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On the Beach

Shore birds in flightOn April 15th and 22nd I traveled to Ocean Shores. Ocean Shores is a small beach town along the central Washington coast. It has the closest Pacific Ocean beach to the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area. The purpose of my trip was to drop off, then pick up, several images I had in the Ocean Shores photography show. Though I usually enter this show every year, for the first time this year, the show was juried. I was proud to have four images accepted. My black and white skunk cabbage image (previously featured in this post) won an award of merit.

One can’t go to Ocean Shores the town without visiting Ocean Shores the beach. Truth be told, it’s not my favorite beach. I prefer vehicle-free beaches bordered by rocky headlands, with crashing waves and critter-filled tidepools. The beach at Ocean Shores is a broad, wide swath of sand backed by small dunes partly covered with sharp grasses. Plus, as far as Washington beaches go, it is fairly crowded with people, cars, mopeds, and horses. But it is a beach, after all, and cannot be passed up!

My first trip there last month, Carson was my companion. Carson and I walked on the beach for an hour or so, as I tried to get some shore birds shots. Getting close enough for a decent shot was tough, even using my 70-200mm zoom with 1.4x teleconverter. There is no place to hide as you approach the birds, and being trailed by a black dog the size of a small bear doesn’t help. Carson eventually got tired of following me around and just sat down. And the birds eventually got use to Carson and I and allowed me to get close enough for a few shots. They even started moving in around Carson, which I though funny since they kept flying off if he got remotely close before.

On the second trip, Tanya accompanied Carson and I. There were less shore birds about, but it was mostly sunny and the sky held some interesting clouds. I took out the camera, but only ended up taking a few images (including the sunny one below). Instead, the three of us just walked by the ocean, enjoying a nice spring day at the beach.

I hope you enjoy these images from the beach.

Carson and birds

Carson takes a rest, and the birds move in behind him.

More birds

I like the big birds, but have no idea what kind the are. For that matter, I don't know what the small ones are either. Anyone out there know?

Sunny Ocean Shores

Sun and clouds at Ocean Shores


18 responses

  1. I love the image of the dog on the beach. H looks so relaxed

    May 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    • Thanks. That old Carson has taken relaxed to a new level.

      May 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      • Is he a Nefoundland?

        May 2, 2012 at 2:39 am

      • Yes, he’s a Newfie. Though he doesn’t quite look like this now. After the second day at the beach, we gave him a summer cut. He actually likes the short hair much more. I’ll have to post a photo with his new haircut soon.

        May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

      • Those dogs are amazing! They are like little bear cubs. I have only met three, but they were all delightful.

        May 2, 2012 at 10:25 am

      • They are wonderful dogs, and have well earned the nickname the Gentle Giant. If you’re ever in Washington, Carly, let me know and you can meet a fourth Newfie!

        May 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      • Ah, that is sweet, thank you. Although, I know it will sadly be quite a while before I am back in the US, let alone Washington.

        May 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

  2. Winfield Giddings

    I went out on 4/28 as part of a Birdathon for Tahoma Audubon Society. The weather had turned grey windy & wet about the time we got to the jetty beach. I should know those shorebirds. Best guess are from peeking at Peterson’s Field Guide: The large speckled brown – Marbled Godwit. The Little ones with white and black speckles mid picture may be 1st year Sanderlings. The ones in front – most likely Western sandpipers. Confirmation would be nice though.

    May 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    • Thanks Winfield! I knew some birder out there would help me. Now that I know you know birds, I may be asking you more questions!

      May 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

  3. Love the first image!! 🙂 **

    May 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

  4. Sun and Clouds is a great photo. The sky is really nice: I also like the birds in flight, nice exposure and shutter speed. The large bird is a Marbled Godwit the smaller bird in the front I believe is a Western Sandpiper and the small one between the Godwits is most likely a Sanderling. Can’t wait to get back to Washington for some photography.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:11 am

    • Thanks for the bird IDs, Bill!

      May 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

  5. The first image is beautiful, It gives to me a sense of real nature power

    May 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

  6. Beautiful photos. The first image of all the birds is awesome, gives you a real sense of movement.

    May 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

    • Thanks, working movement into a photo can really add a special element to the viewing.

      May 25, 2012 at 9:01 am

  7. true13

    What camera do you use?

    June 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    • I use a Canon 50D with various lenses, including a 10-24mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm

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