We get to see Zoe’s Soccer Game

We had a hard time scheduling our Spring trip to visit the Colorado Websters for many, many reasons, not the least of which was our hectic Spring. We spent most the week after our long Oregon/Utah/California trip visiting with Leslie’s visitors from Santa Rosa. Two days before our trip we were told Zoe would be playing in a championship tournament on the weekend. We knew the only way we could see any of her games was by leaving early (5 AM) Saturday morning and about the same time from western Wyoming on Sunday. We did get there just in time to see her last game in 90º plus weather.

Although Zoe’s team won the game, Zoe didn’t score a goal in the game we saw. However, I did get lots of chances to photograph her in action: chasing the ball down

and booting it down the field.

Although her speed is probably her greatest asset, it certainly doesn’t hurt she's not afraid to mix it up.

That combination of speed

and aggressiveness

makes her fun to watch. It was an exhausting two-day drive, but it was a small price to pay for seeing our granddaughter play.

Seabeck’s Great Blue Herons

Unlike most photographers, I don’t go to Big Beef Creek to get great Bald Eagle Shots — though I probably spend more time trying to capture shots of them than I do trying to capture shots of Great Blue Herons. Still, my favorite shots from Big Beef Creek and Seabeck are the shots of the Great Blue Herons floating by below me,

Great Blue Heron flyby

gracefully landing with outspread wings,

Great Blue Heron landing

or snatching fish from the water.

Great Blue Heron with fish

I’ve taken pictures of Great Blue Herons nearly fourteen years now, but my favorite shots are those taken at Seabeck. As it turns out, these three aren’t quite as good as ones I’ve taken there before.

Back to Seabeck

After we unpacked from our Malheur/Bear River/Santa Rosa trip we headed up to Seabeck, knowing full well that we had already missed the best times to see the Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons. The tide wasn’t ideal but got even worse on any of the days before we were to leave for Colorado.

If I hadn’t had such great days in previous years, I would probably have been more than happy with the shots on this visit. After all, this immature Bald Eagle was waiting for us at Big Beef Creek when we pulled up,

and I only had to wait a half hour or so before this mature Bald Eagle swooped down

but missed his catch.

Although there was a really long stretch of time with little or no action, we did manage to get some close-up shots of another immature Bald Eagle

and adult Bald Eagle at Seabeck.

This Bald Eagle was so close that I couldn’t resist cropping it into a headshot.

A Final Look at the Santa Rosa Rookery

It’s probably not unusual, but knowing absolutely nothing about a heron rookery, I was surprised at how many different ages of chicks we saw, everything from this relatively old Great Egret chick

to these two chicks that were so young that I couldn’t tell whether they were Snowy or Great Egrets.

These three chicks seemed somewhere between the above.

Even more surprising, though, was that both Night Herons

and egrets were still bringing in sticks, suggesting that the egg-laying season was going to extend further into summer. Two visits aren’t nearly long enough to understand the birds nesting behavior, but, hopefully, I will learn more when I visit again next year.