Ibis,Peregrines,Waxwings

White-faced Ibis chicks feeding, Peregrine falcons exchanging prey in mid-air, Hooded Oriole and Cedar Waxwings all photographed recently.

White-faced Ibis feeding chicks
White-faced Ibis feeding chicks
Cedar Waxwings pair
Hooded Oriole
Peregrine Falcons food exchange mid-air
Peregrine Falcons food exchange mid-air

Peregrine Falcons food exchange mid-air
Peregrine chasing Pelican

Spring Birds Feeding

The Cedar Waxwings are feeding on my Mulberry Tree and the Acorn Woodpeckers are fighting over the acorns that they have stored in a tall Washingtonia palm tree. The Waxwings require a blind as they are very skittish and all fly away at the slightest noise or sight of a human. Then I have to wait for 30 min to an hour for them to come back.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwings
Cedar Waxwing on Mulberries
Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwings
Western Tanager
Acorn Woodpeckers and Palm
Acorn Woodpeckers defending acorns
stored in Palm trunk
Phainopepla male
Spotted Towhee

Anza Borrego Wildflowers

Recent Photographs of wildflowers and desert scenics at Anza Borrego State Park in Calif. Feb 25. This should be one of the best wildflower displays in years with substantial rains starting in Oct and continuing in Nov, Dec, Jan, and Feb. The peak has not been reached and could be as soon as 2 weeks depending on temperatures and more rainfall. I used a wide angle 17-40 lens on most and a 100-400 lens for the hummingbirds and a few others.

Costas Hummingbird

Cholla and Barrel Cactus


Desert Mud Abstract


Poppies, Anza Borrego


Verbena, Anza Borrego


Mud Cracks 2


Yaqui Pass Anza Borrego
Anza Field of Flowers

Owls and Snow Scenics

Owls photographed recently and in the past in Washington state on the coast for the Snowy and E Wash for the N Saw-whet plus some snow scenics during the recent big blizzard.

My photograph of a Great Gray Owl was chosen as one of the top 250 of the North American Nature Photography Association Showcase for 2019 (on the NANPA website and published in NANPA Expressions Journal.)

Great Gray Owl Camouflage
Snowy Owl Washington coast
Snowy Owl Washington coast
Northern Saw- whet Owl
Northern Saw- whet Owl


Ruffed Grouse
Ruffed Grouse
snowy owl take off
snowy owl take off
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Old Homestead Okanogan
Old Homestead Okanogan
Okanogan snow scene
Okanogan snow scene
Snow scene in mountains
Dry Falls, Washington in snow

Death Valley National Park

We spent 4 days in Death Valley and had great weather with high temps of 65-73 and lows of 45. Most days had some clouds with heavy overcast at times and a few sprinkles. I would not recommend going there from May to September as that is why it is called Death Valley. The temps reach 120 during the summer and can reach 130’s for the record. The best light for the Sand Dunes is sunrise and sunset to get good shadows and soft light. We went to the Mesquite Flat Dunes nearest to Furnace Creek but you have to hike in fairly far to avoid footprints everywhere. Other Dunes include Ibex Dunes and Eureka which require 4 wheel drive and longer hiking to reach but are less visited.
Another photogenic spot is Badwater, with salt flats for miles and interesting patterns. Zabriske Point at sunrise or sunset can be good along with Artist’s palette. I used both wide angle lenses, 17-40 and 70-200 telephoto for some shots. Also be careful in the sand dunes if it is windy as blowing sand can ruin your equipment. Keep cameras in plastic zip lock bags and in camera bags when windy. We had very little wind when there. Always clean equipment with a soft brush or canned air when returning from sandy areas and I don’t recommend changing lenses in the dunes (had 2 camera bodies and never changed lenses).

abstract #8

abstract #8

abstraction #2 sand dunes

abstraction #2 sand dunes

Badwater Salt Flats

Badwater Salt Flats

Clouds Artist's palette

Clouds Artist’s palette

dune abstract 5

dune abstract 5

dune abstract 7

dune abstract 7

dune pattern V

dune pattern V

Dune S shaped

Dune S shaped

Dunes, Funeral Mts

Dunes, Funeral Mts

Mesquite Flat dunes

Mesquite Flat dunes

Large Dune

Large Dune

Switzerland Mountain Landscapes

I Just got back from Switzerland including the Matterhorn, Jungfrau, and Eiger peaks.We were based in Zermatt and Murren, surrounded by peaks over 11,000 ft to 14,000 ft and lots of alpine wildflowers. Although there were a few birds at the higher elevations I left my long lens at home and used entirely a 17- 40 f4 lens with Canon 5D mark IV and concentrated on landscape and flowers.

From Schilthorn towards Jungfrau compex

From Schilthorn towards Jungfrau compex

Moth on Centaurea flower

Moth on Centaurea flower

Matterhorn reflection Lake Riffelsee

Matterhorn reflection
Lake Riffelsee

Lauterbrunnen Valley

Lauterbrunnen Valley

Matterhorn reflection in Lake Rifelsee

Matterhorn reflection in Lake Rifelsee

Jungfrau

Jungfrau

Jungfrau summit

Jungfrau summit

Gornergrat Glacier

Gornergrat Glacier

Eiger summit from observation tower

Eiger summit from observation tower

Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau
peaks

Bulls, Lauterbrunnen Valley

Bulls, Lauterbrunnen Valley

Alpine flowers from Schynige Platte

Alpine flowers from
Schynige Platte

Bakery- Bern

Bakery- Bern

Bern Clock built 1530

Bern Clock built 1530

Bern- Old Town

Bern- Old Town

Fountain, Bern with Dove

Fountain, Bern with Dove