A Day in Port Townsend

With another sunny day and school back-in-session, we decided that it would be a good day to go to Ft Flagler and Port Townsend. I hoped that we would see some Harlequin Ducks and various Grebes, but, as it turned out, we saw extraordinarily large flocks of Glaucous-Winged Gulls like this one.

There were so many gulls that the cormorants usually seen on this perch had gathered offshore.

Though I assumed that the Harlequin Ducks had probably not arrived to their wintering grounds yet, I’m not sure we would have seen them even if the had returned because this Bald Eagle

was patrolling the shoreline.

In fact, the only shorebirds we saw at Flagler was a very small flock of Sanderlings.

Perhaps my favorite shot of the day was this one of yet another Yellowlegs

taken at the lake in Port Townsend.

Things didn’t get better in town where found a lot of our favorite shops, including our favorite restaurant, were closed on Wednesday. Our consolation was that we discovered a restaurant we liked nearly as much at half the price. Life doesn’t get much better than a great meal after a long walk on the beach.

Osprey Fishing

Although I managed to get some shots I liked in the early morning fog, I was lucky that by the time we got to the boardwalk overlooking Hood Canal that the sun had finally broken through; otherwise I would never have managed to get these shots of Osprey fishing. You need definitely need high shutter speeds to capture their dives.

We spent several minutes watching this Osprey diving in the distance, apparently without making a catch. John speculated that it was a juvenile just perfecting his skills. When he moved closer —but still a considerable distance away — I captured this sequence.

We knew he had caught something because he circled back to shore rather making another dive.

As he approached, we got a glimpse of his catch.

Hardly a snack; he could hold it in one talon.

Before long another Osprey flew overhead and dove right in front of us.

I managed to catch a few more images in this dive

but missed the critical moment when it hit the water and had to settle for this shot.

This is one of those few times I should have had my camera set on taking shots as quickly as possible.

When this Osprey flew by on its way back to the trees, it was clear it had a larger catch.

I never tire of watching Osprey catching fish.