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    Default Wildlife of Edmonds, WA. 2013

    Being retired, I am out nearly every day taking photos of wildlife (primarily birds) in Edmonds, WA., my home for the past 20+ years. Most of my photography is done about five minutes from my house in what is referred to as the Edmonds Birdmuda Triangle. Included within the triangle are the marina and fishing pier, Brackett's Landing and the underwater dive park, the Edmonds marsh, Willow Creek fish hatchery, and the Pt. Edwards walkway. Other local wild life photography spots are Yost Park in Edmonds and Scriber Lake in nearby Lynnwood.

    Rather than start a new thread every time I'm out about town taking photos, I'll just post them in this thread with a brief description.

    Question: I have several Canon cameras and lenses. Are you the viewers interested in the specific cameras and lenses I used to take the photos, or would you rather I don't bother posting that info?

    Friday (1/25) was our last sunny day in what has been a very dark, wet autumn and winter. Here are a few photos from that day.

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    Bewick's wren in my backyard.
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    Great blue heron at the marina.
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    Pt. Edwards eagle pair in the raptor tree at the Willow Creek fish hatchery. Something got them riled up (not me) and they began screeching
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    Hutt Park eagle pair in a faaaar distant tree (not visible to the naked eye) northeast of Brackett's Landing.
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    Cormorants and gulls perched on a log anchored in the underwater dive park at Brackett's Landing.
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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 09-19-2013 at 09:56 PM.
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    Great shots, especially of the rare two headed eagle.
    "Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment." - Ansel Adams

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    awesome shots!! your lucky to live so close to where you go to take photos!

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    Here is my contribution to the coyote series started by JaniceL.

    Coyotes reside at the Edmonds marsh and can sometimes be seen at the adjacent fish hatchery or Pt. Edwards walkway, which runs half the length of the Pt. Edwards condos.

    Pt. Edwards walkway, 3-7-11. The coyote ran right past two condo maintenance workers and a woman having coffee on the back porch of her ground level condo.
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    Unoco grounds below the Pt. Edwards walkway just west of the fish hatchery on 1-3-13. I wonder if this is the same coyote I had photographed two years earlier.
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    Note the bare tail. The coyote may have caught it on something which ripped the skin off, like the chain link fence I was shooting through.
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    BobH: I figured out how to attach photos into the text. When I do it that way, they are posted in the correct order. I went back and edited my first post in this thread.

    Update: Fast forward to post #214 of this thread for more photos of the Edmonds marsh/Pt.Edwards coyote.
    http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showt...onds-WA/page22
    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 11-08-2013 at 12:28 AM.
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    A little bit about my photo philosophy. You could consider me a chronicler of animal behavior as I like to photograph wildlife in action rather than try to create the perfect portrait of a bird or coyote. That is why I take hundreds of shots a day shooting rapid fire in jpeg and why I avoid extensive post processing.

    I have also steered clear of nature photography websites where photos are picked apart with such comments as: if only the bird's head had been cocked a little to the left. My response would be: tell that to the bird, not to me.

    As an example of my photo style, here is a sequence I shot Tuesday (1/29) from inside the Edmonds marina with my "walk & stalk" weapons of choice: Canon's 5D Mk III + 100-400L zoom. It was dark and raining, which precluded nice, crisp photos using low ISO settings. My 5D Mk III can handle ISO settings up to 12800 without too much noise as long as I don't have to crop. Unfortunately; my subjects seldom walk, fly, or swim directly up to my feet; so I always have to crop.

    A female goldeneye caught a gunnel......
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    ......which in turn caught the eye of a gull that swooped down in the hopes of stealing an easy dinner.
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    The goldeneye caught sight of the gull and dove.
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    The gull made a few more attempts at the goldeneye's meal, but she eventually swam away and ate it undisturbed.
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    Wednesday (1/30) I made the my usual rounds of the Edmonds Birdmuda Triangle. It was overcast all day, but I was getting cabin fever. If I waited for a sunny day, I would never get outside.

    Lots of small birds were foraging for bugs in the leaves along the marsh walkway.

    I came across several song sparrows doing their imitation of a fox sparrow.
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    Then I saw a real fox sparrow.
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    A Bewick's wren was doing the same thing at the fish hatchery grounds.
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    As was a flock of golden-crowned sparrows by the retention pond at the end of the Pt. Edwards walkway.
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    As I walked along the Pt. Edwards walkway back to the fish hatchery where my pickup was parked, I tracked a red-tailed hawk in the trees to the north. These trees border the north side of the road on the Unoco grounds below the walkway and the south side of the marsh.
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    The hawk flew to one of the tall firs on the fish hatchery grounds.
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    Then it took off and flew past a pileated woodpecker perched on the large snag just past the raptor tree.
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    I went down to the fish hatchery grounds and got better photos of the pileated woodpecker.

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    Earlier in the day I had seen one of the Pt. Edwards eagles perched on the family tree at the top of Pine St. on Pt. Edwards. Later, while I was at the fishing pier at the marina, I saw an eagle fly north along Sunset Ave. and disappear into the low lying clouds.

    For years the eagles perched in tall firs located in a yard on Hanna Park Rd., which were vsible from the north end of Sunset Ave. The present owners of the property clear cut the trees, razed the old house, and are now building a new trophy home.

    I drove down to Sunset Ave. and saw an eagle perched in a tall fir on the opposite side of Hanna Park Rd. from where the trees were cut down. I walked under the tree and got some photos. It is hard to tell if this is one of the Pt. Edwards eagles, as I cannot decide if the dark spots on the eagle's forehead are slightly immature feathers or an effect caused by dirt or the feathers matting in the rain.

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    Default A Tale of Two Hummers

    Monday (2/4) afternoon, Wesley, the male Anna's hummingbird who guards the west viewing platform of the Edmonds marsh walkway, was buzzing something in the nearby blackberry bramble with a series of "J" dives.
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    The "something" was a female Anna's perched on the barbed wire on top of the fence.
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    She gave Wesley a coy wink...
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    and fluttered her eyelashes.
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    Which caused Wesley to blush.
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    The two chased each other several times around the bramble and over the marsh, but I was not quick enough to photograph the action.
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    Some long awaited sunshine on Thursday (2/7) sent me out photographing the locals.

    Song sparrow grooming itself at the fish hatchery. It had probably just taken a bath in nearby Willow Creek.
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    Bewick's wren on a Doug fir in my backyard.
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    There were two pairs of hooded merganser in the retention pond at the end of the Pt. Edwards walkway. One pair flew off as we approached but the other pair remained. The male gave itself a bath followed by an air dry.
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    Horned grebe eating a shrimp below the fishing pier.
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    White-crowned sparrow at Marina Park.
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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 02-08-2013 at 02:41 AM.
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