Morning spent in the blind

Managed to get out to Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge for a little birding and photography. Spending most of my time in one of two photo blinds where a number of waterfowl swam by at close range. Walking around the Wildlife Viewing Area, loads of California Quail scurried about and a broken top snag was serving as the nest for 3 Great Horn Owls – or owlets to be more exact.

Trumpeter Swan stretching out

Trumpeter Swan stretching out

Male Lesser Scaup

Male Lesser Scaup

Female Hooded Merganser

Female Hooded Merganser

Canada Goose coming in for a landing

Canada Goose coming in for a landing

Male Hooded MErganser

Male Hooded MErganser

Pair of Ring-necked Ducks

Pair of Ring-necked Ducks

Female Ring-necked Duck

Female Ring-necked Duck

Tree Swallows setting up house

Tree Swallows setting up house

Calling Red-winged Blackbird

Calling Red-winged Blackbird

Singing Marsh Wren

Singing Marsh Wren

Western Paint Turtle

Western Paint Turtle

Teal double date

Teal double date

Cinnamon Teal pair

Cinnamon Teal pair

Male Blue-winged Teal

Male Blue-winged Teal

Male Northern Shoveler

Male Northern Shoveler

The next generation of Great Horned Owls

The next generation of Great Horned Owls

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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