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1056 American Wigeon

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Carrie Blake Park – Sequim, Washington
February 3, 2012

This is a set of 5 female American Wigeons I found at Carrie Blake Park this winter day. I include one photograph of the Wigeon in flight.

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1055 Gull Flight Shots

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Wapato Lake Park
Tacoma, Washington
January 11, 2012

This is the last set of recovered photos that should have been posted on the old blog. I was at Wapato Lake and there are a lot of gulls looking for a handout from the many people who come to this urban lake to feed the ducks, coots and gulls. Because they are flying in close it was a good opportunity to practice flight shots. There are 4 photos in this series.

From here on out, I will be posting new material. By new material, I mean photos that have never been processed and prepared for Internet use. I realize these photos are over a year old, but that’s how far behind I am in photo processing. I know I said once I retired I would have more time. Funny. It seems like I have less time than when I was working. Retirement is really just switching activities and responsibilities to a new set.

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1054 Domestic Goose

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Wapato Lake Park
Tacoma, Washington
January 11, 2012

This goose has been in this location for a few years. I first took a photograph of it in November 2006. He or she is quite the handsome fellow.

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1053 Black-capped Chickadee

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Wapato Lake Park
Tacoma, Washington
January 11, 2012

I never pass up a chance to photograph a Chickadee if it will stay in one place for 2 seconds. I only got one photo of this little guy.

1052 Mallard

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Wapato Park
Tacoma, Washington
January 11, 2012

On the way home from Nisqually we must have stopped by Wapato to see if there was any action. It’s hard to remember since this was over a year ago and I lost my description of what the circumstances were when I took the photo. You may ask, how does looking at a Mallard help me to know I was at Wapato Park. Well, it’s not the Mallard. I’ll be posting a domestic goose in a couple of postings, and the goose is a regular resident at Wapato. It was taken on the same date. So, I know where I was!

1051 Vaughn Bay Sunset

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Vaughn Bay
January 8, 2012

We often get some rather nice sunrises and sunsets here at Vaughn Bay. I experimented with my new camera and put it on sunset mode to see what it could do. Not too bad.

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1050 Canada Goose

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Washington State
January 11, 2012

Not a very great photo of a Canada Goose. Maybe I should have deep sixed this one. Oh well.

1049 Red-breasted Sapsucker

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Washington State
January 11, 2012

In this set of 2 photos I first show you a quick photo I took of the Red-breasted Sapsucker. He didn’t stay around long. I was walking on the boardwalk out to two barns, or returning (what’s the diff), and found this bird close to the area where I have photographed one before. The previous encounter went better as the bird was much more cooperative. The second photo is a scenery shot of the boardwalk. It is a very extensive boardwalk – going in a loop for over a mile out to Two Barns and back.

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1048 Northern Pintail

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Washington State
January 11, 2012

We occasionally see Northern Pintails at Nisqually as well as in Sequim. In my opinion, this is one of the most handsome ducks out there. I only got one photo on this outing.

1047 Mallard

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Washington State
January 11, 2012

This is my last set of Mallards for the day. This time I feature the female as she displays a little bit of action. The second photo, in particular, has a very different crop than usual. I try to keep my photographs cropped in a uniform way – both vertical and horizontally, but the second photo didn’t give me much real estate and I had to format in more of a square cropping.

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