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Great Blue Heron - Lunch and a Bath!

Dine and dash? Nope, dine and splash!Photographer Mike Hamilton spotted this Great Blue Heron as it ate -- and then cleaned up. Patiently watching, waiting...Taking a stab at it...Nailed it - a tadpole!But now, what a mess!Soak it...Shake it off!Lunch and a bath... Life is GOOD!***Listen to... read more »

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White Ibis's Tricky Nesting Schedule

For many birds, breeding and nesting are tied closely to spring. But for a bird like the White Ibis — one of the most abundant wading birds in the Southeast — the timing of nesting has to do with water. White Ibises forage in shallow pools of fresh water, especially for crayfish and small crabs.... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Red-winged Blackbirds - Denizens of the Marsh

It’s spring, and a male Red-winged Blackbird brandishes his red epaulets to warn away other male Red-winged Blackbirds from his patch of cattails. At the same time, he sings to lure the females into his marshy territory.        The female blends right in with the cattails, as... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Strike, Shake, and Gulp

Everett Marina, Everett, Washington –While out taking photographs last week, Gregg Thompson was able to catch a Great Egret in action. He writes:I seem to have gotten caught up in shooting sequences of behavior.I especially like having a situation where a certain behavior is repeated many times,... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

Black-crowned Night-Heron - Night Stalker

 The enigmatic Black-crowned Night-Heron is an intriguing predator. During the day, this easily overlooked bird does nothing at all except stand perfectly still, while resting on a half-submerged log. Unlike its more active relative, the pterodactyl-like Great Blue, a giant among herons, it... read more »

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Northern Harrier - The Marsh Hawk!

The Northern Harrier is the only member of the genus, Circus, found in North America, where it occurs in all continental states and Canadian provinces. All the harriers are very similar structurally, being lean and long. They have long, rounded wings, long tails, and a characteristic “facial disk... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding

Jacana - Lily-trotter

The strange wading birds known as jacanas are nick-named "lily-trotters" for their ability to walk on lilypads. In Jamaica, they're known as "Jesus birds," because they appear to be walking on water — a feat made possible by their long toes. But that's not all that's cool about jacanas.... read more »

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Duck Stamps: Not Just for Hunters

In the mid-1980s, my mother became one of the first employees of the Seattle Audubon Society. I was about six years old at the time, and I consequently spent the most impressionable years of my childhood around people who loved birds. They loved birds so much that they volunteered their time not... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birdwatching, environmental champion

Common Merganser with adorable young!

This small family of Common Mergansers -- a hen with her eight ducklings -- was photographed by Mike Hamilton near Seattle. This duck species nests in tree cavities resulting from broken limbs or excavated by woodpeckers. The female alone incubates the eggs, which hatch in about a month. The... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

The Duck Stamp - From 1934 to 2014

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

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