Everett, WA

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Bill Anderson

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Sunday (8-19-18) was the second day of my son's Special Olympics state softball tournament. Between games we photographed birds on the Port Gardner Channel from South View Park, located along Marine View Drive north of the boat launch. I set up the 7DII + 500L telephoto + 2x III teleconverter for the long shots. The sun was screened by the smoke from wildfires, which helped cut down heat waves.

The channel is famous for its osprey colony. The osprey nests are built atop old pilings that were once used to tie up log rafts from the many mills that used to be in Everett.

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Bill Anderson

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#2
More osprey photos.

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An osprey, Caspian tern, and a flotilla of common mergansers.

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I saw a large flock of small shorebirds fly off as I was setting up my equipment. This small flock flew by after I was set up.

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Closer shot of the mergansers.

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Bill Anderson

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#3
This year's Special Olympics bowling season will be held at Evergreen Lanes in Everett during September and October. There was a special
pre-season bowling session for the athletes Saturday (8-25-18) afternoon, so I dropped my son off at the bowling alley and headed down to the marina.

Once again I set up at South View Park . Although it was cool, cloudy, and overcast; smoke from the wildfires still persisted. At least I did not have to deal with heat waves like on sunny days. The closest osprey nest is a two story affair which held two fledglings.

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There are several more nests in the channel and lots of osprey. Two of them shared the channel with a wind surfer.

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One was perched across the channel on Jetty Island.

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Bill Anderson

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Another was perched in a tree on the bluff above the railroad yard.

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A fledgling was flying over the water and landed near the nest.

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Bill Anderson

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#6
There have been reports on Tweeters of a great egret at the Everett marina. This will be the second or third year one has been spotted there in the fall. Terry got some stunning photos of the egret last year.

Tuesday (10-9-18) Daren and I went up to the marina after his morning All Aboard bowling to see what we could find. When we arrived, the egret was at the far eastern end of the Pt. Gardner channel between the eastern end of the marina parking lot and Marine View Dr. I was pleased to find that the there is no parking fee after Sept. 30.

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The tide was coming in fast and the egret flew to the log boom tied up next to the booat launch. I was told that is its favorite location if it is not being harassed by the herons.

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I relocated for some closer shots.

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squirl033

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Nice find, Bill... I remember the egret hanging around the marina boat launch area for about 6 weeks in early fall of 2015.. got tons of photo of it while it was there.
 


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