Back to Malheur

When I arrived at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Monday afternoon, the first thing that caught my attention was the silhouette of a White-Faced Ibis, a bird I hadn’t seen when I was here the week before, a bird I hadn’t seen since last year,

Silhouette of Ibis in Flight

and yet it took but a moment to recognize its distinctive shape.

And once I recognized it and began to look for it, I saw it in the next two days I was there,

White-Faced Ibis

but perhaps this shot, taken minutes later, might have been the best shot I got while I was there this time.

Out in the distance, too far to get a good shot, I also spotted a small flock of White Pelicans feeding,

White Pelicans Feeding

a bird I was to see considerably more of in the next few days.

Of course, I was also on the lookout for Western Grebes, and, sure enough, I was rewarded with this shot of a rather large chick riding on her back.

Western Grebe with Chick

A great beginning for an hour or so of birding.