Bill, I wish I was a professional and made all my $$ from photography, but I'm in the same boat as you, and love how you said it! I need to borrow that for times when people ask me the same question. Ha!
Regular visitors to this thread know that the Edmonds marsh is a favorite photography site for Terry and me. Today's Everett Herald (1/12) has a front page story about proposals to daylight Willow Creek, the primary Creek that flows through the marsh.
welcome aboard, Nancy! had a peek at your site... some really nice shots there! wish we had the wildlife opportunities here that you seem to have found. unfortunately, "wildlife" photography around here means mostly birds, with an occasional deer or coyote thrown in...
I had not seen the surf scoters near the fishing pier for at least two weeks. I think they were there Friday due to the disruption of their usual hangout by the ferry dock.
A heron landed at the marsh while I was at the #1 viewing platform.
I took this photo at -1 negative photo compensation to keep from over-exposing the white head feathers.
Several folks showed up at the #1 viewing platform, including Janine. We saw three herons in the marsh. While we were there, one of the Pt. Edwards eagles landed on the family tree at the top of Pine St.
Janine and I drove up to Pt. Edwards to stand beneath the tree and take some photos.
Monday afternoon (1-19-15) a yellow-rumped warbler was looking for food in the trees along the walkway on the north side of the Edmonds marsh.
From the #3 viewing platform I photographed another bird photographer taking shots of Weslie off the #1 viewing platform.
I later ran into the guy and told him that he need not have bothered climbing over the guard rail and walking into the marsh, as Weslie will pose very close to the viewing platform.
I was photographing some green-winged teals in the waterway closest to the #1 viewing platform when one suddenly took off.
A second later all the teals in the marsh took off. I immediately looked around for an eagle or hawk. One of the Pt. Edwards eagles passed directly over me. It did not land but continued flying south around Pt. Edwards.
Wednesday (1/21) afternoon a squadron of scoters was swimming off the fishing pier. Puget Sound, Mt. Baker, and Glacier Peak made a nice background.
Like bald eagles, male surf scoters are difficult to photograph on a sunny winter day due to the low sun reflecting off their bright white head feathers. I took advantage of Wednesday's overcast to photograph some males.
Periodically the scoters would swim close to the pier and dive to look for mussels imbedded in barnacles attached to the supports of the pier.
The Olympic Mountains made a nice background as well.
A passing motorboat frightened the squadron and gave me an opportunity to take shots of the scoters in flight.
Sunday (1/25) was very warm. Lots of people were out enjoying the sunshine at the marina, as was a common murre floating off the fishing pier.
Like the rhinoceros auklet and pigeon guillemot, the murre lowers itself against the water and opens its mouth to take a deep breath before diving. When you see that behavior, start firing away rapid fire for a dive sequence.
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