This post includes some photographs taken over the last few weeks on the waterfront in Edmonds, Washington. Although I’m typically looking for birds to photograph, like the Bald Eagle in the photo above, there are also some other wildlife regulars on the waterfront–Harbor Seals and sea lions.
I especially enjoyed my encounter with a seal, captured in the photo below. I was walking on a dock when the seal popped up about 30-feet away and seemed to be very curious about me. The seal dove and resurfaced several times and stared at me for several seconds each time it resurfaced.
Sea lions are regular visitors to the waterfront, but I typically don’t see more than one at a time. So I was surprised when this pair swam by the public fishing pier together.
Winter is my favorite time on the waterfront because of the return of diving ducks and grebes. Quite a few Horned Grebes have arrived over the last few weeks, including the one in the photo below, who wasn’t at all bothered by the rain that was falling yesterday morning.
Belted Kingfishers are year-round residents. Yesterday morning I watched this Kingfisher fly back and forth between two boats in the marina for almost 15 minutes.
There have also been a number of Red-breasted Mergansers swimming near the jetty at Brackett’s Landing.