[Tweeters] Bad [human] behavior at Ridgefield NWR and some beautif ul birds

Kevin Lucas vikingcove at gmail.com
Mon Jan 27 12:51:14 PST 2014


http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottcarpenterphotography/6942774502/


On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM, Wilson Cady <gorgebirds at juno.com> wrote:


> Photographing birds at the Ridgefield NWR from a vehicle with a sun/moon

> roof does not violate the rule on staying in your vehicle.

>

>

> Wilson Cady

> Columbia River Gorge, WA

>

>

> ---------- Original Message ----------

> From: Hal Michael <ucd880 at comcast.net>

> To: A & S Hill <60stops2home at kalama.com>

> Cc: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Bad [human] behavior at Ridgefield NWR and some

> beautiful birds

> Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:25:45 +0000 (UTC)

>

> Just for clarification. How is opening up the sun/moon roof, standing,

> and taking pictures different from rolling down the window and sticking the

> camera/binos out the window?

>

> Hal Michael

> Olympia WA

> 360-459-4005 (H)

> 360-791-7702 (C)

> ucd880 at comcast.net

>

> ------------------------------

> *From: *"A & S Hill" <60stops2home at kalama.com>

> *To: *"Tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

> *Sent: *Sunday, January 26, 2014 11:46:38 PM

> *Subject: *[Tweeters] Bad [human] behavior at Ridgefield NWR and

> some beautiful birds

>

> Sunday (today), we took advantage of our last “free” day (before the house

> painters come) to try out our new spotting scope. Paradise Point State Park

> off Exit 16 I-5 S was our first stop, only because we’ve never been there.

> It was a short trip. I did get to see some Golden-Crowned Kinglets “up

> close” with the scope, though. Very nice.

>

>

>

> Next, we stopped in the City of Ridgefield and parked near the Public

> Works on Division Street. I was too busy marveling at the birds through the

> scope to take photos. We saw all the usual ducks, geese, herons, cranes and

> coots. There was such a cacophony of Red-winged Blackbirds going on that I

> felt the need to record a bit of their overlapping (and overwhelming)

> songs. It was just heavenly.

>

>

>

> As we walked along the path back toward the car, a lone European Starling

> high up on a wire decided to mark the occasion by adding a wet spot to the

> tripod I had slung over my shoulder. Luckily the splash only hit my fingers

> and not my face or the new scope. Ha!

>

>

>

> The final stop was the auto tour of the River S Unit at Ridgefield NWR.

> The beautiful weather brought out many visitors, three of whom could *not

> *seem to understand the concept of Staying in Their Vehicles. Pictures of

> the offenders – with license plates – can be seen here:

> http://flic.kr/s/aHsjRivuxo

>

>

>

> My husband was lucky enough to see an American Bittern up close, among

> other gorgeous birds. A Great Egret had blood all over its beak from a

> recent kill. Here’s a link to his flickr photostream:

> http://flic.kr/ps/zMtT9

>

>

>

> I got a few “lucky shots” myself. Hooded Mergansers and the Bald Eagle

> pair were highlights for us. Some are posted on my flickr photostream:

> http://flic.kr/p/jwUJUH This link is for the Merganser photo.

>

>

>

> It was a perfect way to end our weekend!

>

>

>

>

>

> Amy Hill

>

> Kalama, Washington

>

> 628 feet up in Cowlitz County

>

> 60stops 2 home at kalama dot com

>

> Artlessfun at yahoo dot com

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