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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday Stills ~ Birdstalking

This week's Sunday Stills photo challenge is birds...spring is always a good time for finding birds.

Located in Harney County is the Malheur Wildlife Refuge which is the freeway for migratory birds. Our biggest event of the year is the John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival.

I saw thousands of Snow Geese, numerous Bald Eagles and even a few ugly Turkey Vultures. But, never had a good enough photo op to do them justice.

But I did find these Sandhill Cranes in a cow pasture. There were at least 50 of them...very impressive to see!

Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes

And I got a few good shots of a pair of Northern Flicker woodpeckers in the elm tree in our yard. The day was really blowing as you can see by the feathers!

Wind Blown Feathers
Wind-Blown Feathers
Northern Flicker woodpecker

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Shirley said...

We don't get the cranes up here, at least, not that I've seen.
I like the windblown feathers.

MTWaggin said...

Ahh the cranes my favorites along with herons! Your flicker photo is stunning, what great light.

Linda said...

I love the sandhills! I get to see them when I go to Florida to visit my mom - very nice photo. And that Flicker is gorgeous!

Candy C. said...

The cranes look very intent on their hunt for food and I just love the color of the woodpecker, windblown feathers and all!

Crystal said...

That is a pretty woodpecker! and the cranes are neat, I don't know if we get them I think so but I have never actually seen any (or I don't know if I did)

Anonymous said...

nice shots, woodpecker stands out :)

Linda said...

Great job! I saw a woodpecker but couldn't get close enough to see which kind.

aurora said...

Nice shots. I really like the beautiful woodpecker!

Susan said...

The cranes have arrived here also, early like everything else this spring.

Anonymous said...

Those cranes are beautiful! My husband and I were through the refuge in late February a couple years ago and didn't see much, just some Canadian geese... love your shot of the flicker, they are so pretty!

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