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.