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…

My Resident Barn Owl

Over the past month or more I have had a barn owl living in my backyard trees. It has been there each and every morning, faithfully perched on the same branch facing the same way, sleeping off the night's hunting activities. With the onset of winter a few days ago,…

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 End of Summer

Summer is fading fast. It looks like all my hummingbirds have moved on and the bees are in a feeding frenzy, cleaning out my hummingbird feeders almost daily. Soon it will be fall with cooler temperatures, shorter days and fall like colors in the mountains. I will miss the bright…

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…

Backyard photography

One of my favorite venues to photograph is my own yard. I love finding stuff to shoot with my camera at my house. Not only does it save time and the expense of traveling but it is quite rewarding to be able to go outside and find something beautiful to…

Black chinned hummingbird

In my neck of the woods, we get 4 types of hummingbirds, with one being pretty uncommon to see. We get broad tailed hummingbird, rufous hummingbirds, black chinned hummingbirds and the calliope hummingbird. The calliope is one I have only seen 1 of in my life, up in the mountains…

Rufous hummingbird head study

The rufous hummingbird is one of the most beautiful hummingbird out there. It is definitely my favorite of the regional hummingbirds we get out west. I haven't had much luck getting a real good shot of a male rufous hummingbird over the past couple of years. They migrate early and…

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…

Great Salt Lake Sunset

Photography is all about light and color. Sunsets provide the best opportunities to capture and exhibit the great color nature has to offer. I go out and photograph sunsets every chance I get, whenever it looks like there is even the remotest possibility of a grand sunset. The shoreline of…

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,…

black and white sunset

As many people know, I love to photograph sunsets. I love the color and the unique and individual nature of each one. Some are grand and glorious in color and have spectacular cloud shapes and formations and others are soft and subtle with less distinctive cloud arrangements but all offer…

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…