A Walk at Titlow Park

When I came out of the YMCA today after my 6:30 Tai Chi class and my 8:00 Pilates class, I was shocked to be greeted by sunshine. Since rain was predicted, I didn’t think it would last long and headed home for Skye’s walk. By the time I finished that I was feeling rather sore, probably the result of not having had a class since last Tuesday.

When the sunshine hung around ‘til after lunch, I decided to recheck the forecast. It still said it was supposed to be mainly rainy, until Friday. Looking out the window suggested otherwise, though. I knew I was too tired to walk either Nisqually or Belfair, but I decided I could handle a short walk at Titlow Park.

So, about 1:30 I headed out to get more pictures. I figured it might be my lucky day since the resident kingfisher actually sat in the tree when I approached rather than flying away. Of course, I didn’t really get close, but it’s the closest I’ve ever gotten to this one.

Belted Kingfisher

I managed to get even closer to this cormorant, who was sitting on a branch on the edge of the pond. It was so close, that I couldn’t get it all in the frame at one time. It’s the kind of shot you can only hope to get at a zoo. I had a hard time choosing which of the many shots I liked best, but this was definitely one of them:

Cormorant Up Close

Finally, I spotted a Eurasion Widgeon for the first time ever, even though I published an earlier shot that a bird watcher had identified as a Eurasian Widgeon. Looking at this one, though, I’m sure the other one wasn’t a Eurasian Widgeon.

He’s the male on the right, next to the more familiar male American Widgeon on the left. No mistaking them.

 male Eurasian Widgeon