Monday, December 30, 2013

Wildlife of The Oregon Basin and Range / NOVEMBER 8 - 10 2013

I spent two chilly November days exploring the uplands and lowlands of Southeast Oregon with my faithful companion, Nico. Many mammalian and avian species put on a fantastic show as we crossed from one habitat to another during a beautiful fall weekend.

Images were captured using a Canon G12 and i-Phone 4S.

a flock of Pinyon Jays

a Mule Deer doe

hiding in the sage
Greater Sage-grouse

a Rough-legged Hawk

Fort Rock
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a Canyon Wren


Tundra Swans

Winter Ridge
Ana river

Summer Lake ODFW Field Station

Lake Abert

I had the fortune of meeting a very interesting fellow by the name of Tristan Howard as he filmed Bighorn in the rut on Abert Rim. He was kind enough to let me take a peek through his viewfinder. Take a look at his work on his website:

Bighorn Sheep remains beneath Abert Rim

a Coyote prowls the flats of the lake shore

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a large herd of Proghorn graze on the refuge at sundown

a buck Mule Deer as the last light fades
sleepy dog in a comfy bed

Mule Deer buck 

playing on the playa

swans sing as they fly over the Alvord desert

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exploring the Eastern slopes of Steens

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Western slopes of Steens
Nico enjoys the view as we drive through Malheur Wildlife Refuge.
Lower Donner und Blitzen river

Nico investigates a beaver's work

Diamond Craters

ancient lava flows

Huge pits tell stories of a dramatic geologic past
American Robins perched above craters

Nico listens to a coyote yowl in the distance beyond the crater.
Steens Mountain seen from the North

A Golden Eagle watches as night falls.


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