Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Whidbey ...And The Eagle Is Watching

One of the joys of being on Whidbey Island is watching the birds. Out on Useless Bay rafts of Brants were floating and eating as they visited. This merganser was one of a few doing their own thing. And from a flag pole, the eagle was watching.
Meanwhile, across the street and out in the lagoon there is always some kind of bird action.
This time of the year rafts of Northern Shovelers dabble and dip and scoop with their over sized bills.
Male and female - synchronized swimmers.
My favorite, the Kingfisher, watches while keeping an eye out for a catch.
This Great Blue Heron has just made a catch, one of many he'll make each day.
And perched on a log, an eagle watches
as a Green Winged Teal dabbles in the rich lagoon mud, eating not so fresh food.
Sandpipers also work the mud, then suddenly take of in an amazing flash of synchronized flying.
A favorite pastime of the human visitors is taking a stroll down the road, and even here, perched high in a tree right overhead, the eagle is watching.


  1. Oh man, I would think I had died and gone to heaven with all those birds around to watch. I'm still learning about all the water birds in Oregon. They amaze me.

    This time of year I love my little volunteer job at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve because there are so many water birds around.

    I love watching birds.

  2. Wonderful photos of the birds. The eagle is doing a great job I'm sure, taking it all in. How beautiful! I love the sandpipers, I always get a kick out of them scurrying along the beach.

  3. what a variety of birds, gorgeous photos

  4. It looks like you had a productive weekend both birding and chores. It's nice that you can get to your vacation home all year.

  5. You get the most amazing Eagle shots! I like the other birds shots too. I'll have to out there sometime and do some birdwatching!

  6. I'm an avid bird watcher, that's one of the reasons why I love living on Whidbey Island. You took some great shots... I know its not easy to do with how active the wildlife is and the how the light varies on the water. Good job! On a beach walk yesterday, I saw great blue herons, buffleheads, and a bald eagle. Our weather has been glorious... we need to get out and enjoy it every chance we get :)

  7. What a great series Linda.. I would love to be able to see all these birds near here...what a treat...


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