The Northern Shovelor

The northern shovelor, a common waterfowl species found on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge has never really caught a lot of my attention due to it's common nature, until now. I was fortunate enough the other day to come across a couple of drake northern shoovelors while out looking…

The Return of the Tundra Swan

One of the most beautiful and magnificent birds on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is the tundra swan. Twice a year, during both spring and fall migration, the refuge plays host to thousands of tundra swans making their way either south or north, stopping to rest and feed on…

The Eastern Kingbird

Each summer the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge makes it's home available to many migratory bird species. One of those birds is the eastern kingbird. Quite often it can be seen while traveling down to the refuge, perching on the barb wire fences along forest street. (more…)

Western Grebe Reflections

A few shots of a western grebe and it's reflection from the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. The floating reflection of the western grebe has always been a tough shot for me to get for some reason. Here are a couple of the better shots of the western grebe which…

The chase is on

Quite often birds during breeding and nesting season get very territorial and protective of their small patch of real estate. This phenomenon isn't limited to birds in the same species category but can often cross those barriers as well. Many times a smaller bird will run a much bigger bird…

Marsh Wren Basics

The marsh wren, possibly the smallest resident of the marsh is a tough subject to photograph. They are tiny, very active as they are never sitting still, and live in a dense jungle of thick cattails, reeds and other marsh vegetation. Photographing them can be quite tricky. Certain times of…

The American Avocet

The american avocet is a summer resident on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. It is one of the priority species the refuge directly manages for. They are an interesting and quirky bird, often found squabbling over a small patch of territory during breeding season. Like many birds the american…

Photographing Great Blue Herons

Great blue herons are a favorite bird of mine and I spend a ton of time on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge watching and photographing them. These unique fishermen offer a great opportunity for birders and photographers alike to get a great portrait shot of one of nature's skilled…

Red Winged Blackbirds

Red winged blackbirds are one of my all time favorite birds. I love their sweet sounding spring songs as they perch high on a cattail and declare their territory towards other male blackbirds. They also offer a unique and challenging subject to photograph due to their dark black feathery attire,…

Tundra Swan

Each fall and spring the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is full of migrating tundra swans. One of the first sure signs of spring is on it's way is the arrival of northbound migrating tundra swans on the refuge. Quite often these birds arrive when there is still much ice…