Birds of Madrona Marsh

#Birds of #MadronaMarsh. There were a zillion red-winged blackbirds, at least one group of goldfinches, some starlings, and of course the usual geese and ducks.

#nature #Blackbird #RedWingedBlackbird #Goldfinch #Starling #Goose #CanadaCoose #Sparrow

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Scenes from a seasonal marsh.

Scenes from a seasonal marsh. Low areas collect water and form ponds during winter and spring, then it dries out over the summer. All the ground in these photos except on the near side of the logs in the last picture usually spends part of the year underwater.

The lowest part of the preseve is also where the most trees are (presumably because water has more time to soak into the ground there).

#nature #photo #trees #marsh

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A swallowtail butterfly, photographed using the classic technique of desperately following it with the camera…

A #swallowtail #butterfly, photographed using the classic technique of desperately following it with the camera and clicking the shutter when I hope it’s pointing vaguely in the right direction to at least catch it in frame and it probably won’t be in focus anyway but with luck it’ll at least be identifiable and…hey, not bad!

(Otherwise I’ve basically given up trying to actually aim at butterflies when they’re flying.)

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A butterfly with yellow wings outstretched, black along its body and wing edges and stripes , seen backlit against the sky and leafy tree branches.

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Western Tiger Swallowtail

Common Swallowtails

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Another shot of wildflowers from the same hike

Another shot of #wildflowers from the same hike, closer to the parts of the marsh with water. The purple/white flowers are wild radish.

This one works better when viewed at a larger size. I think I like the yellow fiddlenecks shot better because it works at a smaller size too.

#photo #wildflowers #nature

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I decided to see what I could do with my phone camera, which mostly meant landscapes and plants.

When I parked for a hike at the marsh preserve, I discovered that I hadn’t actually put my camera in my backpack as I’d intended. So I decided to see what I could do with my phone camera, which mostly meant landscapes and plants.

#flowers #plants #photo

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I think it’s been about a year since a small fire burned in this corner of the marsh preserve

I think it's been about a year since a small fire burned in this corner of the marsh preserve. It's less obvious on the ground where new grass has grown, but it's clear to see on this tree where the fire burned and where it stopped. #nature #trees #BurnScar #marsh #MadronaMarsh

I think it's been about a year since a small fire burned in this corner of the marsh preserve. It's less obvious on the ground where new grass has grown, but it's clear to see on this tree where the fire burned and where it stopped.

#nature #trees #BurnScar #marsh #MadronaMarsh

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The coolest sighting was this red-shouldered hawk

I went hiking at a marsh preserve over the weekend and saw a ton of birds, including five different species of duck. But the coolest sighting was this red-shouldered hawk, which stood perched in a tree, looking around until it decided to fly to another tree for a different vantage point.

#birds #nature #hawk #RedShoulderedHawk #MadronaMarsh

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Photos of more birds from this hike, including ducks, coots, geese, starlings, a sparrow, wigeons, a heron, an egret, and a red-winged blackbird:

Winter Birds of Madrona Marsh

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The coolest sighting was this red-shouldered hawk

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