September 30, 2010
Titlow Beach is a pretty good birding site. There is quite a variety of habitats. You walk along the railroad tracks heading north until you get to a building and then you head into the woods on a trail or dirt road. The trails lead along the water. There are several, but they all head in the same general direction. You can keep your eye open for water birds and at the same time look for birds among the forested area. There are a lot of Madrona trees close to the water. Near a private boating club you cross over the railroad tracks on a bridge and walk up a road. At your first opportunity you can then head into a wooded area of mainly deciduous trees. Now you are on the east side of the railroad tracks.
A fitness trail is located here. You are now heading south. After a while you come to a pond. There are two good sized ponds just before you get to the playground area and grassy area where people picnic. There is a community outdoor swimming pool close to this location.
The next three photos were taken at the northern pond. I couldn’t get very close to the ducks, so this and the next two photos are heavily cropped. At the southern end of the pond I found the Mallards and got some closeups. This is not that difficult with park Mallards because they are often looking for a handout.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 500mm, tripod, f/6.3, 1/100, ISO 400