Black-billed Magpie in flightBlack-billed Magpie in flight

Raising the glass attached to my camera that is! I’m excited about the photographic opportunities that will present themselves in 2015. For a few more weeks I will be photographing winter birds and snowy critters but when March arrives I’ll be photographing some of the early nesting birds like this Black-billed Magpie taken as the bird flew away from the nest it was constructing on Antelope Island State Park. Some people think they are pests but I think they are wonderful, graceful in flight and smart.

House Wren portraitHouse Wren portrait

I hope to spend more time photographing little birds like this House Wren photographed in Clark County, Idaho in May. I also hope that my hawk-eye stays with me because without it I never would have spotted these small birds constructing their nest in a tree that also housed lifer birds for me, a pair of Williamson’s Sapsuckers.

Moose calf in IdahoMoose calf in Idaho

I hope to see more Moose. More Coyotes, more bears and many more furry creatures. Living in the west gives me plenty of opportunities for photographing wildlife but I would always love more. This calf and its mother were a delight to see and photograph in the Targhee National Forest in Idaho in July.

Portrait of a juvenile Swainson's HawkPortrait of a juvenile Swainson’s Hawk

And of course I would love to see and photograph tons of raptors and owls. This beautiful light morph Swainson’s Hawk juvenile was a very cooperative subject as it perched on a fence in Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Montana in September which was a camping trip where I saw lows of 11°F.  Brr.

The photos are always a delight to create but one of the best things about doing what I do is spending time in nature with all the great views, animals and birds I see.

Happy New Year everyone! May it be your best yet.

Life is good.



  1. CJ Oakley January 2, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Wonderful images all – have an amazing 2015 Mia!

  2. Elephant's Child January 1, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    A very happy bird and nature filled year to you.

  3. Jolanta January 1, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Really great pictures!

  4. Jane Chesebrough January 1, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Happy new year and happy shooting! I like the photos you posted today.Look forward to more.

  5. Charlotte aka Prairie Birder January 1, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Happy New Year, Mia! I love the photo of the Moose calf and the iridescence on the Black-billed Magpie is beautiful!

  6. Wally January 1, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Thank you for continuing to share your high quality photographs and giving hope to some of us striving to improve.

    All the best for the New Year!

  7. Liz Cormack January 1, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Happy New Year, Mia. Happy photographing in 2015.

  8. Bob Bushell January 1, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Happy new year Mia.

  9. Lois Bryan January 1, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Wonderful!!!!!! Happy New Year, Mia!!!!! Here’s to another great photographic year for you … and for us, because we get to reap the benefits of all your hard work, lol!!!

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