A Sun Break

It may officially be Fall but the constant rain here in the Puget Sound Area suggests it’s really winter. So, when we finally got some sunshine on a day when we didn’t have any obligations, we headed out early to Theler’s Wetland. Unfortunately, we didn’t see many birds, and, worst of all, it was so foggy that the shots I did get were awful.

When we went to Port Orchard to see what was in the Marina, the sun finally broke through but the many yachts had driven most of the birds out of the marina. We had to wait until the end of the dock to get some shots. As it turned out, they were well worth the wait, reminded me why I enjoy taking shots of birds.

This little Horned Grebe was the first bird I spotted,

but this Cormorant seemed equally willing to pose.

There were also large numbers of Goldeneye near the end of the dock.

The light was actually bright enough that I managed to get a relatively good shot of a Goldeneye taking off.

Pelagic Cormorant in Breeding Colors

I know that the Horned Grebes that seemed to be posing for me we’re probably posing for each other since there were several of them around. However there was nary a Pelagic Cormorant in sight when this beauty surfaced right in front of me,

arched its neck,

turned completely around,

again arched its neck,

completed its turn,

and disappeared,

not to be seen again.

Why can’t more birds be this cooperative?

Juvenile Bald Eagle at Port Orchard Marina

On our recent trip to the Port Orchard marina we were puzzled why there were so few birds around, particularly Goldeneye. Usually questions like that go unanswered, but Leslie spotted the reason with her binoculars.

I’ve never seen a juvenile Bald Eagle

sitting in the marina before, though I’ve seen them fly overhead.

I’ll have to admit that I would have been hesitant to walk by eagle, but it finally flew off as we approached, so close that it was impossible to keep it in frame.

The only other bird we saw in the marina was this Double-Crested Cormorant who was sunning itself as we approached.

It didn’t fly off, but paddled elegantly away from us.