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Belfair in the Rain

As you’ve obviously noted if you’re a regular visitor, I haven’t had much of an opportunity to get out birding lately, either because the weather hasn’t cooperated or other responsibilities have gotten in the way. So, when it cleared here today, I decided to take a chance, even though the weather report called for rain. For a change, they were right and I spent much of my walk in the rain, though at least it was a warm rain.

Birding wasn’t particularly great either, mostly limited to crows who seemed too wet to notice anyone out walking

Crow

and a personal favorite, cedar waxwings

Three Cedar Waxwings

which might have been beautiful if I’d gotten the picture a half hour later when the sun broke through for ten or fifteen minutes. Again, I thought my camera, Aperture, and Photoshop did a great job of making a muddy picture look much better than it really was.

As so often happens on rainy days, though, I got the closest shot I’ve ever managed of this female Belted Kingfisher:

female Belted Kingfisher

Notice how the camera even captured the rain as it fell. Despite the rain, it seemed like a great day. I walked a little over three miles, got lunch out at a favorite Mexican restaurant and managed to get at least a few good shots.