Snake River at Swan Falls Dam.
I did a lot of birding this last week and took lots of photos; not very many good ones, but lots of them. Before I get carried away into next week, I wanted to post a few photos of some of my recent birding adventures. Sorry for the full on assault of photos, but why take them if you can't share them?!
One afternoon this week little three-year-old Claire and I took a drive to Indian Creek, Black's Creek, and through the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey area on Swan Falls Rd. I passed a Golden Eagle perched on a rock right next to the highway. I braked and put the truck in slow reverse to see about getting a photo. Just as I had the camera ready, the behemoth flew. What a huge bird. Check out the wingspan and those huge yellow talons too.
Wild Flowers in bloom on the rim above Swan Falls.
Male Swainson's Hawk taking his turn on the nest in my neighborhood of Avimor in the Boise foothills. Look closely!
Warbling Vireo along the Avimor greenbelt. I am still trying to learn the best camera settings for photographing birds on overcast days. Any tips?
Yellow-rumped Warbler at Black's Creek
MacGillivray's Warbler at Avimor's Spring Valley Creek
Western Tanager at Black's Creek. Bad lighting, but it still conveys the awesome color of the head.
Black-headed Grosbeak along Spring Valley Creek Trail at Avimor
Snowy Egret at Black's Creek
American Goldfinch at Avimor
Caspian Tern at Black's Creek