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    Default Edmonds Eagles 2016-17

    The return of an eagle signals the start of a new eagle season. Our locals fly off and stay somewhere for two months from mid-August to mid-October. I set Columbus Day as a target date for their return, but eagles don't read calendars.

    Friday afternoon (9/30/16) I saw one of the Lake Ballinger pair perching on the tall spar near its nest at the golf course.
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    The golf course and park are in Mountlake Terrace. The eagle took off and flew over the lake to a tree on the Edmonds side.
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    It had returned to the spar by the time I returned from my walk in the park. I was not quick enough to adjust the aperture setting of my camera to get both the eagle and plane in focus.
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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 10-01-2016 at 09:38 PM.
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    One of the Pt. Edwards eagles was at the marsh Saturday afternoon (10-1-16). It flew from Willow Creek to dry off on one of the poles by the railroad tracks.
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    I relocated to Admiral Way for a better shot.
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    After drying off it flew south around Pt. Edwards.
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    Tuesday morning (10-11-16) from the fishing pier I spotted a far-off Hutt Park eagle on its usual perch.
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    One of the Pt. Edwards pair was getting harassed by an evil minion of the dark Lord while it was perched on its tree at the top of Pine St. The tree is now located next to the construction site of new apartments. I took these shots at -1 exposure compensation to keep from blowing out the white head feathers.
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    I also like how it darkens the sky to make the eagle really stand out..
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    Its mate was enjoying a much better view from the end of Pt. Edwards Place. These shots were taken without any exposure compensation.
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    Saturday afternoon (10/16) the Pt. Edwards pair provided some action at the marsh before the (not so) big storm moved in. Eagles don't share and the pair kept flying in and out of the marsh trying to out-maneuver each other for possession of what was left of a duck carcass.

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    View of the eagles and the marsh with the 100mm end of my 100-400L II telephoto zoom. It shows why I need at least a 400mm telephoto lens to photograph birds.
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    One of the eagles got tired of the squabbling and flew east with the carcass toward City Park.
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    Its mate followed.
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    The past two days the Pt. Edwards eagles have been putting on a show at their usual perch by the ferry dock. Tuesday afternoon (10-18-16) they made a flight out over the Sound to look for fish.

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    They returned empty-taloned a few minutes later.

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    I am still adjusting to the new computer and photo processing program, so these photos may look a little odd.

    Perch have been running off the fishing pier, which has attracted fishermen of all sorts: people, eagles, seals, and gulls. The Pt. Edwards eagles were especially active Thursday (10-27) as they flew between the marina to hunt & eat and the marsh to drink & bathe.

    I had just relinquished my spot on the fishing pier to some crabbers when one of the eagles made a mid-air kill of a gull in front of them. I had relocated to the picnic table near the restroom and caught the eagle flying in with its prey.
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    The eagles usually ignore the pesky crows except during dinner time.
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    The crabbers told me about the kill and were sorry I had missed photographing it. I told them fishermen and nature photographers have something in common: "the one that away."
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    The action continued Friday afternoon as perch continued to swim below the fishing pier. The eagles flew in front and above us as they hunted, which afforded some dramatic closeups.

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    Wow! Looks like cell-phone range ..

    Terry

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