We recently spent a week in Portland Oregon. There to attend a niece’s graduation from law school, we came two days early to do some sight-seeing. Our first stop was Hoyt Arboretum. Easy to get to on public transportation, we really enjoyed the lush coastal temperate rain forest setting.
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For more images of the arboretum pictured above click here.
This is the Edith Green -Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, undergoing a major upgrade and now in the final finishing touches. facing three city blocks of park, the architects were forward thinking enough to create a metal screen that will protect birds from flying into the windows that front the park side of the building.
A block north is the Federal Court House where Red-tailed Hawks are nesting.
On Sunday, I took the street car down below the Ross Island Bridge where Portland has set up an osprey nest site on a 30 foot high steel pole. Osprey built their nest and they are currently sitting on eggs. You can watch them live on this web camera site.
When I arrived, it had begun to rain, it was dark and overcast, a perfect day for ducks, and that is what I found sitting on a piling just off the west bank of the river, Wood Ducks.
I waited for an hour for the osprey to come out of its nest, when it did, I was too close for the lens mounted on the camera, so I was unable to capture the entire bird as it lifted off. It was carrying the tail end of a fish.
After viewing the osprey take off and return, I took a short ride on the streetcar, then a walk up SW Third Ave, right on Madison St. over the Hawthorne Bridge and back south along the bank of the Willamette River to OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
This is the view from OMSI of the Marquam Bridge looking west. It is one of several bridges in Portland known as peregrine nest sites. There is a peregrine in this photo. Can’t see it? Of course not, let’s zoom in some.
How about now? In the center.
Maximum crop of the photo. BTW these closeups were taken with a 400mm lens and 1.4x teleconverter on a Canon 1DMK4 body.
I had to wait over an hour before it flew.
I got a great view of it leaving and coming back…
For the complete set of images of the Wood Ducks, Osprey and Peregrines see the diary page for 5-20-2012 at raptor-gallery.com
Comments are always welcome and thanks for looking.