Winter in the Klamath Basin

The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge is a large complex of refuges on the California/Oregon border. Every winter over 500 Bald Eagles choose to winter here because of the abundance of wintering snow geese and tundra swans that use the refuge through the winter. A couple of years ago I made several trips up there to photograph wildlife but never made it back in 2014. I got a new lens and could not think of a better place to try it out so I made a quick trip up there last week. I think I got a pretty good representation of the wildlife you can find on the refuge in the photographs I took.

Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Bald Eagles
Mule Deer
Coyote
Red-tailed Hawk

31 thoughts on “Winter in the Klamath Basin

      1. I feel the same. I feel so fortunate to be able to travel these nearby areas to see and photograph so much wildlife with out venturing in the heavy populace of the large cities. I so love the wide open spaces. πŸ™‚

  1. Wow! What a wonderful place to visit … and you captured the diversity of wildlife beautifully. Do you have to travel far – day trip or extended stay? Like all of your photos but I stall on the buck images – love that grass in the background and the contrast of creamy tan and dark brown. Nice work Alison!

    1. Thanks Nick! It is about a 5 hour drive. I usually drive up really early in the morning, shoot all day, stay overnight, shoot in the morning and then drive back home. Yes, the deer are fairly tame as are the other animals on the refuges. It makes for great photo opportunities. Got to love our Wildlife Refuges! πŸ™‚

  2. I love the Klamath Basin Wildlife areas. We were there last summer, but these images really make me want to Return. I especially love your Bald Eagles. They are really stunning. The thing with wildlife refugees is that it’s always a different experience whenever you go!

    1. Thank you Keevan. It is an amazing place especially in Winter and early Spring. The eagles are great of course and in March the huge flocks of snow geese are an incredible sight. Highly recommend you visit if you can. πŸ™‚

  3. Very nice wildlife photos. The bold eagles are beautiful! πŸ™‚ We see them up here during spring and summer, before they go south again.

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