Daily Image - Mar 2011 Archive - sonofjohan

29 Mar 11. The alluded to wildlife shoot on Friday morning was done at Mercer Slough in Bellevue, WA. For the first 5 years of my 14 year employment as a barber, I passed by this area twice daily, both to and from the barber shop, but never took the time to actually visit it even though it was the site of a major ruckus in the early 70s when a developer wanted to put in a business park in the middle of it. Eventually he got to do it and it was a great success in that it damaged virtually nothing but provided a wonderful oasis for a work environment and lots of opportunity to commune with nature! After it was completed it became a model for other such efforts. Looking for something new to photograph, we elected to give it a go and see what was there. As soon as we entered the boardwalk we noticed a large raptor off in the distance and initially thought it to be a Bald Eagle. But when we got back and I had an opportunity to look more closely at an enlarged view it readily became obvious that it didn't look like any eagle I'd ever seen before. So I got out my bird books - all 1 of them - and unsuccessfully scoured the pages looking for anything that resembled this bird. So I leave it up to all you viewers to decide exactly what I shot. As for the day shoot, there was a lot more for the camera to capture, but I leave that for another mailing. ISO 200; 1/1000 sec @ f / 8.