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Tom Talbott
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Photographing wildlife whenever possible.
Photographing wildlife whenever possible.

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Summer 2018

Katie and I spent the majority of the summer in Nine Mile Falls, WA on the farm she grew up on. It was a good place to hang out and not try to compete for camping sites during the peak of camping season. Katie had the opportunity to spend time with her father and help her niece Rachel with her Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) garden. I spent my free time following all of the new life that uses the farm during the summer to grow up and get ready for fall and winter. The farm had some good usual critters and some surprising ones as well.

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Summer 2018
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Spring 2018 Highlights

Our spring began with a month at my parent’s in Salem, OR as we waited for the weather to warm up. In mid-April we headed east over the Santiam Pass to start a slow journey north along the east side of the Cascade range. We spent time between Sisters, OR and Ellensburg, WA for about six weeks before heading farther east to Nine Mile Falls, WA and Katie’s father’s home. Great-horned owls became a major theme for this season as we came across nests and families in many locations along the way. Concentrating on an east-side spring was nice. It may not have had the flair of spring in the Arizona Sky Islands with their elegant trogons and red-faced warblers, but we enjoyed the spring birds including many buntings singing in the bushes.

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Winter 2018 Highlights

To the shock, and maybe even ‘awe’, of some of our friends and family, Katie and I chose to spend the winter in the northwest of Washington State this year. Some of this was due to the sale of our house and wanting to take care of things on that end, but it was also because we missed some semblance of winter. We stored our trailer at my parents' house in Salem, OR and after dealing with the house and holidays, we rented a nice guest house at Blanchard Mountain Farm for the month of January. This put us very close to some of our favorite winter birding locations and allowed Katie and I to concentrate on writing and work when we weren’t walking around in our muck boots. We stayed a couple more weeks at the Samish Island Pioneer House in February to continue our time in the area. After that we spent some time in Bellingham; Vancouver, BC; Duvall; and Seattle before heading south to my parents' home in Salem to start preparing our trailer for spring.

One of my goals was to spend time with the short-eared owls that frequent the Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Samish Flats. Unfortunately, their population in the area was much lower than my experience in previous years. Spending as much time as we did made it at least possible to see the few that were around. There were plenty of other regulars, though, and the rain was the only factor limiting our time in the muddy terrain.

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Winter 2018 Highlights
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Fall Highlights 2017

After the "Eclipse of 2017" in August, we escaped the smoke that was choking the Willamette Valley in Oregon by heading to the southern Oregon coast. We spent September and October slowly working our way from the Oregon Dunes near Florence to the Arcata Marsh in Arcata, California, a mere 322 miles apart. Our original plan back in the fall of 2016 was to head down the coast, but torrential rains drove us east of the Cascade Mountains and we didn't make it back. This fall gave us a chance to fill that gap in our travels.

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Fall 2017 Highlights
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Summer Highlights 2017

Much of this summer consisted of reconnecting with friends and family as we returned to the Pacific Northwest. As spring came to an end, we travelled north at a brisk pace, for us, trying to outrun the heat. We passed through the SW corner of Colorado and up through Utah's Canyonlands. We diverted through Boise, ID so that we could fly to Portland for my aunt's funeral and eventually landed in Nine Mile Falls, WA for about a month with Katie’s family. After that we headed back towards the Puget Sound region and spent lots of time socializing and taking care of things that had been put off for a year. We then headed to Salem, OR to be with my family and to experience our first total eclipse. We also had our trailer in the shop for a bit to deal with the few issues we ran into on our journey. With all of that going on, little to no photography was had after we left Nine Mile Falls. So, don’t be surprised that a number of this quarter’s highlights come from there

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Spring Highlights 2017

Katie and I spent most of this past spring in Southeast Arizona. I was determined to experience spring migration there since it is one of the major flyways for birds heading north for breeding and I had just missed it a couple of years prior. We also spent time in western New Mexico before we began our own migration north towards Spokane, WA.

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Winter Highlights 2016 / 2017

Now that Summer is here...oh right, some people reading this are just starting to get a hint of Spring. It is still March, so I guess that is technically true, but the 90-degree temperatures here in Arizona feels a lot more like August to us.

Luckily, our last three months have taken us into the Mojave Desert, through Southeast California (Joshua Tree National Park and the Salton Sea), and into Southern Arizona (Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Organ Pipe National Monument, Tucson Mountain Park, and Patagonia Lake). The warm days, with occasional freezing temperatures at night, have helped acclimatize us to the weather.

So, for those that are tired of the wind, rain, and snow, here is a bit of what you can look forward to in the coming months.

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Summer 2016 Highlights

Summer was dedicated to clearing out the house that Katie and I have lived in for 21 years. This included recycling, selling, giving away, and throwing away lots of stuff that has cluttered our lives for many years. Everything else had to fit in our truck and trailer or be stored somewhere. We also had a lot of work done on the house so that it would be rentable. Given all of that, not a lot of time was left for photography. Even so, I was able to find some nice shots.

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Summer 2016 Highlights
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Spring Highlights 2016
Feb 18, 2016 - Jun 17, 2016

This year has been extremely busy for Katie and I as we prepare for the "Next Big Thing®." (See http://eepurl.com/b5t6PD for details). Because of that, my excursions with the camera have been curtailed quite a bit, but I tried to get out to Discovery Park on every sunny morning I could manage. If anything, just to preserve my sanity.

Luckily, I was still able to find critters to photograph and below are highlights for this spring.
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Spring 2016 Highlights
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Winter Highlights 2015 / 2016

Nov 20, 2015 - Feb 9, 2016 

I am noticing definite changes outside: I see blossoms on my plum tree, I hear wrens singing in the yard and hummingbirds swooping past my head. I think it is time to call it: Winter is over. Time to put up my Winter Highlights album and start looking for spring birds beginning to nest and hang out in flowers.

This winter was spent relatively close to home with trips north into the Skagit Flats and south to Nisqually. It wouldn't be a Pacific Northwest winter album without a bunch of short-eared owls, so you will see plenty of them. But I didn't ignore our forest, shore, or water birds, many of which were found at my local haunt of Discovery Park. 
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Summer / Fall 2015 Highlights
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