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Bird Quest 2014 #6

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer

Skagit Flats is home to many raptors in the winter and on January 18th I was able to photograph Rough-legged Hawks and a Barred Owl.  

Rough-legged hawk in flight
Rough-legged hawk in flight
Rough-legged Hawk perched, this is the more noraml view we get of hawks on the Skagit Flats.
Rough-legged Hawk perched, this is the more noraml view we get of hawks on the Skagit Flats.

Ya gotta love winter in Washignton, the sun might not come out for a few weeks at a time, but the birds are fantastic.

this Barred Owl came out about half-an-hour before sunset.
this Barred Owl came out about half-an-hour before sunset.

It was getting dark, the sun was going down, the day was cloudy (go figure), so I used a flash unit and a Better Beamer Flash Extender to light up the owl a little.

Spotted Towhee at Nisqually National Wildlfie Refuge.
Spotted Towhee at Nisqually National Wildlfie Refuge.

Finally after three weeks of rain the sun came out.  Yesterday I went to the Old Fishing Hole in Kent, then Cedar River and Gene Coulon Park in Renton for a couple of hours of photography.  It was so nice to be outside in the sun again, and ran into a couple of other bird photographers for some good conversation. What a day!

Female Mallard finishing a bath.
Female Mallard finishing a bath.

Photographers always talk about anticipating the action.  I was this female Mallard with a male on top of her, and I knew that after they were finished, they would both take a bath.  This is the last frame of about six with the female.  (I'll post another one on my FaceBook page.)

Yellow-rumped Warbler Cedar River Park, Renton.
Yellow-rumped Warbler Cedar River Park, Renton.
Black-capped Chickadee Cedar River Park, Renton.
Black-capped Chickadee Cedar River Park, Renton.
Male Gadwal Gene Coulon Park, Renton.
Male Gadwal Gene Coulon Park, Renton.
Buffelhead, Gene Coulon Park, Renton.
Buffelhead, Gene Coulon Park, Renton.

Good Birding!