February 14, 2012


I drove up to Ridgefield NWR on Sunday. It was pretty cloudy and darker than Portland.

If it's not ideal for bird photos, I try to focus on the landscape. It's always a pretty place.

Pintails practicing their synchronized swimming.

There were a lot of ducks around.

American Wigeon


Northern Pintails

I also saw: Mallards, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Scaup, Bufflehead, and Hooded Merganser.

Beautiful reflections

Song Sparrows were everywhere.

Practicing for spring.

A friendly Spotted Towhee.
And my favorite---Coyotes!



This dog was smiling a lot.

I decided to drive around one more time.

Hooded Mergansers (female above, male below)

Pretty lighting.

Golden-crowned Sparrow flock

The coyotes were still hunting. I guess Herons don't mind them and aren't worried?

It was a pleasant morning drive.


  1. What great photos. I'm starting to get itchy feet to go birdwatching but we still have snow. Sigh. Loved the pintails bottoms up!

  2. Oh WOW ! Fantastic photos ! Love the one of the three butts sticking up in the water ! Have a great day ! Oh and Happy Valentines Day to you and your family !

  3. I really enjoyed this. Happy Valentine's Day! @>----

  4. It's fun to watch the coyotes hunt, and you got some great photos of them.

  5. Yay coyotes! It is definitely interesting to see the herons unconcerned... I remember at Grand Teton two summers ago I was surprised to see a coyote walk right past a pair of Sandhill Cranes. Anyway, great hunting shots and nice one of the towhee!

  6. This place looks beautiful and mystical! You have captured it all very well. I love the misty pictures of the landscape!


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