Pt. Defiance Boathouse

I’d originally intended to include a couple more shots from yesterday’s trip to Nisqually because I didn’t plan on getting out today to take photographs. After two and half hours of exercise at the Y, I’m generally not up to going for a long nature walk.

However, it was sunny this afternoon despite the forecast of rain or snow for the next three or four days so I was tempted to head down to the Point Defiance boathouse. I was delighted to discover that my favorite Belted Kingfisher was sitting on his usual perch, just waiting to see me before flying off. But I sat around visiting with some fishermen long enough that he came back and stayed around long enough for me to get several good shots.

Belted Kingfisher

But he didn’t stay around nearly as long as this Red-Necked Grebe, or get nearly as close. I felt like I was having lunch with him as he came up with several delicious looking shrimp, larger than any I thought existed in Puget Sound. I found it fascinating watching him dive, particularly the way his feet propelled him as he dove and swam.

Red-Necked Grebe

I also liked this picture of a Common Goldeneye, who wasn’t nearly as excited about sticking around to have its picture taken:

Common Goldeneye Taking Off

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