Friday, November 17, 2017

Sibley Today

Chasing game! Actually Mookie the black lab dog...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017


Back from RRF

Made it home safe and sound from the Raptor Research Foundation Conference in Salt Lake and what fun, with 300 attendees, I swear 1/3rd were students. Great hope for the future of research and this fine organization. Banquet night and student award winners, including long-time friend Tempe Regan on the left. She told me she saw a Raptors of the Rockies assembly when she was a kid. “You came to my school in Superior, Montana when I was 9 years old. I remember you standing there with a bird on your arm and being in awe and thinking I want to do that!"  Yep, Feb. 21st 1996, ad her second such award from RRF, her first in 2015!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Off To RRF

The highlight of the year since my first conference in 2004 has been the Raptor Research Foundation annual gathering, leaving tomorrow for Salt Lake City. This time the hosts are heroes HawkWatch International and I'll be photographing the events, attending the scientific program, and helping Nick Dunlop out with the photography competition. I presented at that first meeting in Bakersfield, which was in conjunction with the California Hawking Club. I'll never forget the last question at the desk when I arrived, "Will you be checking in with a hawk?" I was hooked.
I am entering this shot of Sib standing on my buddy Dale Simmon's head in the humor category of the contest. Cracks me up - she had knocked a pheasant down there somewhere.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

More of the Caddys

At the shooting range at Michael DeNeve's (thanks Mike!) then down to the river and the eagle nest, Adrian and son Alex, our pals since 2002.

Friday, November 3, 2017


Just Hitting the Stands...

...and mailboxes! I have the cover, inside spread, and four other photos story by Julie Lue, also of Florence. "Our" nest on the Bitterroot River, 55,000 copies printed and sent across the country. Montana Outdoors editor Luke Duran reports that 60% are mailed out of state, cool.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Simon's First School

This was even more earth-shattering as we had a special guest sitting here in the front row. Our young Great Horned Owl is named for a dear friend that was killed in a terrible motorcycle accident right when the baby bird arrived at his new home. Simon's brother Alex was visiting from Britain and perfect timing for him to see avian Simon the Owl dazzle the kids. And our best buds Vern Argo and Kristen Wood in the Grizzly football wear there in front as well. It was quite the experience, emotional for many of us and glad to have Alex back in the Big Sky.