Squeaky-Scratchy

Found myself in Edmonds the other day and thought I’d go look for herons at a marsh near the beach. Found the Herons, they were all huddling against the cold wind, trying to stay warm. Kinda boring, actually. Walking along the path, I kept hearing the squeaky-scratchy song of a hummingbird. Eventually found this guy up in the top of a nearby tree.

I did later find out that of the four species of hummingbird in Washington, only one of them actually sings. Narrows it down some. The Anna’s Hummingbird is also the only one that winters in Washington. Apparently, they do migrate in the winter, heading for lower elevations, they just don’t go south like the others.

FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/2900th at f / 4.8, ISO 200

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March 2017

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Birds of a Feather

We visited the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge last week, taking the afternoon to walk the trails and enjoy the high tide along the boardwalk. On the way back from the viewing platform at the end of the boardwalk, we stopped and talked with a group of four birdwatchers (seen on the left side of the photo).

They were keenly focused on a flock of small shorebirds we could barely see with the naked eye, and apparently there was one teeny bird  the multitude of teeny birds that was the source of many “well I think it’s…” and “maybe it’s a…” and “well if you look at this it’s probably a…” and was all very interesting and amusing at the same time. It was really very cool that they let us in on their conversation.

The details: Fujifilm X-E2, 18-55mm lens @50mm. ISO 200, 1/900th @f4.

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September 2015

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