It is migration time for the birds along the Pacific Flyway. However, it is sad that when they fly to where they know, and they aren’t going to see a lot of water. This is due to the fact the Refuges have hardly any. I won’t get into the why’s of it all, but to me it’s all political b.s. And we are in an extreme drought. However, the canals throughout the basin seem to be plenty full of water.
However, hubby and I still go out weekly and have a nice time capturing what wildlife there is out there. Yesterday on Facebook I read that part of the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge was receiving water. This water will fill/help the sanctuary area for the birds. This is an area that is restricted to non federal employees. However it seems more and more people are disobeying the rules and still go out there. As a former employee of the Refuge (I retired in 2021) I still don’t even go out to the restricted areas. I can. I have permission. But without any water, there is no reason. Maybe later when we have goslings. If there is still any water.
Anyway, yesterday afternoon, we did head out to the refuge, just to see if the water rumor was true. It was. That made us happy.
On the way home, we jumped over the highway onto the Oregon side of the road and took the dirt roads towards home. (All legal) The farmers seem to be getting enough water to flood their fields, and this brings about ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, and bald eagles.
While we were headed home we saw the eagles and was able to watch one snag a duck out of the water. It was awesome to see! Then he dropped it. Sadly for him. However there was an eagle on the ground that decided to claim it for his own. (or Her own). So this is a short post today. (Like I post more than once a year right?).
I am sharing a video I put together from yesterdays mini adventure.
One thing I have learned is to always take my camera, even if we don’t plan on going to the refuge, but might be in the area. A couple months ago I missed good shots of coyotes that were in a wheat field. They were close enough to capture too. Missed opportunities for sure. But we still enjoyed watching them.
Enjoy the video.
Have a Blessed Day