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Birding is all about patience

One of my favorite birding locations in Seattle is the Union Bay Natural Area, AKA the Montlake Pit. Yesterday, my son and I headed up there around 7 am and spent a couple of hours. A good chunk of it was spent in 2 spots, because there was so much to see. First of all, it’s beautiful, especially when the sun is still low. Second, you get a great mix because you have water on one side, and vegetation/wetlands on the other. There’s a loop you can take (take it clockwise). One of the earliest lessons I learnt about birding is patience. Stay in one place and wait, and you never know what will show up. There was one spot where the two of us just hung out (also a great opportunity to grab some water or coffee) and as we sat there, we heard the familiar call of a Belted Kingfisher and one flew up and landed on a pole just 40–50 feet away in the water

Belted Kingfisher

We ended up at that spot because something or the other kept showing up, including Cedar Waxwings, and House Finches (which were beautifully lit up in the low sun).

You can look at the full collection of pictures here. I also took some video. Just need to figure out how to work with video. It’s almost as I am scared to start doing something with all the footage I’ve collected.

Gear used on this trip

  • Canon EOS 7D and EF 100–400L “dust pump” lens
  • Canon EOS RP and RF 24–105L F/4 lens

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Deepak Singh

Deepak Singh

Computing, management, synthesizers, science, photography, writing, geekery, fatherhood. I run Containers, Linux, and HPC @ AWS. http://deepaksingh.net