Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

In northern Utah close to Brigham City is this wonderful wildlife refuge.  It is huge, took a few hours just to drive through it.  When I was out visiting family this past summer, my sister Bonnie and I went to this refuge to take some photographs of the birds.

ISO 200, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/5000 sec

Could have decreased the ISO setting on such a bright day and decreased the aperture to 5.6 or 6.3, but because the 300mm f/4 is so sharp at f/4.0, I usually leave it at that aperture to help with subject isolation.

ISO 200, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/2500 sec

ISO 200, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/4000 sec

Ouch have a piece of fish stuck right there in my beak!

ISO 200, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/4000 sec

Ah that’s better, shake it off, shake it off……

One of the things I like to do when I am photographing wildlife especially birds I photograph a lot is to get them doing different things than the normal expected poses.

ISO 200, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/2000 sec

So in 15 minutes we’ll switch sides so our tan is even!

ISO 200, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/6400 sec

Get the grill started Love! I’ve got caught dinner 🙂

I didn’t realize this hawk had caught anything until I was working on the photographs.  I thought, man that hawk’s feet are really small.  Then I zoomed in and even then it took me a minute to put it together that he had a small bird in his talons.

ISO 200, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/2500 sec

Was watching this guy dive over and over for a few minutes and was rewarded with a great shot of his catch!

Well going to close with a shot of one of the Blue Herons we saw on this trip.

ISO 200, 300mm, f/4.0, 1/2500 sec

There were so many shots I liked on this trip, but I narrowed it down to 57.  I hope you enjoy them!  Thanks for visiting.

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