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    Default Wldlife of Edmonds, WA. 2014

    At 62 pages, the original (2013) Edmonds wildlife thread was getting a bit cumbersome.
    http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/showt...-of-Edmonds-WA

    I am starting a new local wildlife thread for 2014. This will also help me in the year ahead recall when I saw a particular bird the previous year. We birders/bird photographers often do that.

    Wesley and several of his "friends" were having a New Years Day party at the #1 viewing platform of the Edmonds marsh. At one point three or four of them were chasing each other, but they were too fast for me to photograph their high speed antics. I had to do some post processing with these shots as the originals were slightly over exposed, possibly due to the low morning winter's sunlight reflecting off the birds' light colored feathers.

    Two were engaged in a stare-down.
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    One flew up and perched near the other. This is most unusual for male Anna's, as they are quite territorial.
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    Eventually a chase ensued and one returned. I don't know what the white circle is, but I thought it made an interesting background.
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    "Artsy" take-off shot.
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    Perched on the barbed wire fence.
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    A Cooper's hawk was drying itself off atop one of the telephone poles by the railroad tracks while I was photographing the hummers.
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    A flock of red-winged black birds was also at the marsh. The males were perched in one of the trees by the walkway and making the calls they usually make in the spring.
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    The females were far more practical and spent their time hunting larvae in the cattails below the #3 viewing platform.
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    Later that afternoon Terry and I saw what we believe was a sharp-shinned hawk at Yost Park, but I did not get any good photos of it.
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    I've enjoyed 2013's collection. Looks like 2014 is off to a good start.
    "Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment." - Ansel Adams

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    I agree with Janice, Bill - great start for 2014!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry O View Post
    I agree with Janice, Bill - great start for 2014!
    Terry: Your assignment for 2014 is to get a good photograph of the local raven pair.
    Bill Anderson; Edmonds (near Seattle), WA.

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    great start for 2014 Bill.. i see the males coming to the feeder.... I am assuming is the females with the red heads... do hummers produce in winter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine View Post
    great start for 2014 Bill.. i see the males coming to the feeder.... I am assuming is the females with the red heads... do hummers produce in winter?
    The males are the ones with the red heads, which look black when the sun is not reflecting off them. The females have just a small patch of red under their chins. Last year we saw a female sitting on a nest in late February.
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    Way to kick off the New Year, Bill!

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    The hummers must have all had hangovers from their New Years Day revelry, as I did not see any Thursday (1/2) at the #1 viewing platform. Looking south across the marsh, I did see one of the Pt. Edwards eagles perched on a telephone pole by the railroad tracks and Willow Creek. I drove over to see it, but got held up at the crossing by a train.
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    The passing train did not scare the eagle, as it was still there when I parked in one of the marina parking lots. One of my tenets of bird photography is to take early shots, no matter how far away, as the bird may fly off before you get closer.
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    Closer views showed it to be the female. She sat there for quite some time, daring me to be the first to leave. The light was not good and I experimented with different settings. The best was to shoot with no exposure compensation using spot metering while aiming at the eagle's dark feathers.
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    Prof. John M. Marzluff, a wildlife biologist at the University of Washington, has demonstrated that the evil minions of the Dark Lord recognize faces.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/sc...row.html/?_r=0

    I have been photographing the Point Edwards bald eagle pair for the past 4-5 years. I often wonder if they recognize me when my big lens and I show up to take their photos. Sometimes it seems that way when one of them looks at me.
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    Last edited by Bill Anderson; 01-05-2014 at 12:48 AM.
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