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    I like the wing shots nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by tripod View Post
    I like the wing shots nice
    Thanks. Daren was really glad to see you down at the pier today.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    Friday afternoon (9/8) my son Daren and I went back down to the marina to photograph the swallow-tailed gull. It moved to a location on the breakwater visible from the marina walkway at Anthony's Restaurant & Beach Cafe.

    I started out taking some photos with the 7DII + 500L telephoto lens + 1.4x TC mounted on a tripod.
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    I then swapped the 1.4x TC for a 2x TC. While the 2X TC got me closer, it also softened the photos to the extent that I could not make any close crops.
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    Here are more wing shots for Jerome. Click on the photos and you can see the softening, even though the focal point was spot on.
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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 09-10-2017 at 10:43 AM.
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    The gull is drawing birders from across the US and Canada. The miracles of cyber space and social media allow up-to-the minute updates on the bird's location. It was last reported at Pt. Wells as I type. This is good, as the fishing pier will be partially closed Saturday for cleaning.
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    Katy, the official mascot of the Puget Sound Bird Fest, was trying to talk the gull into staying for Bird Fest, which is next weekend. http://pugetsoundbirdfest.com/
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    A few forum members were on hand to photograph the gull. Can you spot them?
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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 09-09-2017 at 05:47 PM.
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    The swallow-tailed gull was not the only avian attraction at the waterfront Friday afternoon.

    Close-up of Katy the Kingfisher.
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    A second female kingfisher was perched on the marina side of metal breakwater at the marina entrance.
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    A flock of western sandpipers along with a lone sanderling was at Brackett's Landing. The sanderling (left) really stood out due to its size.
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    SIF (shorebirds in flight) shots.
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    Earlier that morning I had photographed some birds from my back deck.

    Male flicker on the roof of my shed. It had probably been feeding at the suet feeder.
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    Black-capped chickadee rejecting a seed from my bird feeder.
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    Juncos will probably pick it off the ground.
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    Red-breasted nuthatch. They bury seeds in the deep crevices of the bark of the four large Doug firs in my backyard.
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    Steller's jay begging for a peanut. I quit tossing out peanuts for the jays because it drew eastern gray squirrels up to my back deck. Earlier in the week at the marsh I talked to a couple from Minnesota who were in Edmonds for their daughter's wedding. They were hoping to see a Steller's jay as there aren't any in the Midwest.
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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 09-09-2017 at 05:50 PM.
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    Long-tailed weasels reside at Brackett's Landing. I got a decent shot of one a few years ago, but all I got Sunday (9/10) was a shot of its signature tail.

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    It's such a tough subject, Bill. Great that you got to see it (and got proof .

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    Monday (9/11) bird photos.

    A flicker at the feeder.
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    I usually don't get hummer activity at my house during the summer, but Monday morning two were chasing each other around the backyard.
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    One stopped to refuel. It looks like a female.
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    I went down to the marsh shortly before sunset.

    Long-billed dowitcher, probably the same one that has been spotted the past few days. I had to shoot through the cattails and rushes using -1 exposure compensation due to the horizontal light from the nearly setting sun.
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    The autumn recrudescence may be causing this heron to gather nesting material.
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    Here is a little bit about autumn recrudescence by Christine Elder, who will at Bird Fest this weekend.
    https://christineelder.com/autumnal-recrudescence/
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 09-12-2017 at 04:26 PM.
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