An adult Laughing Gull (with only one leg) was found at South Beach SP south of Newport. The bird seems to be moving further south every day.
I finally was able to do this after thinking about the Harpy Eagle for years. The experience did not disappoint: It was a long day trip from the Canopy Camp where we got up at 4am, took the van for about 9omin, then went on a 3 hr boat ride and finally hiked about 45min to get to the nest. We got excellent looks including fabulous photo ops.
A brief trip report with species list is here.
Pictures are here.
Don Coggswell and I found an Emperor Goose this soggy morning on Sauvie Island at around 10:30am. This bird was with a Cackler off Reader Rd near the Reader store, roughly here: 45.710527, -122.775506. These pictures were phone-scoped with my iPhone 6.
With a lot of time at hand, I took a spring Rockjumper East South Africa trip with Cape extension for a total of 3 weeks. I chose to go fully guided because of safety concerns. Well, it was a heck of a trip! with 455 bird species (209 photographed) and many other critters including South Africa’s “The Big 5” and “Ugly Big 5”. My absolutely favorite was a Giraffe which got startled by some nearby lions and ran towards our truck using the truck as a shield.
There is no trip report (I’m waiting for the official Rockjumper one), but many pictures:
Birds (relatively good quality): https://goo.gl/photos/Y6bbSacJaRPSmGdv7
Birds (poor quality): https://goo.gl/photos/CeMwYez3vJC89RiX8
Other critters: https://goo.gl/photos/FYdNUBXBvZuBB6VV9
Here are a few of the highlights. Enjoy!
African Penguin at Stony Point near Cape Town
Bateleurs at Kruger NP
Bokamakierie at lower Sani Pass
Drakensberg Rockjumper at Sani Pass
Red-headed Weaver at Kruger NP