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.
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.
One of my best images of Green-winged Teal, usually they're in the mud eating, and this one was close, and clean.
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.
Happy New Year!
Thanks As Always!