Common Terns

You can tell I’m desperately avoiding writing about several books I’ve read lately when I have to resort to posts like these shots of the Common Terns I saw at Tokeland.

About the best thing I can say about these shots is that the Terns were caught in flight and are sharper than most of the previous shots I’ve taken. Unfortunately, none of the terns would coöperate and dive near where I was taking pictures.

Brown Pelicans at Tokeland

As it turned out, going to Tokeland instead of going straight home was the best decision of the day. It didn’t take long to see why I hadn’t seen the Brown Pelicans I had expected to see in Westport. They were on the small offshore island where I’ve always seen the Godwits in the past.

All I had to do to get some great pelican shots was wait for them to fly out from the island when they were hungry

or fly back to the safety of the flock

when they had finished fishing.

As it turned out, it got me much closer to the Brown Pelicans than I would normally get at Westport. The highlight of the day.

Things Can Only Get Better

After hearing that the Fall shorebird migration was taking place, I decided to go to the beach August 15th in an attempt to escape the smoke-filled skies polluting our Puget Sound air. Not only was I unable to escape the smoke-filled air, I saw so few birds that it almost felt criminal to have wasted a tank of gas for the day.

I didn’t get a single shot at Ocean Shores, though I did glance some loons way out and a Brown Pelican out past the jetty. Things weren’t much better at Westport where I only managed to sight this Double-Crested Cormorant

and this Pigeon Guillemot.

I was sure things would pick up when I got to Bottle Beach, especially since there was a large contingent of Seattle Audubon members there before me. Though it was comforting to know that I wasn’t a total idiot to come looking for birds, there were very few shorebirds and they didn’t come in with the tide as they usually do.

Determined not to get skunked, I headed for Tokeland even though I debated whether it was worth it to waste even more gas.

More Loons

We ended our two-day trip to Gray’s Harbor with a stop at Tokeland in hopes of seeing the Godwits that had been reported. Nary a one was spotted, but this Common Loon

swam right up next to me on the boardwalk and proceeded to show off.

Couldn’t figure out exactly what it was doing since there wasn’t another loon in sight

but I was more than happy to capture my second unusual sequence

in a single day.

What a great way to wish the loons bon voyage until they return from their breeding grounds next Fall/Winter.