Eagle youngsters

Eagles don’t get their white heads and tails until they’re about three years old. As they approach their third year the white is more prominent, as it it with the one on the left, above. His tail, however, doesn’t look fully white yet. The youngster on the right shows the mottled look of an immature. You can’t see it in this shot but he has a little patch of white on the back of his head.

Hummingbird May

I see this little guy regularly on my walks these days. He has a favored branch. I can’t get as close as I’d like but this day he turned his head just so and allowed me a flash of vibrant red.


This is Peeper Squeak, a Swedish blue duck. He hangs out at Sequim’s Museum and Arts Center on Fridays while his person volunteers there. He’s large – almost as big as a Canada goose – and a friendly sort, curious, and full of personality. He submits to wearing costumes around various holidays (there’s a picture of him costumed in the background above). And he likes to hug. Have you ever hugged a duck? Peeper Squeak has an autograph book of people he’s hugged and so far he’s hugged people from 40 U.S. states and counting.

Duck hug

I’d never hugged a duck. Peeper Squeak is the first, and probably the last. Really, how often do you come across hugging ducks?


Perhaps because there’s much more standing water at Dungeness Recreation Area this year it seems as if there are more ducks around. We often startle pairs as they paddle through marsh ponds. This pair waddled along, then stopped. “Stand very still, Gladys. Maybe she won’t see us.”


Bald eagles are hard to miss, even when they’re soaring at a high altitude. Their size is a giveaway; their broad wings can span from 5-1/2 to 8 feet. This is one of my typical “I wish I had a really big lens” shots. You get to see it because it shows a dramatic size comparison between the eagle and a seagull.