Sunday, March 18, 2012
This extremely lousy photo was taken on St. Pat's Day, 2012, near Finley NWR. My excuse is the bird was a long way away. However, Thomas Meinzen took some very good photos right after I was there with my friends John and Barbara. Here is the link to his pictures:
The experts say this is a female gray phase Gyrfalcon. At that distance (4 telephone poles), I was doing well to identify it as a raptor. It had, apparently, just feasted on a water bird and was digesting its meal. I did better at photographing the mob of birders that had come from as far away as England (well, someone from England was in Portland at the time so came down to see the Gyr).