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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Ahh! That’s the spot

Ahh! That’s the spot - a cow (or maybe a steer? or heifer?) scratches an itch on a SW Oregon ranch near Elkton on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Licking the barbed wire? No idea why.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Rodent control

A norther harrier hawk hunts rodents in a pasture along a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. Northern harrier hawks have exceptional hearing and will ofter use auditory clues while hunting. 


Stuffing the bird

On a cool Thanksgiving morning, an American robin feeds on holly berries near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Nov. 25, 2021. Although holly berries can be toxic to humans, causing vomiting and diarrhea, they are an important fall and winter food source for many birds and even mammals. Wild turkey, quail, and songbirds will feed on the berries. 


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Fine feathered enemies

A bald eagle swoops in to take a fish away from a great blue heron at Plat I Reservoir near Sutherlin in southwestern Oregon on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. 
Bald eagles get much of their food from scavenging and stealing from other birds. American historical figure Benjamin Franklin once said in a letter to his daughter, the “bald a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly…[he] is too lazy to fish for himself.”

The eagle takes to the air after eating the fish.
With part of the fish in one talon the eagle struts over to get a drink of water.

Before the eagle swooped in the heron had the fish speared on its lower beak. 

Monday, November 22, 2021

Misty morning in Oregon

On a cool foggy morning, dew drops cling to a blade of grass growing under a large mushroom on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Monday, Sept. 22, 2021.

A banded garden spider hands in her dew covered web.


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Nature's juice box

A rufous hummingbird licks up juice from an apple in an orchard on a farm near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.


Saturday, November 20, 2021

A flock of bird photos

I've been photographing lots of birds recently. I had shoulder surgery just over a month ago and my mobility has been limited. I'm pretty much only able to photography while sitting in my car or with my gear on a tripod. 

A juvenile red-shouldered hawk hunts from a utility pole in rural SW Oregon.

A double-crested cormorant drip drys in the late afternoon sun along the Umpqua River.

My bald eagle photo by used by The Guardian. My photography is represented by

A bald eagle takes flight from a Douglas fir tree in Oregon.

Rufous hummingbird shakes off rainwater in Oregon.
An adorable American Kestrel on a utility line.

A bald eagle cruises low over the Umpqua River with a female mallard duck in its talons. Photo taken from far away and enlarged thus a bit blurry.

Friday, November 19, 2021

The one that got away

A great blue heron struggles with a large fish it caught in shallow water at a reservoir near Sutherlin in southwestern Oregon on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. 

The slippery fish managed to struggle free from the birds beak and escaped back into the water.

After the loss of his prize, the heron became aggressive to a nearby egret which had been attracted to the heron's struggle with the fish.


Monday, November 15, 2021

Moon halo

A halo is seen around the waxing gibbous moon as seen above a barn near Elkton in rural western Oregon late Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. Halos around the sun or moon are caused by high, thin cirrus clouds. Tiny ice crystals in the atmosphere create the halos. They do it by refracting and reflecting the light.


Rock slide closes Oregon Highway 138W

A massive rockslide blocks Oregon Highway 138 West at about milepost 10 between Elkton and Sutherlin early Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, an estimated 7,000 cubic yards of rock and debris slid into the roadway earlier Friday and will need to be cleared before the highway can be opened.

The road is expected to re-open on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Bug-eyed monster

Not a monster. Just an adorable Jerusalem cricket climbing over a moss covered rock on a hillside near Elkton in southwestern Oregon on Monday, Nov. 9, 2021. Also known as potato bugs, the flightless insects are not crickets or true bugs. They also are not native to Jerusalem. They are found in the western United States, parts of Mexico and Central America.


Sunday, November 7, 2021

Feathered friends

A flock of starlings land on a Roosevelt elk in a pasture at the  Bureau of Land Management Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area near Reedsport in southwestern Oregon on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

The Times of the UK used one my shots in their News in Pictures gallery today. My work is represented by the international photo agency They fixed my caption and said the flock of starlings was a murmuration.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Past meets present in Cottage Grove, Oregon

A man and his dog walk past a historic mural in the small town of Cottage Grove in western Oregon on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Cottage Grove has a colorful history depicted in murals in the downtown area. The town has served as the filming location for scenes in several movies including Buster Keaton’s The General in 1926, Animal House in 1978 and Stand By Me in 1986.