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The Kingfisher Wasn’t Born to Think About It

By | 2017-09-24T02:28:35+00:00 March 27th, 2013|Bird Species, Blog, Other Birds, Pacific Northwest, Seattle +|

The kingfisher rises out of the black wave like a blue flower, in his beak he carries a silver leaf. I think this is the prettiest world -- so long as you don't mind a little dying, how could there be a day in your whole life that doesn't have its splash of happiness?

Low Tide Discoveries at Discovery Park

By | 2017-09-24T03:38:38+00:00 March 21st, 2013|Bird Species, Blog, Crows, Jays & Corvids, Geese and Swans, Pacific Northwest, Seattle +|

The bluffs above South Beach at Seattle's Discovery Park are layered records of glacial history. There's Vashon Till (mixed rocks, sand and silt), Esperance Sand, Lawton Clay (a blue-grey clay and silt) and Kitsap Formation sediments.

How Many Songbirds Didn’t Have to Die?

By | 2017-09-24T03:48:11+00:00 March 4th, 2013|Bird Species, Blog, Fishing & Hunting, Pacific Northwest, Wildlife Ethics|

When I went looking for information on songbird fatalities and backyard guns, there are no statistics as far as I could find. But I did come upon this post from The Digiscoper entitled They Did Not Need to Die. There, Mike detailed the very same problem I was seeing: YouTube videos of illegal songbird shootings. Mike went the extra mile and contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service himself, and this was the reply:

The Red-Winged Way

By | 2017-09-24T18:16:22+00:00 March 1st, 2013|Animal Behavior, Bird Species, Blog, Nesting, Other Birds, Pacific Northwest, Seattle +|

I notice spring birds before spring buds ... and just the other day, the Red-winged Blackbirds were vocalizing their intent over a Kirkland swamp. In my periphery I saw the crimson flashes of male birds flitting between reeds, and then females clinging to cattail puffs.

Post Processing, Realism + Conceptualism: A Postscript

By | 2017-12-06T22:19:40+00:00 February 24th, 2013|Art-Ness, Bird Species, Blog, Featured, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Shorebirds, Wildlife Ethics|

I heard a lecture recently where Picasso's view of photography was described this way: For Picasso, "photography was never an exact registration of a scene, but it was a creative device.” (Arthur I. Miller). The lecture was about conceptualism and perceptualism in both art and science, using Picasso and Einstein as subjects. Picasso's view of the camera is obviously liberated by the fact that he was using it as a fine art tool, not a photojournalistic one.

Nisqually Board-Walking

By | 2017-09-24T18:15:41+00:00 February 22nd, 2013|Bird Species, Blog, Pacific Northwest, Reclamation & Restoration|

I recently wrote about a grassroots effort in which I'm involved -- to expand the scope of funding for our National Wildlife Refuges. We've started the Wildlife Conservation Stamp project to generate public interest and promote the idea and implementation of a birders', photographers', and wildlife watchers' stamp for our Refuges.

Studies in Ghost Geese

By | 2017-12-08T17:07:59+00:00 February 11th, 2013|Bird Species, Blog, Geese and Swans, Pacific Northwest, Photography|

The sound of flocking snow geese is sometimes described as a “cacophony,” a “symphony,” a “storm” — a “baying of hounds,” a “noise blizzard.” The sound, in fact, varies. There’s a comfortable warbling of goose grumbles and calls as the birds graze, punctuated by escalations that bubble up in sections of the flock. Then, there is the silence — a sudden, dead halt to the goose voices. It’s just a blip, a clipped hesitation, a warning.

[Northern] Flickering

By | 2017-09-27T17:14:35+00:00 January 15th, 2013|Animal Behavior, Bird Species, Blog, Other Birds, Pacific Northwest, Seattle +|

I believe this interaction was a territorial display between two Northern Flickers. Their routine was on a continuous loop for about five minutes, performed on utility cables strung across our view of the city.