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    Friday (10/10) Terry and I were photographing herons at the marsh when all 7-8 of them flew up at once. That usually signals the arrival of an eagle. Less than a minute later I spotted one flying in from the vicinity of Marina Beach. I am always amazed how the herons can spot an eagle before I can. I tracked it with my 7D + 100-400L telephoto zoom.
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    The eagle made a semi-circle and landed by Willow Creek on the far south side of the marsh.
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    The eagle remained by the creek for several minutes and the herons returned. You can see the eagle in the distance on the ground.
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    I had mounted my 5DIII + 500L telephoto + 2x teleconverter on a tripod and took these shots with that setup. Despite the cloud cover, I still had to underexpose the shots to keep from blowing out the eagle's bright white head and tail feathers. I also had to use fine focus to keep the camera from locking on to intervening blades of grass which were barely visible through the viewfinder.

    The eagle spent several minutes on the ground by the creek, but did not appear to be eating, drinking, or bathing. We wondered if it were waiting to ambush some returning ducks.
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    The eagle eventually flew to a nearby pole adjacent to the railroad tracks on the west side of the marsh.
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    This thread is off to a great start, Bill!

    Pretty good ecosystem in that marsh.


    Chad

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    Quote Originally Posted by photographmemories View Post
    This thread is off to a great start, Bill!

    Pretty good ecosystem in that marsh.


    Chad
    Could you say it is off to a "flying" start?

    More info on the marsh and efforts to improve its ecosystem by daylighting Willow Creek. The video is over 30 minutes long, but it is well worth watching.
    http://myedmondsnewstv.com/edmonds-m...-creek-salmon/
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    Definitely a 'flying start,' Bill . Lets hope it continues!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry O View Post
    Definitely a 'flying start,' Bill . Lets hope it continues!
    So far I have only seen one eagle, so I don't think its mate has returned yet. Based on what I have seen in previous years, I don't think the two travel together as a pair when they take their annual two month "Sabbatical".
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    Wednesday morning (10/15) as I was driving my son to tennis in nearby Mountlake Terrace, I noticed that one of the Lake Ballinger eagles has returned. After dropping my son off, I returned to take some photos.

    It was very dark and started raining after I arrived.
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    Artsy shot using Picasa'a auto contrast feature. The wind was blowing fairly hard as well, but the eagle did not seek the shelter of its nest.
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    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    Our local resident bald eagle season runs from mid-October through mid-August. The eagles disappear from mid-August through mid-October. I don't know there they go, but I assume it is somewhere where salmon are spawning.
    One of my contacts at the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) replied that our local eagles have been know to travel as far Alaska and California, but they primarily fly to British Columbia. I am surprised they go that far as the Stillaguamish, Skagitt, and Noosack rivers are all fairly close and have good salmon runs.

    So far I have seen the return of one of the Pt.Edwards and one of the Lake Ballinger eagles. I believe both are males. Based on my photos from previous years, I don't think mated pairs spend the "off season" together; but they both eventually return to the "family" nesting territory to recontact their mate for the new breeding season.
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    More eagles are returning to the area.

    Thursday (10/16/14) Janine and I saw a subadult flying southeast from the Sound towards the marsh.
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    Friday (10/17/14) I photographed what I believe is one of the Hutt Park eagles in the firs near the Shell Creek spit.
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    I then drove to Marina Park to catch one of the Pt. Edwards pair making a run over the Sound and back to its perch.
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    One of the Pt. Edwards eagles was back at its nest Sunday (10/19/14) afternoon. I don't think the second eagle has returned yet.

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