Photographic Excursions

Mountain Lion Photo Excursions

For those that prefer to hunt with a camera, we offer exciting guided photo excursions. These trips mainly focus on wild cougars, which are abundant here, but we often find other wildlife as well, such as, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, and mule deer. Capture the majesty of this wild place and find unique photo opportunities around every bend. Spend your days on the trails with our expert guide and nights relaxing in the luxury of the Lodge.

Book early as space is very limited. Please contact us for availability and pricing.

Bird Watching

For enthusiasts of all levels, bird watching at Middle Fork Lodge is rewarding. With such a wide range of birds nesting in the area, the Lodge is a great place for birding. Below is a list of birds that have be seen at near the Lodge. Most of these birds are in the area year round:

Bald Eagle: (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
L 31″-37″ W 70″-90″
Adults readily identified by white head and tail, huge yellow bill. First year birds are mostly dark, may be confused with immature Golden Eagles; compare blotchy white on under wing and tail with Golden Eagle’s more sharply defined pattern.

Golden Eagle: (Aquila chrysaetos)
L 30″-40″ W 80″-88″
Brown with variable golden wash over back of head and neck; bill mostly horn colored; tail faintly banded. Immature, seen in flight from below show well defined white patches at base of primaries, white tail with distinct dark terminal band.

Red Tailed Hawk: (Buteo jamaicensis)
L22″ W 50″
Wings broad and fairly rounded; plumage extremely variable. Most adult Redtails, show a belly band of dark streaks on whitish under parts, dark bar on leading edge of under wing, contrasting with paler wing linings. Note reddish upper tail; paler red under tail.

Osprey: (Pandion haliaetus)
L 22″-25″ W 58″- 72″
Dark brown above,white below, with white head, prominent dark eye stripe. Males are usually all white; females have a necklace of dark streaking. Immature plumage is edged with pale buff above.

American Kestrel: (Falco sparverius)
L 10 1/2″ W 23″
Smallest and most common of the falcons. Identified by russet black and tail, double black striped on white face. Seen in flight from below, often shows a distinctive row of translucent spots on trailing edge of wings.

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I feel honored to be part of the first group to stay at the remodeled MFL. Staff did an outstanding job, feeding us early and late. Great stay.

John French

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