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    Default Wildlife of Edmonds, WA. 2018

    A new year means a new thread. The afternoon of New Year's day I took the 7DII + 500L telephoto lens + 1.4x teleconverter + tripod out to the fishing pier. Surf scoters were looking for mussels embedded in the barnacles attached to the pier supports.
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    I need not have bothered lugging around the super telephoto setup as the birds were close enough to photograph with the handheld 1Dx + 100-400L telephoto zoom.
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    Immature male surf scoter
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    Female goldeneye
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    Double-crested cormorant.
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    Here is a link to photos from 2017.
    http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showt...dmonds-WA-2017
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 01-01-2018 at 09:07 PM.
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    A small flock of Brant were below Sunset Ave. Thursday afternoon (1-4-18). I don't know if this is a late group headed south or an early group headed north.
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    A black scoter was off Sunset Ave. as well. I always see them here and not around the fishing pier like their cousins the surf scoters.
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    Two male northern shovelers were in the large pond at Pine Ridge Park. One was swimming around in circles, typical of shovelers. One theory is that this creates a vortex which brings up food from the bottom.
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    Preening.
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    Wednesday afternoon (1-10-18) offered up a dark, but dry respite from the rain. I made a quick trip to the marsh while my son was working out at the gym.

    The marsh in winter "plumage".
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    I call this Killdeer Island due to all the killdeer on it.
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    Set up the 7DII + 500L+ 1.4x teleconverter for closeups of the killdeer hunkered down on the island.
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    A few were walking on the mud at the east end of the island.
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    A pair of green-winged teals swam past the island.
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    Lots of interesting birds Thursday afternoon (1-11-18), starting with a loon below the fishing pier.
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    I wish it were an exotic Arctic loon (abundance of white lower body feathers).....
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    but I'm sure its just the more prosaic Pacific loon (black "chin strap").
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    Bright white mew gulls contrasted nicely with the background of dark clouds.

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    Two cormorants did fly-bys.

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    Pelagic
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    Hummers entertained at the marsh.

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    Wesley?
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    High tides on Puget Sound and high water at the marsh forced the herons to hang out closer together than usual.
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    Close ups with the 7DII + 500L + 1.4x teleconverter.
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    One flew south over trees that line Willow Creek and landed somewhere on the old UnoCal grounds.
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    Friday afternoon (1-12-18) a small flock of Harlequin ducks flew in.....
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    and landed on the tethered log in the underwater dive park at Brackett's Landing North.
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    I have not seen many goldeneye this year, but a pair of Barrow's goldeneye were in the Sound below Sunset Ave.

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    MLK Monday (1-15-18) was sunny and fairly warm.

    I started at the day at the marsh. Wesley, the resident male Anna's hummer, was busy putting on displays and chasing rivals from the tree behind the #2 viewing platform.
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    Hunting for bugs near the #1 viewing platform.
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    Continued....
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 01-16-2018 at 12:17 PM.
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