The American Dipper is the only diving song bird in North America. This one was demonstrating its dipping and diving moves at the fish ladder on the southeast side of Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Based on the rhythmic bouncing it must also be listening to some type of rock music on its headphones.
Dippers use their wings to "fly" under the surface of the water. This one demonstrated this in a somewhat visible fashion as it did this while standing on one of the steel beams that makes up the fish ladder at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
The American Dipper is the only diving song bird in North America. This one was demonstrating its dipping and diving moves, as well as apparently listening to rock music, at the fish ladder on the southeast side of Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
On January 12, 2012 a reasonably large flock of Dunlin explored the mudflats right next to the new Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk. This made it easy to record their frantic running and probing feeding habits.
On January 12, 2012 a flock of perhaps 2,000 dunlin decided to feed next to the Nisqually estuary boardwalk, very close to visitors. The birds are seen running from place to place while they feed on the tiny organisms that live in the tidal mud.
For the past two years, this Marsh Wren has decided to perch in the grass beside the gravel trail on top of the new Nisqually Eastuary Dike. He gives visitors quite a talking to when he is in the mood to do so.
Just slightly north of the new condominium, shopping center and hotel space built north of the ferry terminal, there is a small courtyard. In this courtyard, there is another animated fountain that may be found doing all manner of things with its water spouts.
I don't remember the exact location of this house. It was somewhere around SW 31st and Elmgrove, but that isn't the right intersection. However, the Christmas light display got my eye (how could it NOT?)
Behind the Georgetown Powerplant Museum there is a group of model railroad enthusiests that have built a railroad where they can operate actual steam powered model trains. They will not be here much longer due to the land being slated for clearing and cleanup. In this video, a small locomotive lets its safety valve pop while passing.
This vibrating chime is known as "Over 'Lyre", and is powered by speakers tied to a low frequency generator. It is built into the overhead section of a plant trellace, and thus overhead to visitors on the walkway.
See tourist tip for description of Memorial Plaza. Fountain is animated, and water jet direction changes over time. Note jet in center that blasts through rock, but then is aimed lower down to hit side of rock.
This year, Portland, Oregon sent some of their representatives to the 2009 Seafair Parade in Seattle. They were outstanding older ladies and gentlemen parading in their cheerleading outfits! They were awesome and got some applause from the Seattle crowd!