By Bob Ferris
|Copalis Beach at sunset with dusting of dunlins.|
Carlene and I were legally married on December 7th and had a beach ceremony on January 23rd to celebrate with family and friends. Because of this double day we tend to have an “anniversary season” rather than just a day. We also tend to celebrate that season with a honeymoon of sorts often to get warmth and sun. This year we had two (it was our 10th after all) and the second one was to Copalis Beach on the Washington coast west of Aberdeen, Washington (hence the reference to Kurt Cobain in the title). .
We are beach combers at heart often looking for beach glass and moonstones along with the wildlife we seek. So Copalis’ broad, very flat and rock-less beaches were kind of change-up for us. We had to adjust our search images and the angle of our heads to look for shorebirds and raptors. And on our first rain-less day we scored on this beach.
Walking along the shore we spied a raptor that was eating a shorebird—pulling feathers to get to its meal. When we stalked a little to get closer we were excited to find that it was peregrine falcon. You’ll have to pardon the shaking video, but I have not yet mastered the seamless zooming while walking technique needed for these happenstances.
The peregrine experience was meaningful for me not only because of the story of its imperilment and
|Whale bone on Copalis Beach|
All and all it was restful and productive week as we also had a chance to witness scores of folks using clam guns in their search for razor clams, examined the carcass of baby whale and watched the Seahawks pull the NFC Championship out of somewhere.
Off to more adventures, we will share with you soon.