Tim Boyer Photography

Small Groups, Cool Birds, Fun Locations

Bird Quest #21

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer

  Catching up on the last month or so's worth of birds photographed this year.

These first three images are from a whale watching trip I took in the San Juan's out of Anacortes with Island Adventures in September.  I hadn't seen a Marbled Murrelet on the water in a long time.  I think I liked seeing this murrelet as much or more then the whales.

Marbled Murrelet off the coast of San Juan Island.
Marbled Murrelet off the coast of San Juan Island.
A group of Common Murre.
A group of Common Murre.
Rhinoceros Auklet
Rhinoceros Auklet

The closest park to my house is Gene Coulon Park in Renton, WA.  It's just down the hill, so I can get there quickly when I need to get outside.  When the sun comes out in the  fall and winter even in the middle of the day the sun is low enough so it's possible to photograph birds and not have too much harsh mid-day light.  So, for one of my lunch breaks last week I went to the park to see what winter birds had shown up so far.

A Greater White-fronted Goose at Gene Coulon Park.
A Greater White-fronted Goose at Gene Coulon Park.

I was surprised to find the Western Grebe right in the little boat dock area by the Kidd Valley & Ivar's.  Lot's of Coots and Mallards but just one Western Grebe.  A cool bird for just taking a break in the middle of the day!

A Western Grebe at Gene Coulon Park.
A Western Grebe at Gene Coulon Park.

Mew Gulls are back now as well.  It really is fall!

Mew Gull on a log boom at Gene Coulon Park.
Mew Gull on a log boom at Gene Coulon Park.

Whenever I teach a photography workshop I always try to go a day or two earlier so I can locate the birds or just do a little photography on my own.  The gorge trip was really a landscape photography workshop but since I knew the dippers were there and I wanted to photograph them I took the big 600 mm lens with me.  There were about six to eight dippers flying up and down the river eating Coho Salmon eggs, singing and chasing each other.  it was great fun watching them.

American Diper on Eagle Creek, Columbia Gorge.
American Diper on Eagle Creek, Columbia Gorge.

When driving back from the Portland area on I-5 there are two great places to stop for birds, Ridgefield and Nisqually National Wildlfie Refuges.  This time we stopped at Ridgefield and besides the Goldfinch there were about eight Great Egrets and dozens of Great Blue Herons.  We even had two groups of Sandhill Cranes fly over us and  great close looks at a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.

American Goldfinch on thistle at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
American Goldfinch on thistle at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Enjoy!

Thanks, as always

Tim