phy rigs—this is where
the advantage of digiscoping comes into play.
To your left are fresh-water pools preferred by
dabbling ducks, while
brackish tidal Spartina
marshes with saltwater
cord grasses can be seen
out the right window.
Here you will look for
clapper rails, brant, and
seaside sharp-tailed sparrows. Peregrine falcons
breed on hack towers,
and the area has traditionally been one of the
more reliable spots to
see barn owls as well.
Many a Big Day team armed with
spotting scopes have “ticked” off
barn owl on their checklist here,
where the birds roost by day in the
shadows of a hacking tower. “Brig”
is just too darned good to drive past
without a look!
Jeff Bouton is Marketing Manager for Leica Sport Optics, USA,
Nestled on the Washington side
of the Columbia River 15 miles
north of Portland, Oregon, Ridgefield NWR is a popular destination
for nature enthusiasts and amateur
and professional photographers
alike. The refuge is accessed by a
winding auto tour loop that skirts the
edge of the aptly named Rest Lake.
Here, the lakefront provides excellent views of waterfowl, shorebirds,
During the winter months, hundreds of elegant tundra swans, sandhill cranes, and cackling geese call
the refuge’s fields, woodlands, and
ponds home. Bald eagles, hawks,
and falcons cruise overhead, constantly keeping the flocks of waterfowl alert. Bird watchers can capture all of this activity—the essence
of Ridgefield—with the click of a
Jim Danzenbaker is the sales
manager for the Americas at Kowa