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    Reminder that the Puget Sound Bird Fest is this coming weekend in Edmonds. Tyler Hartje will teaching a photography class. Check the schedule here:
    http://pugetsoundbirdfest.com/
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    Wednesday evening (9/13) I set up on Sunset Ave. to photograph the sunset. Shortly after sunset, a large mass of birds took off from the Shell Creek spit. Most appeared to be gulls. One flock of birds; however, did not look or fly like gulls or Caspian terns. The birds flew very fast in a tight formation low to the water. They looked and flew like sandpipers, but they were much, much larger than the least and western sandpipers we have been seeing recently at Brackett's Landing.

    Since I was there to photograph the sunset, I did not have my 500L telephoto lens and 1.4x TC set up. I hope someone can take a stab at identifying the birds by their silhouette and flight pattern from these shots I took with the 100-400mm telephoto zoom.

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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 09-14-2017 at 12:47 AM.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    Could be plovers of some sort... definitely not gulls or terns.. they don't fly in tight groups like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squirl033 View Post
    Could be plovers of some sort... definitely not gulls or terns.. they don't fly in tight groups like that.
    I got five replies from people on Tweeters: four votes for black-bellied plovers and one vote for terns or small gulls. I'm amazed anyone can ID the birds from those shots.

    I returned last night with the 500L + 1.4x TC hoping for a repeat performance, but no such luck.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    My bird photos and I finally got our 15 seconds of fame.
    http://www.king5.com/entertainment/t...onds/475320951
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    I went out to the fishing pier Friday afternoon (9/15) to get in a final photo shoot before Bird Fest. A great blue heron was snagging fish from the marina breakwater opposite the pier.
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    What would cause the heron to suddenly fly away from the dinner table in a huff?
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    The answer lies in the lower right corner of the photo.
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    Two river otters were swimming north along the breakwater. Gulls perched on the breakwater also left amid much noise.
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    The otter's muscular tail.
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    The otters disappeared into a passage at the northwest corner of the breakwater......
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    and emerged on top of the breakwater.
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    Both otters swam out off Olympic Beach between the breakwater and the ferry dock.
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    But only one returned with a fish.
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    The otters swam along the metal breakwater below the walkway out to the fishing pier.....
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    then climbed out on the rocks of the breakwater.
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    The otters did not stay long, but swam around the corner of the breakwater and headed south back along the same route where I first started photographing them.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    Catching up on photos from Bird Fest weekend.

    Friday morning, 9/15.
    Closeups of the juvie Cooper's hawk that appeared in the King 5 Evening Magazine video.

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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 09-19-2017 at 12:07 PM.
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    Later that afternoon from the fishing pier. A female kingfisher flew to the spot where the otters had been a few minutes earlier.

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