As I noted on my last post,  I was quite pleased with the shot of the Peregrine Falcon, but that didn’t mean that I didn’t keep looking for other shots.  As it turned out, there weren’t too many.  I had hoped to get a last glimpse of the resident Kestrel before it left, but we never spotted it while walking. 

Luckily, Leslie spotted it as we drove out of the refuge, and I pulled over and managed several shots in the best light of the day. Amazingly, the Kestrel seemed relatively indifferent to me

and continued to pose until I had more than enough shots and left.

Despite some pretty good shots later in the day at Port Orchard, these shots turned out to be my favorite of the day.

Peregrine Falcon

After our return from Santa Rosa and before our state’s lockdown, Leslie and I managed to visit Theler Wetlands.  The skies were gray and there weren’t as many birds as I had hoped, but I was pretty excited when I spotted this Peregrine Falcon who seemed to have spotted me first. 

Unfortunately, it took a lot of Photoshopping to make this picture look as good as it does because of the brush in the front and the lack of sunshine.  On the other hand, the grey skies completely disappeared when I eliminated the shadows and got rid of the noise.

I ended up taking shots from several different points along the trail, but I think this shot was my favorite.

If I hadn’t seen another bird I would have still considered the trip a complete success, but as it turned out I got another shot that I loved — perhaps even more.