Why People Lined up to see the bird Tyler shot.
An exciting outing at Juanita Bay Park and an update on spring classes that will be offered.
By Becky Serabrini
In November of 2015, I was on a field trip to learn about ducks at Juanita Bay Park. Nancy Roberts, one of our chapter’s veteran trip leaders, was blessed with beautiful weather, lots of birds and a rather large group size of 25 people, about a third of which were children. Nancy teaches very well and so, like ducklings after their mom, the class participants were closely following her every word as she described the dozen or more bird species in the bay. That is until Tyler shot the eagle.
On any given day, it’s a good bet you might see a bald eagle at Juanita Bay Park – they like the fishing there. While the rest of us on Nancy’s trip were busy cooing over the ducks, Tyler was watching a hunting baldy perusing the brunch menu in the water below. Just as the eagle lifted the coot out of the water, Tyler shot. With his camera, that is. The image was dramatic and everyone crowded around to see it. I warned a dad that it might be upsetting to his child to look at it. He gave me a you obviously don’t know a thing about young boys look as he lifted the kid to see the digital image on Tyler’s camera. Both kids and adults were impressed with the awesome action shot.
Among thousands of applications, Tyler was recently awarded a scholarship to the North American Nature Photography Association’s conference in Florida this year where he will be continuing to add to his resume. We are excited that he is also finding time to offer a beginning bird photography class the weekend of March 25. This is a chance to learn from an experienced local expert about camera settings, composition, and gear, as well as get tips about the best spots for wildlife shooting. More information about the class and how to register is below.
Photo by Tyler Hartje
Beginning Bird Photography
Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26
A half day of instruction with an optional photo shoot at Juanita Bay Park will be taught by local photographer, Tyler Hartje. This class is suitable for those with a DSLR or bridge camera with manual settings and a telephoto lens. For more details, and to register, click here: http://eastsideaudubon.org/calendar/photography-class
Also on the Adult Education calendar this spring:
Learning to Bird by Ear-Common Residents of Puget Sound
Thursday, March 16 with optional field trip Sunday, March 17
Just in time for Spring, Eastside Audubon is pleased to offer the first of two birding by ear classes that will be taught by Master Birder, Penny Rose. An evening of classroom instruction will be followed by an optional field trip that Sunday. Registration is limited to 12 for the option with both class instruction and the field trip. A maximum of 20 will be enrolled for the class only option. Please note that participants who are interested in the field trip option should be ready for the early morning start time. (Location is TBD.) For more details, an instructor bio, and to register, click here: http://eastsideaudubon.org/calendar/birding-by-ear-class
Spring Shorebird Identification
Tuesday, April 11, Thursday, April 13 and Saturday, April 15
Two evening classes will be followed by an optional all day field trip, most likely to Ocean Shores. This class will be taught by popular returning instructor, Tim Boyer, who is also our featured speaker for Eastside Audubon’s monthly program on Thursday, March 23rd. Registration for the April class is limited to 15 for the option that includes the field trip, while a maximum of 20 will be enrolled for the class only option.
Learning to Bird by Ear- Puget Sound Migrants
Thursday, May 4 with optional field trip Sunday, May 7
This is the second of two birding by ear classes that will be taught by Master Birder, Penny Rose. (Taking the first class is not required to take this one.) An evening of classroom instruction will be followed by an optional field trip that Sunday. (Location TBD.) Registration is limited to 12 for the option with both class instruction and the field trip. A maximum of 20 will be enrolled for the class only option. Registration will open in March.
Questions about the Adult Ed program can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and I am also on the lookout for other instructors interested in teaching for our chapter.