Columbia River.

This afternoon was sooooo gorgeous out I just had to take the dogs for a long walk... I figured the path along Marine Drive would do just fine for that.  Turned out to be another good bird day too!

I saw my first Red-throated Loon!

I love its speckled back...

Cool bird.  I couldn't help scanning the scaup rafts in hopes of finding the Tufted Duck... Lucky for me, one of those big Tidewater barge things came through and sent most of them really close to shore.  I didn't find the Tufted but I did find the Tufted hybrid!

I was pretty happy to have found him even though I didn't find the "real" Tufted...

I love a good hybrid.  Lastly, perched on a telephone pole near the Sea Scout Base was a Bald Eagle, possibly a 2nd year?

Good birds!


  1. Great photos of the loon! And awesome sighting of the eagle. They are always neat birds to see. Glad you had a good for a walk.

  2. Absolutely first class, Jen. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  3. Aweseome LOON shot--Im green with envy of your Eagle Photo!! and A Hybrid--thats amazing!!

  4. Nice doo on the hybrid. Poor thing! Great pics as usual.

  5. Wow! First the Short-eared Owl and now the Red-throated Loon! You're my hero!

    Nice persistence :-)

  6. Hi Jen. I'm just catching up with your recent posts. You seem to be racking up an excellent tally of species for January. Super pics as usual. I'm still waiting o catch up with a Red-throated Diver ... love the way it holds its head slightly upwards...a distinctive feature. I see you got a real stare from the Eagle. Cheers FAB.

  7. Wow... that Bald Eagle picture at the end is soooo super clear.

  8. Good job Jen. Congrats on the Tufted hybrid. It's a lot of work sorting through all those Scaups.

  9. You take beautiful pictures! I am really curious to know what your shooting with? Have you tried any digiscoping?

  10. You take excellent shots! Thank you from those who always don't get to see these beautiful birds. This is the perfect obsession for such a good photographer1'!


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