Untamed Land

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fins and Feathers

Ship Creek is busy right now with spawning King Salmon. This is the tail end of their season.
The right salmon, (male) shows a lot of wear and tear but was still enthusiastic about spawning.
They often spawn in very shallow water.
Spawning can often be a very tumultuous affair.
There were also some Pink or Humpback Salmon.
This Greater Yellowlegs was chasing salmon fry at Potter Marsh. Most of the shorebirds have already flown south. This bird will be gone soon.
It was very tame.
It was far more intent on chasing small fish than worrying about people.
A successful shrike.
All the adult ducks are gone and there are only a few species of juvenile ducks left in town.
Green-winged Teal and Greater Yellowlegs.


David M. Gascoigne, said...

One of the great wildlife spectacles I have yet to see is the spawning of the salmon in the west. Great series of images of this annual ritual.

John Holmes said...

This is a fascinating phenomenon - I've only ever seen on TV, Thanks for sharing here.

Colette Theriault said...

Sorry I haven't visited in a while John! I always enjoy your photography and stories.