Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Although large flocks of ducks dominated the landscape, there was a considerable variety of birds, including the usual suspects, like this Great Blue Heron

and several eagles, including this immature Bald Eagle, who willingly posed for me instead of merely flying overhead.

Though I was disappointed not to spot an American Bittern, I was pleased to get some good photos of this Yellowlegs, though I’ll have to admit that I was surprised to see him running around the ground quite close to the Bald Eagle.

Seeing this one was particularly welcome because I had seen one two days before on the way home from Ft. Flagler, but it was too far away to get a decent shot.  

I’ve taken a lot of pictures of Yellowlegs, but every time I examine a shot closely on my computer screen I’m amazed by those long, slender legs and those equally long toes.