Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Just Now

Looking out the window in the living room, Bald Eagle above the nest. Then eggs in March?!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Zero Degrees

When it gets really cold, birds in the house and - Sonora, Sib, iPod and sometimes Owen. Tom informed me, "Zero degrees is nothing."

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New Books!

These are the finest books I have seen in many years, and Brian Wheeler has taken field guides for raptorphiles to a different realm. I made this flier and suggest that you purchase copies at Buteo Books https://www.buteobooks.com. I have never seen such detail, new science, and passion in any titles. A must-have and WOW! Thanks Brian.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Photography Show

Cool, twenty-five mostly new photos at Blacksmith Brewing, downtown Stevensville and thanks so much to Cathy and Jimmy Scholtens for helping me install. And Sonora the Aplomado in the first photo, helping me box 'em up, standing on the bookshelf door.

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Best Book...

...I've purchased in years! This one is the perfect holiday gift for your raptorphile or just plain old bird-friends. From Buteo Books. Superlative descriptions and illustrations from Brian Wheeler, incredibly thorough treatment of all the hawks, eagles, osprey and falcons - ages, color morphs, everything. He has produced the Birds of Prey of the East edition as well. Check it out!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sunday In the Sun

Not much to hunt as the Gray Partridges were hiding, but what a view of the Bitterroots across the valley from up in the Sapphires.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Monday, November 19, 2018

Sunday's Hunt

With Sib half-heartedly chasing ducks. Hey! They are all going the wrong way...HA! They put on the brakes and turned around, clever birds.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Last Night

Flew the Peregrine, ran some kestrel etchings on the printing press, then ran down to the river with the dogs for some eagle shots. Okay, walked really fast.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

New Letterhead

And New Raptor Round-Up Newsletter out tomorrow! Number 56.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

November BAEA's

Wouldn't that be nice if this couple took over the nest again, eggs in March, chicks in May, a trip to the river every evening with the camera and dogs. "How many Bald Eagle photos do you need?" Back there last night anyway, and bundled up on the river bank.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Helpful Falcon

Sonora the Aplomado Falcon was helping me paint some prints of the new drypoint etching just now, "Kestrel in Flight."

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Next...New Etching

The new art piece is a kestrel in flight, originally intended as being really loose and impressionistic, but seems I can't avoid drawing in detail. Dumb old feathers. One difference since the last Osprey etching is temperature. Instead of running plates in my shorts with the doors and windows open, it's 38 degrees in the studio, even colder and no heat up there. After a few test prints I figured out that doesn't't work. In the middle of the night it came to me - ink up the plate in the office, and haul warm printing press bed and felts up to the press in the studio and voila! This is way more comfortable sitting at the glass table, listening to Radiohead. Edition on the way.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Jillian, 2003

Her first program at Hamilton Elementary on Halloween. Spoooooky!

Our Yard


Monday, October 29, 2018

Saturday Night Live

Our friend Dave Plummer with the eagles - he and fellow architect Mike Hupe built our entire facility here in 2001 after we relocated from Clinton.
Then Pete, Tom, Dave and Sparky here engaging in intellectual debate. Sparky displays the nice  paint finish on his truck. FUN!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Awesome Catch

Sibley the Peregrine caught a nice cottonwood leaf falling from a tree today, and I am so proud.
Plus a front yard photo and aspens nearby.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Eagles and Dipper

I hit the trail at high speed hoping to photograph the eagles perched over the nest, and no sweat - they were there for an hour. Hope they stay there for the spring and summer and reproduce again in 2019, after a year off! And at dark, an American Dipper caught my attention with a beautiful song, splashing and swimming in the shallows. Gotta love a Dipper!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Peregrine + Pretty Colors

Sibley the Peregrine is finally back in the air today, flying at One Horse Creek across the road and huffing and puffing. Her 16th season and we always start the first of September but not this year. She had molted half her tail feathers, was a fatty, plus I had programs out-of-state and didn't want to risk it. So today the maiden voyage, plus some "Leaf Peeping" on the way back.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Rough-legs Are Here

Northern migrant Rough-legged Hawks make it to Montana this time of year, and could be here until April. This was the first one of these fellows I've seen the season, tame as a cat and catching voles, an adult male.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Osprey On the Beach

This young Osprey snagged a whitefish right in front of me, practically inhaled it up on a cottonwood tree, then split. On his way south, at least a thousand mile flight, and will stay on the non-breeding ground that whole year to return at 18 months of age, hopefully. A very tough life for the Ospreys.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Friends From Finland

Carrie Hunt is the founder and director of Wind River Tails and Trails here in Florence, dog boarding and training. She is perhaps better known for the Wind River Bear Institute, hazing problem black and grizzly bears using Karelian Bear Dogs. She began this endeavor with some friends in Finland and we were happy to host four of them yesterday, here for a way-too brief hunting and fishing expedition to the Big Sky. Starting next to Carrie, they are a professor, journalist, first response doctor, and policeman in Helsinki. THEY'LL BE BACK!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Couple More

Buddies Rebecca Lessard, Wings of Wonder in Michigan, me, then HMANA Director Jane Ferreyra, and Laurie Goodrich of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary fame. Plus my plug for MTPR in the Powerpoint. 

What a Weekend

I returned from a whirlwind Detroit round trip, despite numerous airline nightmares including de-icing in Denver yesterday, and so glad to be home. I was the first keynote for the HMANA Conference, held every three and what a roster. I got to hang with so many pals and here is the highly esteemed Dr. David Bird's last image in his keynote on kestrels, photo of Owen Manning with his award-winning taxidermy mount, plus me with Sonora on MTPR Pea Green Boat three years ago! I blushed.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Off To Motown

Off to the Hawk Migration Association of North America Conference in Detroit, and delivering the opening Keynote tomorrow morning. Then I can be a tourist, and thanks Tom for feeding the birds.