Wildlife of Edmonds, WA. 2018

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Bill Anderson

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#21
Last Saturday (1-27-18) a flock of Canada geese landed at the marsh while I was out photographing.

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With the right cropping, the marsh looks like it is in the middle of nowhere.
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Bill Anderson

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#22
There is an old phrase, "That's just ducky." I don't know what it means, but the last day of January was literally "just ducky."

Surf scoters off the fishing pier.
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This immature male flew a short distance, then landed. Due to the poor light I was shooting at 1/500, which was not enough to freeze the wings and splashing water.
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The scoters pick off mussels that are embedded in the barnacles that are attached to the supports of the pier.
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Bill Anderson

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#24
It was getting very dark by the time I got to Pine Ridge Park, where several species of ducks were in the large pond.

Wood ducks
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Ring-necked duck
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Green-winged teal
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Northern shovelers
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Bill Anderson

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#25
The dunlin were still present at Marina Beach Park Friday afternoon (2-2-18). This time I shot at f/16 to avoid depth of field problems.

One group was hunkered down inside the marina.
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While another group was on the beach.
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Between the two groups was a baby seal.
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An eagle flew overhead......
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which put the two groups to flight.
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Bill Anderson

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#29
More flight shots. I really must get the sensor cleaned if I am going to shoot with such small aperture settings.
I just found out Tuesday that Kenmore Camera does sensor cleanings. I left the 1Dx there and will start cycling my others cameras through after it is cleaned. The sensor of the 1Dx was dirty from its years of service at the Seattle Times. The sensors of my other cameras need cleaning once every 2-3 years.
 

Bill Anderson

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#30
Thursday afternoon (2-8-18) I was going stir crazy, so I went out despite the rain, gloom, and doom.

Herons were leaving the marsh and the adjacent Unocal grounds and headed towards the marina.
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This one circled the marsh before heading out.
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One of the Pt. Edwards eagles took no notice of the evacuation.
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I suspect the herons are trying take advantage of the afternoon low tide to get in some late beach combing before dark, like this one I found at Brackett's Landing North.
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squirl033

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I just found out Tuesday that Kenmore Camera does sensor cleanings. I left the 1Dx there and will start cycling my others cameras through after it is cleaned. The sensor of the 1Dx was dirty from its years of service at the Seattle Times. The sensors of my other cameras need cleaning once every 2-3 years.
When did you get the 1Dx? I take it you got it used? I typically clean my sensors once every 12-18 months, as needed. They're "self-cleaning", so they don't need attention often, but every so often a dust-bunny will sneak in there, and I'll have to break out the cleaner and swabs...
 

Bill Anderson

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When did you get the 1Dx? I take it you got it used? I typically clean my sensors once every 12-18 months, as needed. They're "self-cleaning", so they don't need attention often, but every so often a dust-bunny will sneak in there, and I'll have to break out the cleaner and swabs...
I bought it used last year at Kenmore Camera. It was a Seattle Times trade-in and the sensor was probably never cleaned. I could get away with a dirty sensor as long as I was not shooting sky and/or small aperture settings. The numerous black dots that were not birds got really annoying in flight shots at f/16.
 
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Bill Anderson

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#36
Friday (2-9-18) was a good day for photos of the raptors that hang out at the marsh.

The red-tailed hawk that likes to perch in a tree on the east end of the marsh near the highway also perches in the raptor tree on the fish hatchery grounds.
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The juvie Cooper's hawk that we have been photographing at the marsh since August perched on the boardwalk rail near the #1 viewing platform. I suspect it is one of last summer's fledglings from City Park.
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Bill Anderson

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#37
I dragged out the 7DII + 500L telephoto + 1.4x TC to photograph the Copper's hawk, but it took off before I could get the tripod set up. I used the super telephoto combo to take shots of other birds at the marsh.

Great blue herons hiding in the grass. I didn't think I was that close to them, but they both took off as I walked down the boardwalk to the #1 viewing platform.
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A heron and some killdeer.
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Green-winged teals in the small waterway off the #1 viewing platform.
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Ducks (gadwall?) in flight. For a large telephoto lens, the 500L tracks fairly well from the tripod.
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Bill Anderson

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Birds from Tuesday (2-13-18).

I caught one of my nemesis birds, a ruby-crowned kinglet, at the Willow Creek fish hatchery.
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Canada geese leaving the marsh.
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A male belted kingfisher (Don?) sat atop the railroad signal below Sunset Ave.
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Bill Anderson

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#40
Thursday (2-15-18) at the marsh.

Whenever the sentinels of the marsh start looking up and around like this, I start looking for an incoming eagle.
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Another heron landed, which spooked the others.
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They quickly landed and settled down.
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A lone yellow-rumped warbler was flitting about near the outdoor tennis courts.
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