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Clark County Nevada

This fall migration through the Nevada Great Basin this year product some rare birds especially in the Las Vegas area. The Great Basin has desert traps that attract migrants so I decided to spend a couple days on the road traveling from Reno to Las Vegas. I ended near the California border in an town off highway 15 call Primm. Right off the exit there was a grassy area where rare birds for the were seen. I didn’t find them but I did find this male American Redstart

 Featured Photo: American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla), Primm (NV)  EQ: D800, 500mm f/1.4 Taken: 10-4-2018 at 15:06  Settings: 500mm, 1/800s, f/5.6, ISO800, 1/3EV Conditions: sunny in shade

Featured Photo: American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla), Primm (NV)

EQ: D800, 500mm f/1.4 Taken: 10-4-2018 at 15:06

Settings: 500mm, 1/800s, f/5.6, ISO800, 1/3EV Conditions: sunny in shade

 Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla), Primm

Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla), Primm

 Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya), Primm

Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya), Primm

Before reaching Primm I stopped off at Corn Creek Desert NWR located off Highway 95 about 15mi north of Las Vegas. I saw 12 species and was able to capture Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Lincoln's Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon's, and a close encounter with a Greater Roadrunner.

 Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (Polioptila melanura)

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (Polioptila melanura)

 Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)

 Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon's (Setophaga coronata auduboni)

Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon's (Setophaga coronata auduboni)

 Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)

Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)

The next spot was to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve just east of Las Vegas where I saw 52 species and got luck finding a Black Phoebe with an unlucky Variegated Meadowhawk. They also have a Desert Tortoise along with Thrashers, Quail, Shorebirds, Verdin, and Hummingbirds.

 Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

 Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps)

Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps)

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 Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii)

Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii)

 Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)

Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)

 Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)

 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)

 American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

 Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

The next day I stopped at Miller's Reststop, ESM (NV), which is about midway on the way home. The were 16 species including a great view of a Red-naped Sapsucker and a Northern Flicker drinking a small pool of water.

 Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis)

 Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Common Raven (Corvus corax)

 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

 Northern Flicker, Red-shafted(Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])

Northern Flicker, Red-shafted(Colaptes auratus [cafer Group])

 Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

The final stop was along Walker Lake, MIN (NV) where I found Sparrows, a Rock Wren, and a Loggerhead Shrike to name a few. It was a quick trip and I did it in 38 hours.

 Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)

Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)

 Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Your comments are welcomed and if you have any questions about these photos or any other leave me a message.

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Palouse Washington 3

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Palouse Washington 3

The last couple of days at my Palouse Landscape Workshop with Nick Page a cold front came in resulting in rain showers and better yet clouds. On the last sunset shoot, we were back at Steptoe Butte and as the sun went down we were back at the lone tree.

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Nome Alaska

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Nome Alaska

We took a charter flight from Anadyr, Russia to Nome, Alaska.  At the Anadyr airport we were met by very serious officials taking at least 5 minute to review our documents and about 15 for Debbi Shearwater.  We made it out of Russian air space and within 2 hours we landed in Nome.  As we went through customs, we met the director of the Nome Visitor's Center and he mentioned that there was a rare bird seen at Point Nome, which was about 15 minute south of town.

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Kamchatka Expedition: Leg 3

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Kamchatka Expedition: Leg 3

We landed at Meynypilgyno, which is the research and conservation facility that strive to save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper.  We did seen the Sandpipers but it was not anything like my first encounter.  It was nice to see some of the wintering North American bird in full breeding plumage.  As we traveled along the coast we had a great flyby of a Red-throated Loon.

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Kamchatka Expedition: Leg 2

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Kamchatka Expedition: Leg 2

After our time at the Commander Islands we sailed north to Karaginskiy Island.  This was a commercial fishing area and along the coast we cruised around a shipwrecked Trawler that sank in a storm in 1978.

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