I’ve started reading Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard but I’m not far enough along to make any meaningful comments yet — might be a couple of days before I reach that point.

So I decided to go with a couple more shots from Sunday, since it’s been solid rain since, impossible to get decent pictures even if I was willing to take a chance on getting drenched.

Nearly everything I shot at Port Orchard was very similar to what I’ve shot there before. The Barrow’s Goldeneye males continue to court the females, who continue to seem remarkably indifferent to the male’s attempts to gain their attention.

Barrows Goldeneyes Mating Rituals

I must admit that I could sit for hours watching these strange rituals.

Meanwhile I got this picture of a Common Goldeneye sitting reflectively much closer to shore:

Common Goldeneye Male

I wish I could figure out how to make my camera focus underwater, or, at least, looking down into the water because I could have gotten some great shots of this female Red-Breasted Merganser diving. As it was I had to limit myself to shots of her bringing her catch, which appears to be a large shrimp, to the surface.

Merganser With Shrimp

5 thoughts on “Leftovers”

  1. hi loren – i’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on “snow leopard” as it is three down on the pile of books i have waiting for me by my bedside!! have a peaceful day. steven

  2. Beautiful photos – I especially like the one of the merganser with her catch.

    I read The Snow Leopard a few months ago and quite enjoyed it; I’ll be interested in reading your thoughts on it.

  3. My favorite is of the three Barrow’s Goldeneyes with the water splashing in a spiral into the air.

    I read The Snow Leopard some time ago. I can picture a memorable place but not the words that go with it. Look forward to reading your comments on the book.

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