Wednesday’s drive back through Malhuer started very differently than Tuesday’s drive. I was greeted by two large birds in a snag, this Red-Tailed Hawk
sitting on the left side, higher up, and this Magpie
sitting on the right side, slightly lower. I was rather surprised by their juxtaposition, especially since they seemed largely indifferent to each other. I wondered if the Magpie was playing “Chicken” and would fly away first, but that didn’t turn out to be the case, as the hawk flew away as I sat there, and the Magpie remained, unconcerned.
I took the pair as a sign that I was going to have a good birding day, and I was determined to make it so. So, even though I had trouble getting close to most of the birds I spotted, a worked on getting shots like this one of a White-faced Ibis,
where the setting is as important as the bird itself knowing that the birds and I come to experience this place.
Which isn’t to say that an unexpected face-to-face meeting with a pair of beautiful Tundra Swan,
wasn’t greatly appreciated.
On the way out of Malheur, I stopped and watched the Western Grebes interacting with their chicks. Here the parent finally feeds a chick after making the chick catch up with the parent. Apparently there’s no more free-lunches for Western Grebe chicks this time of year.