Wildlife of Edmonds, WA. 2018

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Bill Anderson

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A new year means a new thread. The afternoon of New Year's day I took the 7DII + 500L telephoto lens + 1.4x teleconverter + tripod out to the fishing pier. Surf scoters were looking for mussels embedded in the barnacles attached to the pier supports.
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I need not have bothered lugging around the super telephoto setup as the birds were close enough to photograph with the handheld 1Dx + 100-400L telephoto zoom.
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Immature male surf scoter
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Female goldeneye
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Double-crested cormorant.
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Here is a link to photos from 2017.
http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showthread.php?14796-Wildlife-of-Edmonds-WA-2017
 
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A small flock of Brant were below Sunset Ave. Thursday afternoon (1-4-18). I don't know if this is a late group headed south or an early group headed north.
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A black scoter was off Sunset Ave. as well. I always see them here and not around the fishing pier like their cousins the surf scoters.
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Two male northern shovelers were in the large pond at Pine Ridge Park. One was swimming around in circles, typical of shovelers. One theory is that this creates a vortex which brings up food from the bottom.
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Preening.
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Wednesday afternoon (1-10-18) offered up a dark, but dry respite from the rain. I made a quick trip to the marsh while my son was working out at the gym.

The marsh in winter "plumage".
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I call this Killdeer Island due to all the killdeer on it.
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Set up the 7DII + 500L+ 1.4x teleconverter for closeups of the killdeer hunkered down on the island.
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A few were walking on the mud at the east end of the island.
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A pair of green-winged teals swam past the island.
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Lots of interesting birds Thursday afternoon (1-11-18), starting with a loon below the fishing pier.
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I wish it were an exotic Arctic loon (abundance of white lower body feathers).....
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but I'm sure its just the more prosaic Pacific loon (black "chin strap").
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High tides on Puget Sound and high water at the marsh forced the herons to hang out closer together than usual.
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Close ups with the 7DII + 500L + 1.4x teleconverter.
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One flew south over trees that line Willow Creek and landed somewhere on the old UnoCal grounds.
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Friday afternoon (1-12-18) a small flock of Harlequin ducks flew in.....
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and landed on the tethered log in the underwater dive park at Brackett's Landing North.
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I have not seen many goldeneye this year, but a pair of Barrow's goldeneye were in the Sound below Sunset Ave.

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MLK Monday (1-15-18) was sunny and fairly warm.

I started at the day at the marsh. Wesley, the resident male Anna's hummer, was busy putting on displays and chasing rivals from the tree behind the #2 viewing platform.
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Hunting for bugs near the #1 viewing platform.
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Continued....
 
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Continued from page 1....

We go from the smallest avian resident of the marsh to the largest.
Sleeping?
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No, just blinking.
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Next stop was Brackett's Landing north, where two Brant were swimming past the end of the jetty.
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Wesley or one of his buddies brightened up an otherwise rainy, dreary Thursday afternoon (1-18-18) at the marsh. The streaks in the background are raindrops photographed at 1/250 sec.

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Wednesday (1-24-18) shots from Sprague Pond at Mini Park in Lynnwood.

My quest for the storm wigeon came up empty once again as this is an ordinary wigeon.
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A small flock of ring-necked ducks was present.
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Friday afternoon (1-26-18) a friend led me to a secret location where a large flock of dunlin were taking shelter from the wind. All of these photos were taken at f/5.6 with the 1Dx + 100-400L II telephoto zoom.

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I should have been shooting these closeups at f/8 for a greater depth of field.
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Katy the marina kingfisher was perched on the concrete breakwater directly opposite the walkway out to the fishing pier.
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She decided to fly over to her usual perch on one of the salmon sculptures.
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