Thursday, March 2, 2017

Magnuson Park wetlands

Yesterday Truman and I went for a walk at Magnuson Park ponds and for once, I got him to walk around the place without his stroller.  He did balk a few times, but with a bit of encouragement, he managed to get moving.  Slowly.

There were quite a few good ducks on the ponds.  Here is a pair of Ring-necked Ducks:

And these are Hooded Mergansers:

There was quite a crowd -- Gadwalls, Ring-necked Ducks, Buffleheads galore:

It is slowly warming up here though, and once Spring truly arrives, all except the resident Gadwalls will wing their way north.

Back home we had nice birds, too -- a pair of Bewick's Wrens visits the yard regularly, and I never get good photos of them as they don't tend to sit still for long.  Yesterday I managed to snap a couple before they got antsy:

That's all the updates for this week.  The only drawings I've done are practice sketches for an online class I'm taking, Travel Sketching in Mixed Media by Marc Taro Holmes, on -- excellent teacher with challenging material.  I hope I can make good use of some of his techniques.


  1. I like the second photo from the top. Truman seems to be saying, "What's up human? Where the heck is my stroller?" The wren is cool. Those are good shots for a flighty bird.

    1. The wrens will stay put for about ten seconds--and usually it takes me exactly 11 seconds to find my camera, get the lens cap off, and turn it on. This time I happened to have the camera on the coffee table by the front window -- hooray!