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Coastal Oregon

Amazingly, we encountered beautiful and sunny weather while we were in the Portland area. It did rain on one of the five days we were there but who can complain when we were there for the only days it didn’t rain in the past two months?

Oregon Coast
Oregon Coast

Glaucous-winged and Western Gulls were overly abundant along the coast. Didn’t find any Thayer’s Gulls the first day but did find a single Eurasian Wigeon on a golf course pond.

Western Gull
Western Gull

The second day we checked out Westmoreland Park near SE Portland and found several adult Thayer’s Gulls in addition to 1st cycle Thayer’s, a flock of 12+ (minima) Cackling Geese, Eurasian Wigeon and many Wood Ducks.

Cackling Goose
Cackling Goose (B.h. minima)

Wood Duck
Wood Duck

Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon

Thayer's Gull
Thayer’s Gull (adult)

Thayer's Gull
Thayer’s Gull (adult)

Thayer's Gull
Thayer’s Gull (1st cycle)

We ended the trip with a beautiful stay in the Willamette Valley wine country. We’ve been up to the area several times before but the beautiful weather in the middle of December was a lovely treat.

Willamette Valley
Willamette Valley

 

Posted by on December 22, 2010 in Photography Adventures

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Scoter and Wigeon

The past couple of winters I’ve been struggling to get better photos of White-winged Scoter and Eurasian Wigeon. Well, I finally got my best images today. The prior being the one at Bolsa Chica all winter. If you recall, I missed this one when I was at Bolsa Chica a couple of weeks ago. The Eurasian Wigeon is the one that has wintered at Tewinkle Park for the past two winters in Costa Mesa.

White-winged Scoter
White-winged Scoter

White-winged Scoter
White-winged Scoter

Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon

 

Posted by on February 28, 2009 in Photography Adventures

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