Eagles and Owls and Elk


Bob Turner, RBP, FBPA

In mid-January Kevin Makowski, RBP and Bob Turner, RBP, FBPA made a week-long photography trip to the state of Washington, including a day trip north into Delta, Canada. The purpose of the trip was to photograph wildlife found in the greater Bellingham, Washington area. The region, located in Whatcom County, is replete with lakes, ponds, bays, and inlets where a variety of wildlife might be found. Each day started well before sunrise as various destinations were explored. Although the weather forecasts posed a continued challenge, especially with cooler temperatures and rain predicted, Washington mapspecific targeted destinations had been researched and identified as possible shoot sites. Bald eagles, various species of owls, migratory birds, and elk were among the specific species being sought after.

Kevin imaged with either a Fujifilm X-T3 or X-T4 mirrorless system with a variety of lenses (handheld) while I used a Nikon DLSR camera and a 200-500mm lens and a 1.4x TC (tripod mounted).

The following are images I captured which represent a sample of the week’s bounty.

Bald eagles perched near Edison, Washington.

Long-eared owl hiding in brush along dike in Delta, Canada.

Trumpeter swans foraging field near Bellingham, Washington.

Herd of elk grazing in meadow near Hamilton, Washington.

Juvenile bald eagle souring in Delta, Canada.

Short-eared owl soaring over distant field in Bow, Washington.

Common Goldeneye (top) and Barrow’s Goldeneye (bottom) at Boulevard Park, Bellingham, WA. Note the extensive white plumage on body on the Common Goldeneye and the small white markings on black body on the Barrow’s Goldeneye.

Western Cascade Mountains from Diablo Lake Overlook.

Bob is an esteemed BCA emeritus member. He retired around 12 years ago and is still active in the pursuit of excellence in photography. You can also see Bob’s stunning natural history showcase in Volume 46, No. 1, 2022 of the Journal of Biocommunication.