Hunting Eagle

Hunting Eagle

I was out for a walk at the beach recently, enjoying the springlike weather. There were a couple of eagles hovering around the top of the bluff, near where they have nested. This one thought there was something for lunch on the shore. Turned out to be a false alarm.

As it left, a gull started following, just in case there was something dropped.

Gull looking for handouts.
  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 300mm
  • ISO 400 1/1000 sec f/16

Woodpecker

The woodpeckers are regular visitors to my suet cake. They are a lot more polite than the flickers, who attack the suet with vigor and spread pieces all over the ground below. That does provide some additional opportunities to the ground feeders that don’t do so well at clinging to the feeder.

Nikon D850 with Nikkor 300mm lens

ISO 1000 1/80th sec f/4.5

Is there room for one more?

Is there room for one more?

Not sure what these little guys are, but they certainly liked finding the suet cake in the feeder. The group of them all show up and by sheer number intimidate the regulars. I was using the motor drive and happened to catch one on approach.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400
  • ISO 800 1/400 sec f/9.0

Mergansers in Flight

Mergansers in Flight

I was on top a 70 foot bank overlooking Puget Sound when I noticed a flock of birds flying by off-shore. I took a shot, not knowing what kind of bird they were … too far away for my visual identification skills. Nice to have the resolution to crop in and do the identification.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400mm
  • ISO 200 1/400 sec f/10

Gray Jay

Gray Jay

We were eating lunch during a hike at Hurricane Hill in Olympic National Park. We immediately attracted a number of Gray Jays … aka camp robbers.

They are not shy at all, so I was able to get several nice photos of this little guy. I was especially happy with the details on the chest feathers.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400mm
  • ISO 200 1/500 sec f/11

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