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Birds Flying High … You Know How I Feel

[My homage to Nina Simone, in the form of blurred wings and texturized Dunlins.] click for larger image - ©ingridtaylar When thousands of shorebirds frolic on the mire, their wingbeats rattle like seashells strung in the wind ... just the lightest of chimes, near silent except for the rush of air over 15,000 pairs of wings. They become a coil, spiraling sometimes at 40 miles per hour into shape shifters, turning their plumage [...]

2013-04-29T23:32:06+00:00April 29th, 2013|Uncategorized|10 Comments

I Wish I Was the Moon

Full moon rising orange over Seattle last night ... the real moon, not Photoshopped into the background. :) ~ click for larger image - ©ingridtaylar ~ I Wish I Was the Moon - Neko Case How will you know if you found me at last 'Cause I'll be the one, be the one, be the one With my heart in my lap I'm so tired, I'm so tired And I wish I was [...]

2013-04-26T05:26:36+00:00April 26th, 2013|Moon, Uncategorized, Urban, Weather|4 Comments

ReTerning to Bolsa Chica

The foot bridge is a crossing over a moat, into a kingdom of feathers at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Keeper of the Gate - ©ingridtaylar In this regenerated, re-planted Bolsa Bay, bird calls and murmurs bubble up from the terns, Sanderlings, scoters, avocets, grebes, plovers, pelicans, sparrows, Willets and egrets who call this haven home. The marsh is barely shielded from Pacific Coast Highway, with just a parking lot and thicket separating refuge [...]

2013-04-19T02:41:51+00:00April 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Welcome Back, Osprey!

Four of our six Seattle neighborhood Ospreys returned last week from the long haul of their migration. If you haven't seen the tracking maps showing Osprey travel routes, take a look at this website: Osprey migration maps. For these studies, Ospreys are fitted with light satellite transmitters that fall off after two to three years. In the time before the Ospreys lose the transmitter, researchers gather data about their final destinations and their various stops [...]

2013-04-13T19:07:11+00:00April 13th, 2013|Uncategorized|9 Comments

The Kingfisher Wasn’t Born to Think About It

"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? There are more fish than there are leaves on a thousand trees, and anyway the kingfisher wasn't born to think about [...]

2013-03-27T23:52:56+00:00March 27th, 2013|Uncategorized|10 Comments

Sea Lion Branding in Oregon

California Sea Lions at Westport, Washington - ©ingridtaylar Because this is happening a few hours from home, I'm posting to bring some attention to the issue. I haven't included any graphic photos, but the subject matter is the hazing and culling of California sea lions. Just south of our Washington border, in Astoria, Oregon, the Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is trapping and branding sea lions at the Bonneville Dam on the [...]

2013-03-27T01:10:51+00:00March 27th, 2013|Hunting, Marine Mammals, Uncategorized|17 Comments

Low Tide Discoveries at Discovery Park

Images and video shot with my Olympus OM-D, E-M5 (micro four thirds) + Lumix 100-300mm lens. 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. The beach itself sloughed away from the cliffs, and is now a plateau of sand, cobbles, boulders and erratics. [...]

2013-03-21T21:04:31+00:00March 21st, 2013|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Surfin’ Seals

This great seal-pup video has been making the rounds. In case you haven't seen it yet ... Ethan Janson, a local windsurfer from Three Tree Point (south of Seattle) noticed that harbor seals were hauling out on a surfboard he'd tied to a buoy out in Puget Sound. He hooked up a GoPro camera, remotely, and captured this footage of a seal pup trying desperately to haul out on the slippery board. Before posting this, [...]

2013-03-18T12:01:14+00:00March 18th, 2013|Marine Mammals, Uncategorized, Wildlife Solutions|2 Comments

Another Exposé of USDA Wildlife Services

I received an email recently, asking if I'd heard any updates on the Jamie Olson situation, the one I posted about in November. As you may recall, Jamie Olson is the USDA Wildlife Services trapper who posted about his wildlife "work" -- with graphic images depicting his treatment of wolves and other predators, including pictures of his dogs mauling trapped animals. The petition to fire Jamie Olson, started by Project Coyote, is still [...]

2013-03-17T14:05:45+00:00March 17th, 2013|Ecology, Hunting, Issues, Uncategorized|29 Comments

She, the Fusiform One

"She" could be a "he," this harbor seal, and only she knows -- stirring from the depths and shallows of Elliott Bay, gliding, reflected alongside us. She rounds the rock bend ... she, the fusiform one, tapered and sleek ... propelled through the tide by hind flippers. Harbor Seal - ©ingridtaylar In a pinniped world where there's no strong, visible distinction* between she and her male, I err on the side of feminist [...]

