Birding Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly two weeks since we had a brief respite from the rain. I still haven’t gotten out for a full day of birding or photographing since March 24 and our trip to Port Townsend.

It sure seemed then that Spring and some good weather had finally arrived. The wild cherry blossoms were in full bloom at “Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park”

Spring Blossoms

The trees were bursting with songbirds, too busy to sit still for a portrait

Golden-Crowned Kingle

and I felt lucky to get a shot of this Golden-Crowned Kinglet as it flitted from branch to branch.

I also managed to spot the first male Ruddy Duck

male Ruddy Duck

I’ve seen with a blue bill.

Heck the light was even good enough to get a good shot of a male Bufflehead

male Bufflehead

where you can see the iridescent sheen in the black, make out an eye, and even see some details in the white portion of his body. Over the years I’ve found it incredibly difficult to capture both the black and white features of these guys unless the light is just right.

Luckily all the rain has given me some time to read poetry and I should be able to post some comments on my latest reading tomorrow.

7 thoughts on “Birding Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park”

  1. Lovely photographs as usual Loren.

    Last evening there was an interesting programme on our television about the introduction of wolves from Canada and how they are moving down into Washington State again. Locals seem very much against it, and I can see their point of view when it comes to some of these very remote little towns. What is your view on it and is this anywhere near where you live?

    1. Unfortunately, the wolves are a long way from where I live here in the west side of the Cascades. They’re also against the reintroduction of the grizzly bear.

      I suppose if I were a cattle man I might be opposed to the reintroduction of either of these species, but as a wilderness advocate I’m definitely for their introduction. The grizzly bear is much more dangerous to people than the wolves, but people are more apt to die from bee or wasp stings than by being attacked by either of these two.

      1. Thank you for that reasoned reply Loren. I feel the same as you do about it, but having often been to these very remote little towns deep in the US on one or other of our holidays there, I can see how conservative the population gets. I hope the wolf does make a return and I expect it will – the programme more or less says the wolf is unstoppable in its journey south. Thank you for taking time to reply.

    1. Thanks. Spring does make it easier to get good photographs. It reminds one that photography at its best is little more than reflecting the light that shines on all of us.

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