year has us dreaming all sorts of dreams. As I write this two cardinals are calling to each other as they nest… I’m stuck in the house but the out-of-doors calls. Yet where I am there are not half the fascinating things to find out there as you have so I’m thankful you share your finds with us wherever you do go.

    • Mia McPherson April 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks Merrill. Spring does make us dreamy. 🙂 The outdoors calls louder now, doesn’t it?

  4. Ricky April 14, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Beautiful work Mia!

  5. M. Firpi April 14, 2013 at 7:15 am

    It looks promising and your images as stunning as always.

    • Mia McPherson April 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Montana is a very promising location for bird photography. Thanks for your comment Maria.

  6. Beverly Everson April 14, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Beautiful birds and images, Mia!

  7. Bob Bushell April 14, 2013 at 6:09 am

    And you are a lucky person, to see so many birds. The Swainson’s Hawk is beautiful, well taken Mia.

    • Mia McPherson April 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      I am very lucky indeed, Bob! Thanks much for your comment.

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