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Parents feeding eastern kingbird fledglings

Newly fledged eastern kingbirds offered me lots of photo opps for me this past summer in NE South Dakota. I observed a pair of eastern kingbirds feeding their fledglings right after the babies presumably left the nest. The little ones basked in the warm sunshine, falling asleep in between feedings. Sometimes they were so sleepy that they didn’t even hear the parents bring them food. The parent would hop from one to the other to see who would open their Read More

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Dance of the Swans

We’re lucky to see both tundra and trumpeter swans in Western Washington during the winter. Thousands of the big white birds spend the winter here before leaving to nest in the spring. Here’s an imaginary conversation I think the swans would have about their flights across the landscape, as they take off and head to other feeding and resting areas. They make flying look so effortless and freeing, as though they’ve created a carefully choreographed series of movements!     Read More

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Little Wildlife Dramas at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

A visit to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Washington in late fall/early winter offers many surprises and little wildlife dramas. For instance, I watched two female mallards come in for a landing on a small pond partially covered with thin ice. One of the ducks landed in the open water, but the other one landed in a small opening in the ice.  Now she was trapped by the ice. Unwilling or unable to fly up and over the ice Read More

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Call of the Wildflowers

Choose me, choose me! As I review my wildflower photos from this past summer, I see the bright yellow petals of the sunflowers and the purple strands that make up the thistle flowers. My eyes are drenched in color when I spot the red and yellow blooms of the spectacular Indian blanket flower. I imagine how each flowering beauty must be calling out, “choose me, choose me.” Pick me, pollinating bees, butterflies, and moths. Hop onto my ample nectar laden Read More

A wplf catches a spawning chum salmon near a viewing platform in SE Alaska.

Wolf with salmon, Alaska

My photo of a wolf with salmon in its mouth is one of my favorite and most unique images. The photo was taken of the wolf with a gigantic chum salmon at Fish Creek, near Hyder in southeastern Alaska during the salmon spawning season in the summer. Fish Creek is part of Tongass National Forest, a coastal temperate rainforest known. Fish Creek can only be accessed by driving through British Columbia, as it’s located at the very southern tip of Read More