Spring Colors Abound

A drake (male) wood duck comes into full breeding plumage

It’s the time of year for the male Wood Duck to come into full breeding plumage. Click for a larger image.

Once the annual mating, nest preparation, and raising of chicks is complete, the male Wood Duck takes on the drab colors of his “eclipse” phase. Over the following months, however, he develops the spectacular colors you see here, designed to attract a mate and start the cycle over again.

Wood Ducks are common in the Pacific Northwest. They are often skittish Continue reading

Lake Sammamish Drama

Bald Eagle with fish

Bald Eagle with catch. Lake Sammamish, Washington, June 2011.

I’ve decided to undertake a review of the 140,000 photos in my catalog, deleting many I don’t like and posting some favorites here. A perfect project for the age of Covid, given Tina and I are doing more quarantining than most folks we know.

In June of 2011, I watched from my kayak as this Bald Eagle captured a fish. Here’s the four-photo sequence: Continue reading