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Bird Quest 2014 #22

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer

This Birding Quest was to try to get good images of as many birds as possible this year.  To challenge myself to get out often and take more photos.  I get so optomistic at the begining of each year, I think I'm going to get 300, 400, or even 500 species.  Well, it's always a lot harder then it seems, and I get side tracked by landscape photography, birding classes etc.  So, how did I do?  I photographed 151 bird species this year. That's about one-third of the birds possible in Washignton State.  It was a good year, I had fun, met some  great birders and photographers, and went to some cool places. Here are the new birds I've seen in the past  couple of months.

Horened Grebe at Gene Coulon Park in Renton, WA
Horened Grebe at Gene Coulon Park in Renton, WA
Anna's Hummingbird from the backyard in Renton
Anna's Hummingbird from the backyard in Renton
Juvenile Long-tailed Duck found at the Boeing Ponds in Kent
Juvenile Long-tailed Duck found at the Boeing Ponds in Kent

This was the first time outside of Alaska that I've seen a Long-tailed Duck on fresh water.  Typically here in Washington they're on salt water during their winter visits.

Green-winged Teal at the Boeing Ponds.
Green-winged Teal at the Boeing Ponds.

One of my best images of Green-winged Teal, usually they're in the mud eating, and this one was close, and clean.

White-crowned Sparrow at the Boeing Ponds.
White-crowned Sparrow at the Boeing Ponds.
Hooded Merganser at the Boeing Ponds in Kent.
Hooded Merganser at the Boeing Ponds in Kent.
Common Mergansers flying out of the Boeing Ponds.
Common Mergansers flying out of the Boeing Ponds.
Pied-billed Grebe at the Boeing Ponds
Pied-billed Grebe at the Boeing Ponds
Cackling Geese coming into the Boeing Ponds n Kent.
Cackling Geese coming into the Boeing Ponds n Kent.
Bonaparte's Gull, Edmonds Fishing Pier
Bonaparte's Gull, Edmonds Fishing Pier
Surf Scoters below the Fishing Pier in Edmonds
Surf Scoters below the Fishing Pier in Edmonds
Juvenile Pacific Loon at the Edmonds Fishing Pier.
Juvenile Pacific Loon at the Edmonds Fishing Pier.
Female Black Scoter at the Edmonds Fishing Pier.
Female Black Scoter at the Edmonds Fishing Pier.
Red-tailed Hawk near Edison WA.
Red-tailed Hawk near Edison WA.
Trumpter Swans flying by on the Skagit Flats, near Conway, WA
Trumpter Swans flying by on the Skagit Flats, near Conway, WA

And finally the last bird I photographed for 2014, a Pine Siskin.  I hadn't see one in awhile so I think it's a great bird to end the year on.

Pine Siskin, Cedar River Park, Renton, WA
Pine Siskin, Cedar River Park, Renton, WA

Happy New Year!

Thanks As Always!

Tim