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