Turtles at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
September 4, 2015
I went to Portland yesterday to buy myself a new lens for my BIRTHDAY. Yes, I buy myself birthday gifts…often and not necessarily on the actual day. Usually I gift myself a little something every day in September.
While in the city, I took a side trip up to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
It was a quiet day with very few sightings and even fewer people. It was, however a day filled with turtles! And in this image a frog ~ can you see it?
I found a couple of ducks and a grebe enjoying a swim.
OH! My new lens. I bought a wide angle to get better pictures of the Aurora Borealis. You can read about my first adventure with Northern lights here. It’ll be handy for landscapes too, but mostly I was thinking about colorful night skies.
I almost missed this Pileated Woodpecker as I slowly drove through the refuge. I heard him drilling in a section of densely shaded trees. Lucky me, he made his way to the top of a snag near my car!
Is he a juvenile? His feathers are sort of spiky around his neck making me wonder if he had been in the creek.
I only saw one pair of Wood Ducks.
Back to turtles….this poor guy spent about 15 minutes climbing up to share a log.
Unfortunately his friend wanted nothing to do with him & shoved him off!!
I had a lovely lunch in the shade at this bend in the creek. As I ate my sunflower seed honey butter sandwich, I desperately wanted the Kingfisher flying back and forth to land on the snag in front of me. If he had, this is where his photo would go.
I slowly finished the route, watching more herons, egrets, and Northern Harriers.
Another gorgeous day of sun, rain, clouds and end of summer fun at Ridgefield NWR.