Owens Beach

I’ve really been too busy to get out and do any serious photography, but when the sun broke through the heavy layer of clouds for awhile today, I took the opportunity to go down to Owens Beach in Point Defiance Park for an hour or so and look for birds I haven’t had a chance to see since last year.

My Belted Kingfisher was still hanging out at his usual hangout and was still as camera shy as ever, but I managed to get this shot looking out through the wire fence from inside the building, and it turned out much better than I ever expected:

Belted Kingfisher

The shot of the day, though, was this one of a Surf Scoter, a bird I’m much more apt to see at Titlow, about two or three hundred yards away. This one, however, came right up to the dock below me while I waited to try to capture a better picture of the Kingfisher:

male Surf Scoter

These pictures will have to hold me until I finish the presents for Colorado that need to be in the mail this week:

4 thoughts on “Owens Beach”

  1. Your bird photos are distinctive. It’s as if the birds recognize you and step forward (sometimes close, sometimes not so close) to be photographed. I like these very much, Loren.

    A few days ago I was surprised to see a flock of 12-15 wood ducks in the water here at Scudder Pond. This morning I saw a female Bufflehead. The bald eagles are building a nest again in the cottonwood grove to the northeast. A variety of birds have been at the two suet feeders on my second-story porch lately — Chickadees, Towhees, Bushtits, Oregon Juncos, Downy Woodpeckers, some kind of Sparrow, Starlings and an occasional Steller’s Jay. I used to see House Finches, Pine Siskins and Goldfinches. Still look for them. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a Pileated Woodpecker visit my porch. The birds don’t seem to mind that Oboe looks out at them.

  2. Loren, something about the Kingfisher and the rust works for me. As always, thanks for capturing these moments. KJM

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