Port Orchard Revisited

December 5th’s visit to Port Orchard wasn’t nearly as exciting as the week before, perhaps because I was able to get so many shots I liked the week before. Basically, I saw the same birds both times, and it was hard to improve on the shots from the week before.

I did like this shot of a Pelagic Cormorant because it leaves no doubt that the bird has a green sheen when seen in full sunlight

Pelagic Cormorant

and because it is one of the few times I’ve managed to ever get a shot of those unique feet.

I don’t think I’m going to be able to improve on last week’s shot of the male Hooded Merganser,

male Hooded Merganser

but this shot does a nice job of balancing the black and white areas, one of the hardest things to in a bird photograph.

I also noticed that the small band of male Mergansers seems to be splintering, that some of the males have begun to pair off.

pair of Hooded Mergansers

There did, however, seem to be an increase in the number of Barrow’s Goldeneyes this week

Barrow’s Goldeneyes

with a number of small flocks throughout the marina. As I said, if the week before hadn’t been so spectacular I would have been quite pleased with these shots.

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