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Posted by: atowhee | June 26, 2012

BABY ON BOARD, AND SOME OTHER WONDERFUL CLICHES

MORE OF BOB MANDELL’S PHOTOS FROM GOLDEN GATE AUDUBON TRIP TO MALHEUR
Some photos needs no explanation, merely expectation. When it was disclosed that baby grebes were indeed riding the backs of mother grebes while we were at Malheur this image immediately moved to the top of the list of desired sightings. Never mind that there are thousands of Clark’s and Western Grebes around Malheur. Some cliches are NOT to be missed. Pictures like this are best taken at The Narrows along Hwy 20r5 where grebes are numerous and often close to dry land. Boat not required.
I called this singing male Marsh Wren Pavarotti in my previous blog. But perhaps musical midget is closer to the fact. He was on territory along Sodhouse Road west of Malheur HQ.
This male Yellow Warbler could start a gold rush.
This Red-tail is not molting lopsidedly, he apparently crashed into something, perhaps trying to lift a rodent out of the brittle sagebrush. On a windy day he was flying just fine despite the missing feathers.
This Short-eared Owl was hunting over sagebrush at the north end of Lawen Road. We saw an owl there on two of the Malheur trips this month.
Speaking of owls, this Great Horned Fuzzball was with his parents in the cottonwoods at Malheur HQ. Can any other creature on earth stare at one with greater disdain? Imagine how you’d feel if you were vole-sized.

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  1. Wonderful, wonderful pictures. Thanks!


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