I stopped by Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal three weeks ago to get an idea of what it’s like there in summer and to take a few photos since I was already in the area. (I’ll be posting a preview within the next month.)
I was out on the Northwest Dock and a harbor master stopped his truck next to me. I thought maybe he was going to shoo me off the dock since I’d driven out and parked temporarily at the end, but he saw I was just taking photos and said I was fine. He was very friendly and we talked a bit about the terminal when I told him I was planning a piece for my parks blog.
He asked me if I’d seen the nesting eagles yet and I immediately perked up. I said, no, where? He pointed up to the top of the nearby light pole and I literally slapped my head that I’d missed it. Let this serve as a lesson to remember to look up occasionally, or you’ll miss good stuff.
When I saw the parent return to the nest while we were talking I realized they were ospreys, not eagles, but still just as exciting to see. I expect the three chicks have fledged by now, but they’ll probably hang around the nest while they’re learning to hunt, until they head south in September.