Sundays at Belfair and Port Orchard

After weeks of cloudy weather, Leslie and I were not going to miss the chance to get out Sunday while it was sunny. It was a beautiful day with the Olympics framing Theler wetlands as we approached.


Unfortunately, birding wasn’t as spectacular, perhaps because the good weather had also brought out a large number of duck hunters whose shots echoed throughout the preserve. Not a single shot I took there was worth posting.

Luckily, birding was better near Port Orchard. Although this Red-Breasted Merganser in breeding colors was too far away to get a good shot, I was still intrigued by it.

 male Red-Breasted Merganser

My favorite shots of the day, though, came from this sequence of shots of a Horned Grebe as it paddled through the marina.

Horned Grebe

The highlights, reflections,

Horned Grebe

and shadows create

Horned Grebe

a more amazing background than any I could create in Photoshop.