2013-03-15T02:04:37+00:00March 15th, 2013|Marine Mammals, Uncategorized|1 Comment

American Cootville – Seattle Style

I don't see enough American Coots. That's a comment you probably don't hear much in regular conversation -- or even from birdy people. The coot is not a bird that inspires viewing frenzies the way an owl does. I've heard some people call coots "trash birds" -- a pejorative I never use for any animal, but a term that 10,000 Birds describes this way: "Trash bird" is controversial birding lingo for any species that is [...]

2013-03-11T11:19:49+00:00March 11th, 2013|Uncategorized|13 Comments

Seattle Birds on a Wire

Like a bird on the wire, Like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free. Like a worm on a hook, Like a knight from some old fashioned book I have saved all my ribbons for thee. If I, if I have been unkind, I hope that you can just let it go by. If I, if I have been untrue I hope you know it was never [...]

2013-03-06T19:01:09+00:00March 6th, 2013|Uncategorized, Weather|5 Comments

City Bird, Winter Light

Photographed at Union Bay Natural Area in Seattle • Olympus E-3 + Zuiko 50-200mm + EC14 I'm tracking, with my lens, a Yellow-rumped Warbler who's bouncing around her kingdom. She stops then hops, as warblers often do. And, for a split second, she clears the branches and looks back at me, bearing the criss-cross shadows of her woods: Yellow-rumped Warbler at UBNA - ©ingridtaylar A warning croak in my left ear signals an [...]

2013-03-05T12:21:20+00:00March 5th, 2013|Uncategorized|8 Comments

How Many Songbirds Didn’t Have to Die?

** Note: There is no graphic visual content in this post. The subject matter, is, however disheartening for anyone who cares about birds. How many? That's a legitimate question. I don't know and I'd like to -- but there's no verifiable nor practical way to find out. It's an issue that came up for me a couple of years ago when I ran across dozens of bird-shooting videos on YouTube. The titles are often something [...]

2013-03-04T10:33:00+00:00March 4th, 2013|Hunting, Uncategorized|7 Comments

The Extended Art of Goose Stipple

After the Snow Geese stippled our little Honda with their version of a Pollack drip painting, I waited a while before heading to the car wash, thinking it would be a waste of resources when the rain would just wipe the body clean within a day or two. But, faithful to Northwestern climate patterns, the rain came in fine mists rather than cleansing sheets. A few days of drizzle left us not with a clean [...]

2013-03-03T11:19:42+00:00March 3rd, 2013|Photography, Uncategorized|3 Comments

The Red-Winged Way

The Red-Wing Blackbird The wild red-wing black- bird croaks frog- like though more shrill as the beads of his head blaze over the swamp and the odors of the swamp vodka to his nostrils ~ William Carlos Williams 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 [...]

2013-03-01T16:06:39+00:00March 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|5 Comments

She’s a Hum Dum Dinger Pigeon

A little Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) courtship play ... photographed on the Seattle waterfront, in the magic hour of a winter evening. Music by Jimmie Davis - in the public domain Photographed with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Lumix 100-300mm (micro four thirds) • Edited in iMovie

2013-02-25T23:12:09+00:00February 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|10 Comments

Post Processing, Realism + Conceptualism: A Postscript

Long-billed Curlew photographed at sunset, on the dunes at Morro Strand State Beach in California. These thoughts are an extension of the discussion that began under my piece on post-processing. Thanks to my blogging friends who shared their methodologies and perspectives, initiating some thought-provoking explorations of realism in photography. 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 [...]

2013-02-24T15:59:11+00:00February 24th, 2013|Photography, Uncategorized|5 Comments

Nisqually Board-Walking

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. The details are at our website: WildlifeConservationStamp.org. We also have a Facebook page where support -- if you are in favor of the idea [...]

2013-02-22T13:24:45+00:00February 22nd, 2013|Uncategorized|3 Comments

How Much Post-Processing Do You Do?

A friend linked to this story in her Facebook feed today: Why do Photo Contest Winners Look Like Movie Posters? Post-processing is obviously not a new topic ... and it's one that's been evolving alongside digital photography and darkroom skills. This particular piece questions the lighting on the winning image in the World Press contest, citing photojournalistic ethics in the critique. (The World Press winning image and other entries are here: World Press Photo.) I've [...]

2013-02-20T12:56:08+00:00February 20th, 2013|Birds, Photography, Uncategorized|14 Comments