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The Sandpiper Trail at Grays Harbor NWR

In springtime every year, Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge in Washington State becomes a haven for hundreds of thousands of shorebirds making their way north to breeding grounds. For a few weeks in late April and early May, enormous flocks settle on the mud flats of the Refuge, feeding and restoring themselves in the midst of their long migration. The Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival celebrates the birds’ return every year, and gives Refuge visitors [...]

2019-02-01T20:58:32+00:00May 28th, 2013|Blog|9 Comments

Birds Flying High … You Know How I Feel

[My homage to Nina Simone, in the form of blurred wings and texturized Dunlins.] click for larger image - ©ingridtaylar When thousands of shorebirds frolic on the mire, their wingbeats rattle like seashells strung in the wind ... just the lightest of chimes, near silent except for the rush of air over 15,000 pairs of wings. They become a coil, spiraling sometimes at 40 miles per hour into shape shifters, turning their plumage [...]

2013-04-29T23:32:06+00:00April 29th, 2013|Uncategorized|10 Comments

Post Processing, Realism + Conceptualism: A Postscript

Long-billed Curlew photographed at sunset, on the dunes at Morro Strand State Beach in California. These thoughts are an extension of the discussion that began under my piece on post-processing. Thanks to my blogging friends who shared their methodologies and perspectives, initiating some thought-provoking explorations of realism in photography. I heard a lecture recently where Picasso's view of photography was described this way: For Picasso, "photography was never an exact registration of a scene, but [...]

2013-02-24T15:59:11+00:00February 24th, 2013|Photography, Uncategorized|5 Comments

Studies in Godwit

Every so often, I get a request for 'derivative works' permission -- usually from a wildlife artist who wants to use a photo as the foundation for a painting or print. I particularly love it when the work is used to benefit an animal cause ... like this painting of a Brown Pelican I photographed in San Francisco. Artist Dan Kent created an ink and watercolor version as part of a wildlife benefit during the [...]

2012-10-04T23:38:53+00:00October 4th, 2012|Birds, Ecology, Pollution, Uncategorized, Wildlife Rescue|5 Comments

Parenting, Avocet Style

American Avocet = Recurvirostra americana These images of American Avocets were shot over the past two nesting seasons. I'm particularly careful when photographing nesting birds or young, and will not intrude if my presence causes any disturbance or danger. Most of these photos were captured at Palo Alto Baylands, from a public pathway. The burnt caramel plumage on American Avocets comes alive in the amber tones of dawn and sunset. It's a breeding season coloration, [...]

2010-06-23T12:19:14+00:00June 23rd, 2010|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Shorebird Nation Rises Again

Ever since I picked up a telephoto lens and aimed it at my first non-human earthling, my seasons have morphed into migration schedules. Winter = Ducks. Spring= Babies. Fall (best time of all) = Shorebirds. I used to be an urban-girl-night-person -- before I knew what I was. Autumn was: early darkness, early cocktails. Schlepping out a camera and tripod at the crack of dawn is a significant metamorphosis. Shorebird Nation is now a phenomenon [...]

2009-10-22T15:23:22+00:00October 22nd, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Seeing the Sora

You'll hear Soras more often than you'll see them. But once in a while you'll be lucky enough to experience both -- when the characteristic Sora call precedes a visual of the Sora wading through the shallows. Soras are in the rail family, not rare, even if they are elusive. They share a lineage with the endangered California Clapper Rail (among other birds in the family Rallidae). Coyote Hills, with its drought-driven mud cracks and [...]

2009-09-28T23:12:32+00:00September 28th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wildlife & Nature Photography Ethics

“Responsible wildlife photographers observe a strict code of ethics. The cardinal rule: if anything you do directly or indirectly endangers, restricts or harasses an animal, stop and leave the animal alone. The integrity of a wildlife photograph evaporates if the subject was not free to come and go, if it shows fear or anxiousness, if it has been provoked to attack or to defend itself.” ~ Robert Winkler, A Wildlife [...]

2018-10-02T18:27:41+00:00May 7th, 2009|Photography, Uncategorized|8 Comments

More Alameda Terns: Caspian, Forster’s, Least Terns

Take a look at this image of terns — not because it’s anything spectacular. In fact, those terns were but specks on my visual horizon, so this is a dramatic crop to show just one thing: the size differential between the Caspian Terns and the Forster’s Terns I wrote about in a previous post. Caspian and Forster’s Terns – ©ingrid The large birds with their black caps and [...]

2018-10-02T18:20:04+00:00May 5th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

A Quiet Nation of Shorebirds – San Francisco Bay Area

I stop by Arrowhead Marsh when I'm in the vicinity of Oakland Airport . . . which is a lot, considering I'm with a guy who, essentially, commutes to work by plane. It's my consolation in solitude to stroll through the marshes with my camera after I bid farewell to Southwest or Jet Blue. During my last walk, I spotted what I like to call the "quiet nation" -- the low bubbling of shorebird [...]

2019-01-31T12:03:43+00:00December 7th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments