Every ten years or so I take a portrait of Susan. Tonight we were out at Market Lake and the light was really nice. I convinced Susan that she should let me take her portrait. Here are a couple of efforts.
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The wind was howling at Market Lake this evening, despite that it was really beautiful. Birds were plentiful and the light was amazing. I took a couple of similar photographs. Enjoy:
I drove out to Mud Lake and Market Lake today in search of spring arrivals. Spring is by far my favorite time of year, but it is so slow to arrive in these parts. It’s slowly starting though. Snow Geese have arrived in force (I saw tens of thousands), Sandhill Cranes, Mountain Bluebirds, and Ducks of all species are here, and Red-winged Blackbirds are vigorously defending territories.
Anyway, it was a great morning. I found a lot of fun birds and photographed a few dead catfish.
Snow Geese, Mud Lake, ID 2011
Five Dead Catfish, Market Lake, ID 2011
Two Catfish (Pisces), Market Lake, ID 2011
This Great Horned Owl Chick was by far the most aggressive bird I’ve ever encountered. It would hop/fly down the lane towards me. At one point it flew right at me (talons forward) and over my head onto a nearby branch. I was already on my elbows photographing it when this happened. I kind of screamed like a little girl and fell down on my face. It was pretty sweet. Anyway, here are a few photographs and a video made with the Canon 7d.
Great Horned Owl Chick, Market Lake, ID 2010
It’s cool to have a couple of birds that share your name. This is one of them. These Clark’s Grebes were photographed at Market Lake last night.
Clark’s Grebes with heads tucked, Market Lake, ID 2010
Clark’s Grebe, Market Lake, ID 2010
Grasshopper Sparrows may be my favorite sparrow. As far as sparrows go they’re a pretty sharp looking bird. In Idaho they seem to be found in tall grassy areas with scattered shrubs. This morning I photographed a few birds that were on territory near Market Lake.
Grasshopper Sparrows, Market Lake, ID 2010
Birding was really good at Market Lake WMA today. There were dozens of Western Tanagers, Empidonax Flycatchers, and Wilson’s Warblers. There were several Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Olive-sided Flycatchers, an American Redstart, several Warbling Vireos, a couple Yellow-breasted Chats, and several sparrows of several species. My friend Steve also found a Northern Parula (an eastern bird that shows up rarely in Idaho). It was a fun day to be out dodging the rain showers.
Western Tanager, Market Lake, ID 2010
Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Market Lake, ID 2010
American Redstart, Market Lake, ID 2010
Northern Parula (sorry, it’s a bit soft), Market Lake, ID 2010
Tree Swallow (odd plumage), Market Lake, ID 2010
After we got home from a weekend in Utah, I took a quick run out to Market Lake. Migration is really picking up. I had several species of warblers in the woods, several Black Terns, breeding-plumage Great and Snowy Egrets, and a pretty good bird for these parts – a Great-tailed Grackle in the Marsh.
I took a few minutes to take advantage of approachable Tree Swallows and then was able to document the Great-tailed Grackle.
Tree Swallow, Market Lake, ID 2010
Great-tailed Grackle, Market Lake, ID 2010