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    Several species were amassing their forces far offshore in preparation for the annual winter invasion.

    Black scoters, surf scoters, and a single common murre can be seen in this photo.
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    Several Bonaparte's gulls were flying around the underwater dive park. One rather large flock flew in from the north and landed out in the Sound.
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    I wonder if these were the mystery birds I asked about earlier this week.
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    The parasitic Jaeger was off Sunset Ave. again Monday (9/25/17) around noon. I accidentally got some photos of it as I was shooting the flocks of Bonaparte's gulls.

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    Around noon Wednesday (9/27) a single cackling single goose was present among the Canada geese at Mini Park/Sprague Pond in Lynnwood.
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    Although the cackling goose bears superficial resemblance to the Canada goose, it is about 1/3 the size. Its size can be seen in comparison to these crows...
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    and Canada geese.
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    Its bill is much shorter than that of the Canada goose, as seen in this photo.
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    A few birds from Friday (9/29).

    Savannah sparrows on the jetty at Brackett's Landing.
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    Two long-billed dowitchers were among a group of Killdeer at the marsh. I didn't notice the dowitchers until I looked at the photos on my computer.
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    A common murre was bathing itself by the fishing pier on Saturday, the last day of September.

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    The murre would roll over on its back like a dog or cat.
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    Monday (10/2) Wesley (or his successor) was back at his usual perches near the #1 viewing platform of the marsh. I was shooting at 1/2000, f/8 with the 5DIII + 500L telephoto + 1.4x TC, tripod mounted.

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    Not even 1/2000 is fast enough to freeze Wesley's wings.
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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 10-02-2017 at 07:53 PM.
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    Earlier this week I purchased a used Canon 1Dx from Kenmore Camera. I have wanted one ever since the model was released, but I could not afford/justify/rationalize (pick one) spending $6500+ on a new one. My 1Dx was one of two that were traded in by the Seattle Times and put up for sale at a price I could afford.

    One of my primary reasons for wanting a 1Dx is for low light photography when shooting owls and other birds under the thick tree canopies of some of our city parks. I put the camera to the test Thursday (10/5) when my son and I went owl hunting at Pine Ridge Park. It was fairly dark in the park. Except where noted, these photos were all taken in jpeg at 1/500, f/8, and auto ISO with minimal processing (crop + auto-adjust) using the 100-400L II telephoto zoom. The ISO settings are posted above each photo.

    While we failed to find Aurora, the resident barred owl, we came up big on woodpeckers. A red-breasted sapsucker and a flicker led off a three woodpecker afternoon.

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    The big show was put on by the pileated woodpeckers. We were surrounded by four or five different birds working the ground and trees. I suspect they are the same two adults and three juvies that we photographed in their nearby burrow last summer before the juvies fledged.

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    ISO = 51200 This shot is heavily cropped. I wanted to capture the woodpecker's tongue and see how the "noisy" photo would turn out under a worse case scenario of high ISO + close crop.
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    Several times we saw two birds working the same tree. I'll have to research the territorial behavior of pileated woodpeckers, as I am curious if the juvies will remain in the park.
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    f/8, ISO = 51200
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    Terry says I will have to start shooting in RAW to make th4e most of the 1Dx.
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    The juvie Cooper's(?) hawk continues to hang out at the marsh. It was perched on the old martin gourd hanger in front of the #2 viewing platform when I arrived Friday afternoon (10/6). I had the 1Dx + 100-400L II telephoto zoom in hand and knew it would take off if I returned to the car for my super telephoto package. The hawk stayed on its perch for several minutes, then flew to a tree near the #3 viewing platform.
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    I flew to the pickup to get the 5DIII + 500L telephoto + 1.4X and tripod. The hawk accommodated me and spent several minutes in the tree. I remained at the #2 platform with the super telephoto package.
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    The hawk flew to the swallow box near the #3 platform, sat there for a few minutes, and swooped down to the ground.
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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 10-07-2017 at 09:22 AM.
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    The hawk returned to the swallow box (missed that sequence), then flew to one of the dead trees bordering Willow Creek on the far south side of the marsh.

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    Wishing I had a $uper, $uper telephoto package. Some will point out that the hawk probably looks the same from a distance as it does when perched nearby at the old martin gourd stand.

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    The hawk is relatively easy to photograph as it will remain perched in one spot for several minutes. When you arrive at the marsh, check the old martin gourd stand first, as it does not mind being that close to people. Like many other raptors, it will often give you a heads up before it takes off by letting out a poop.
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 10-07-2017 at 09:33 AM.
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