Osprey - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
In the last couple of weeks I have observed several varieties of raptors in my travels in the Palouse. I saw the osprey at the top of this post while photographing a fly fishing trip on the Grande Ronde River in eastern Washington. The bald eagle in the picture below was observed near Asotin, WA. Bald eagles are not as plentiful in the Palouse as they are in western Washington so I was happy to spot this one.
Bald Eagle - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
In the final images is a juvenile red tailed hawk that I saw just to the east of Cheney, WA. If you are interested in photographing raptors there are several varieties that can be seen throughout the Palouse. I keep my eyes open and my camera on the seat next to me so that I am ready if I observe one of these graceful, powerful birds.
Red Tailed Hawk 1 - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
Red Tailed Hawk 2 - Copyright Gary Hamburgh 2009 - All Rights Reserved
California Quail on Post by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved
The above photo of a California Quail was taken at Whitman Mission near Walla Walla, Washington which is located just south of the Palouse region. I find many species of birds at the Mission especially in the early morning hours.
I came across this excellent article “A Basic Primer On Aperture Edge Sharpening” by Scott Bourne which I thought you might enjoy as well as answer some questions.
It is always best to get your image as sharp as you can in camera, but at times an additional tweak can be helpful.
It is necessary to keep a watchful eye as you travel the Palouse country. Many times you are so involved in taking in the beautiful scenery that you miss some of the birds and other wildlife that is abundant.
On a recent trip to the Steptoe Butte area just north of Colfax, I was intent on getting to a high vantage point to observe the final light of the sun as it was preparing to bathe the landscape of rolling hills and valleys in the lowlands below. As I came around a corner on the road up to the state park I spotted the red-tailed hawk that is pictured below.
Red-tailed Hawk (buteo jamaicensis) by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved
He was very intent in watching the fields below him as he perched on a ridge in the wheat field searching for any movement that might signal some prey for his supper. He did not give me much attention as I captured his image from my car window.
As I parked my car in one of my favorites spots to capture the last rays of the sun, I heard the loud trill of a bird just over the edge of the hill on some rocks. I was treated to the view of a rock wren that was enjoying bathing in the last light of the day. In the image below, it is obvious how well this species blends in with its environment.
Rock Wren (salpinctes obsoletus) by Gary Hamburgh - All Rights Reserved
As the sun set on the landscape and I descended the butte in the twilight, I was once again reminded of the beauty that is both in the landscape as well the wildlife that inhabits this region.