Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is located within the city limits of Hillsboro, Oregon in the United States. It's 635 acres is home to over 150 species of birds, and a diverse collection of native plants and animals. As with any visit to a wildlife park or preserve, what you see is a product of random chance. On my next visit I could compile an entirely different collection of photos. I captured the majority of these with a 70-200 lens combined with a 1.4 extender. This was also the combination I used while on safari in Africa, and while definitely better than a point-and-shoot, it left me longing for at least twice that focal length.
1: A Tree Swallow perches on a metal fencepost. These cute little birds were abundant within the preserve.
2-3: There were many bird boxes within the preserve. They seem to be all populated by tree swallows. When not nesting in bird boxes they will seek out cavities within trees.
4: A male tree swallow perches on a tree branch. The males have bright blue plumage, and the females are a dull brown.
5: This little guy is a killdeer, which is a type of plover. They are common throughout North America.
6-7: Camas is a native plant to the area. The bulbs are actually edible. I discovered a bee on one gathering some pollen.
8: This bird is a western tanager. As was in this case, sometimes I have no idea what bird I'm looking at. An easy way to find out is to visit the Merlin bird identification tool on Allaboutbirds.
9: A great blue heron sits on a log within Pintail Pond, one of the many water features of the preserve. These are the largest herons in North America.
10: A red winged blackbird perches on a twig. The males have the red and yellow patch emblazoned on their shoulder. This species of bird can be found all over North America.
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