Birding Landscapes – Antelope Island

I’ve slowly started a new project. I’m photographing birding destinations in North America. I’m using ebird, the American Birding Association’s birding page, and various other resources to locate areas that are important to birds and birding. When visiting the destinations, I’m trying to photograph characteristic views of the places. I anticipate the project to take several years to complete. So far I’ve made a few photographs in Idaho, Utah, along the gulf coast, and along the Oregon coast. I have plans to visit Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania this month.

I’m not yet sure yet what the images will ultimately be about. They will all obviously have the common theme of birding, but I’m hopeful there will be other associations. How will the work be viewed by non-birders? Some of the places are spectacular, some of the places are very ordinary, and some are an eyesore. I’m interested to see how it will all come together. Stay tuned.

I’ve got a web gallery under construction that can be viewed here: It requires a password to view right now, which is: Birding

Anyway, here are a few efforts from a visit to Antelope Island, Utah I made over the weekend.

Antelope Island Causeway, UT 2015

Mud Flat with American Avocets, Antelope Island, UT 2015 

Great Salt Lake with Phalaropes and Waterfowl, Antelope Island, UT 2015

Mule Deer Statue, Antelope Island, UT 2015

Along the Causeway, Antelope Island, UT 2015



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Mud Lake

Mud Lake is a town, a wildlife management area, and a lake in eastern Idaho. The lake is fairly large, shallow, muddy, and full of bugs and birds. It is a place I visit frequently to look at birds and to make photographs. Here are a few recent photographs from a couple of excursions.


Mud Lake(from West Dike), ID 2015

Midge Swarm at Mud Lake, ID 2015

Western Grebe Pair, Mud Lake, ID 2015

Magpie Nest, Mud Lake, ID 2015

Camas Creek at Mud Lake, ID 2015


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Grand Isle, Louisiana

Grand Isle, Louisiana is a small island in SE Louisiana. It is primarily a fishing destination. It is also a place where locals own or rent vacation homes. It is one of the few accessible beaches in Louisiana. It is also an excellent birding destination. Grand Isle combines open ocean, sandy beaches, marsh, and coastal woodlots. This mix of habitats attracts a large number of birds to Grand Isle, particularly during spring and fall migration. Below are a few photographs made of the beach and woods on the island.

Rain Puddle (during a rainstorm) Sureway Woods, Grand Isle, LA 2015

Live Oaks and Rain Puddle, Grand Isle, LA 2015

Live Oak (detail), Grand Isle, LA 2015

Gulf of Mexico from Grand Isle, LA 2015

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Beach and Woods – Various Habitats near Cameron, LA

Cameron, Louisiana is a small town that was decimated by Hurricane Rita in 2005. It was and continues to be a destination for birding. There is a mix of marsh, coastal woods, beaches, mud flats, and prairie that combine to provide an interesting mix of habitats. It is also a destination for hunting, fishing, and oil drilling/refining. This post showcases a variety of photographs made in and around the town of Cameron, LA.

Welcome to Cameron, Cameron, LA 2015

Cameron Motel Parking Lot (with Boat-tailed Grackle), Cameron, LA 2015

Holly Beach, Cameron Parish, LA 2015

Cameron Jetty, Cameron, LA 2015

Sunrise through Fog, Nunez Woods, Grand Chenier, LA 2015


Sunrise through Fog, Nunez Woods, Grand Chenier, LA 2015 (no. 2)

Sunrise through Fog, Nunez Woods, Grand Chenier, LA 2015 (no. 3)

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Peveto Woods Sanctuary

Peveto Woods is a small bird sanctuary located in SW Louisiana in Cameron Parish. It is a chenier (slightly elevated oak woods on the gulf coast) forest. When conditions are favorable (north winds, rain etc.) migrant songbirds crossing the Gulf of Mexico will land in the first trees they see. This small group of trees can be teeming with migrants during an event birders call a fallout, or (like on the day we visited) they can be essentially vacant of birds. Either way, these coastal woodlots are an important habitat and there are few accessible chenier woods left that birders can enjoy. Many have been developed, are in the hands of private landowners, or are inaccessible due to their location (surrounded by impenetrable marsh). Places like Peveto Woods, High Island (Texas), and Dauphin Island (Alabama) are critical to the survival of migratory songbirds and are national treasures.

Sunrise at Little Florida Beach, Cameron Parish, LA 2015

Mostly Dead Live Oaks, Peveto Woods, LA 2015

Backlit Oaks at Sunrise, Peveto Woods, LA 2015

Peveto Woods, LA 2015

Live Oak (vertical), Peveto Woods, LA 2015

Live Oak (horizontal), Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Big Branch Marsh NWR

Another Location I visited while in Southern Louisiana is Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. It is on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. It is primarily set aside as a stronghold for the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, but it is also good habitat for Bachman’s Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, and Sedge Wren among other species. It is common practice to mark the trees that Red-cockaded Woodpeckers nest in with a wide band of white paint. Anyway, I made a few photographs in and around Big Branch Marsh NWR.


Red-cockaded Woodpecker Trees, Big Branch Marsh NWR, LA 2015

Lilly Pads, Big Branch Marsh NWR, LA 2015

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Dauphin Island, Alabama/Mississippi Coast

I took the opportunity to attend the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) national conference, which was held in New Orleans, last week. It was a great conference and it provided me an opportunity to travel back to Louisiana, where Susan and I lived for four years. I spent a couple of days before and after the conference making landscape photographs at birding locations (perhaps a new long term project) along the gulf coast. This first set of images was from Dauphin Island, Alabama and various locations along the Mississippi Coast.

Water Tower, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

Sunrise through Fog, Dauphin Island Beach, AL 2015

Palmetto Understory, Goat Trees Sanctuary, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

Live Oak, Goat Trees Sanctuary, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

Live Oak Branches in Fog (color), Shell Mounds Park, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

Live Oak Branches in Fog (black-and-white), Shell Mounds Park, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

Pond in Fog, Dauphin Island, AL 2015

Birds (Skimmers, Sandpipers, Gulls, Etc.) at St. Louis Bay, MS 2015


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Trees near Ditches and Roads – Another Installment

A few more Trees near Ditches and Roads from the last few days. These were all made in the Upper Snake River Valley. A collection of these made over the last few years can be found at my website:–ditches.html

Tree near Road, Archer, ID 2014

Tree near Road & Ditch, Market Lake, ID 2014

Tree near Road, Ashton, ID 2014

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Trees near Ditches and Roads

I’m starting a new body of work and because I can’t think of a better title, I’m calling it Trees near Ditches and Roads. It sort of has to do with irrigation. It sort of has to do with accessibility. It sort of has to do with private property. It sort of has to do with a lot of things, but it mostly has to do with form and light and color. Here are a couple of efforts from this evening.

Tree and Moon with Flooded Field, near Chester, ID 2014

Mostly Dead Cottonwood (vertical), Chester, ID 2014

Mostly Dead Cottonwood (horizontal), Chester, ID 2014

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A Couple of Scenes along the Teton River

Willow at Dusk along the Teton River, Teton, ID 2014

Cottonwoods with Moon, Teton, ID 2014

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