Tim Boyer Photography

Small Groups, Cool Birds, Fun Locations

Bird Quest 2014 #13

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer
Glaucous Gull at Ocean Shores.
Glaucous Gull at Ocean Shores.

Glaucous Gull at Ocean Shores.  During the Grays harbor Shorebird Festival I heard there was a Glaucous Gull on the beach , but I couldn't find it.  There were lots of Western/Glaucous-winged hybrids around which didn't make it easy.  Finally after a couple of tries I found the bird a mile away from where it was the weekend before.

Great Horned Owl at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.
Great Horned Owl at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

Nisqually is famous for it's family of Great Horned Owls that can be seen on the nest in the winter months.  Usually when the trees leaf-out, the owls are tough to find.  If a refuge volunteer hadn't pointed it out I don't think I would have found it.  This is a heavily cropped image, even with a 600 mm lens the bird was small in the frame.

Common Yellowthroat at Samamish State Park.
Common Yellowthroat at Samamish State Park.

Often heard but rarely seen around the lakes and wetlands of the Northwest,  I was able to get this shot of a Common Yellowthroat on a wetland trail at Lake Samamish State Park.

Enjoy!

Thanks

Tim