Photographing wildlife

Longtime bird watcher and photographer Tim Johnson wants to visit a place very soon. The tour leader of the Salem Audubon Society sets his binoculars on the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge as well as the scope to see its forests, wetlands and fields in search of rare bird species.

He will look for the curved break of a whimbrel, the speckled coat of a black bellied plover or the small white and brown bosy of a solitary sandpiper. Tim told that every once in a while, one would see something rare. In Spring, there is a mass migration of shore-birds and that is quite cool.

Some birds are not down for long, but it is really very neat to watch them stopping over. This migration coincides with spring opening of Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex that includes close to Salem places of William L. Finley, Basket Slough and Ankeny.

Shut in big part since late autumn to offer migrating birds’ winter sanctuary, including the endangered bird species – dusky Canada geese, all 3 opened for public in full from 1st April. Jock Beall, who is a biologist at Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, told that the the vast majority of interior regions open up for around unrestricted walking. The birds become a whole lot more tolerant of people during spring. This time people could get a lot closer to them. This is also the best time for photography.


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