Seattle

Eagle Encounters by Walter Kitundu

_DSC6277North of Seattle you'll find the fields and trees are lousy with Bald Eagles. They are a real treat in the SF Bay Area because of their relative rarity, but up north... well, they are still a treat, even in their multitude.

For this post in particular - click on any of the images to see a larger, more detailed version.

_DSC6348 A Bald Eagle in flight is a thing of fearsome beauty.

_DSC6356 At full stretch the wingspan is impressive.

_DSC6319 This screaming eagle shares its tree with a number of Mourning Doves.

_DSC6329 So I've heard all the talk about giant eagle nests but it is pretty cool to see one improbably perched in a tree with a tiny Bald Eagle taking a rest in it.

Blurry Owls by Walter Kitundu

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/54655732 w=590&h=332]I saw my first Snowy Owls last weekend on Thomle Road north of Seattle. They were on private land and epically far away so my views were limited to nausea-inducing-heat-shimmer-laced glimpses through my spotting scope (as in the VIDEO above)

snowy duo

snowy The Owl on the right.

blurball A slightly closer lumpier view.

blurrry owl The Owl on the left.