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    For the past few mornings I have heard a pair of...

    For the past few mornings I have heard a pair of varied thrush about three houses away calling to each other. I wish they were in my yard.
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    After the owl and harrier flew away, I positioned...

    After the owl and harrier flew away, I positioned myself to take some artsy photos with Skagit Bay and the Olympic Mountains in the background.
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    The flock of dunlin had settled down on a...
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    A large eagle nest is on the other side of the...

    A large eagle nest is on the other side of the access road. Local birders have named the pair Martha and George. I stopped to photograph the single eagle that was present.
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    I drove the...
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    Our last stop (and last chance) for a short-eared...

    Our last stop (and last chance) for a short-eared owl sighting was a DFW site off Fir Island Rd. which has recently undergone restoration.
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    A flock of dunlin was in a field next to the...
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    The hawk left the tree and perched on driftwood...

    The hawk left the tree and perched on driftwood and a dead tree in the slough.
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    Still no short-eared owls, but we had one more stop to make on Fir Island where a...
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    Next stop was Wylie Slough, a DFW site on Fir...

    Next stop was Wylie Slough, a DFW site on Fir island.

    A (Coopers/sharp-shinned?) hawk was perched in a tree near the entrance to the east parking lot.
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    A birder pointed out this black...
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    Our next stop was the end of Rawlings Rd. on Fir...

    Our next stop was the end of Rawlings Rd. on Fir Island by Skagit Bay near the North Fork of the Skagit River.

    The temperature remained cold enough to keep the water frozen in some roadside...
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    The best show was put on by the northern harriers...

    The best show was put on by the northern harriers that patrol the area.
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    One flushed several meadowlarks that were in a field.
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    Closeup shots included a western meadowlark,...

    Closeup shots included a western meadowlark,
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    a female kestrel,
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    Skagit Trip 2-19-18

    My son and I made a trip to Skagit County on Presidents Day in search of the elusive short-eared owl. Although I have seen many of them in the past, there has been a dearth of sightings this year...
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    Very nice consolation prize.

    Very nice consolation prize.
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    There has been nothing of interest to photograph...

    There has been nothing of interest to photograph at the marsh except the resident great blue herons.
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    A small flock of Harlequin ducks was resting on the tethered log at...
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    Friday afternoon (2-16-18) a male Anna's...

    Friday afternoon (2-16-18) a male Anna's hummingbird kept perching on the twig of a blackberry bramble above the tracks by Sunset Ave. Since all of our local hummers must have names, Casey sounds...
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    Thursday (2-15-18) at the marsh. Whenever...

    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...
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    Thursday (2-15-18) was grim and gloomy, so I...

    Thursday (2-15-18) was grim and gloomy, so I tried to brighten things up with the HDR settings of my 5DIII + 24-105L wide angle zoom.

    Art Bold is a little too bright.
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    Art Standard...
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    I photographed several eagles on Valentine's Day...

    I photographed several eagles on Valentine's Day (2-14-18).

    Crows helped me spot both members of what I believe were the Hutt Park pair. One was in the trees near the Shell Creek spit.
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    1Dx + 100-400L II telephoto zoom. 23935 7DII...

    1Dx + 100-400L II telephoto zoom.
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    7DII + 500L telephoto + 1.4x TC
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    My fascination with the marsh at winter continued...

    My fascination with the marsh at winter continued on Valentine's Day (2-14-18).

    5DIII + 24-105L wide angle zoom.
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    1Dx + 100-400L II telephoto zoom.
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    Birds from Tuesday (2-13-18). I caught one of...

    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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    We drove down to Sunset Ave. where I got some...

    We drove down to Sunset Ave. where I got some grab shots of what I believe were the Hutt Park pair. I didn't know that one was trying to steal the other's fish until I looked at the photos on the...
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    More grab shots. 23915 23916 23917 The...

    More grab shots.
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    The shots were getting soft as the bird flew out of focus.
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    My son and I were driving around Pt. Edwards in...

    My son and I were driving around Pt. Edwards in search of the resident eagle pair when I spotted both of them in the sentry tree near their nest. I grabbed a few shots with the 1Dx + 100-400L II...
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    A few Brant were on the beach north of Brackett's...

    A few Brant were on the beach north of Brackett's Landing Sunday (2-11-18) at sunset.

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    The marsh can have an artsy look in the winter. ...

    The marsh can have an artsy look in the winter.

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    I dragged out the 7DII + 500L telephoto + 1.4x TC...

    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...
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