Fans flock to Union Bay bird blog

Wildlife News

By Erik Lacitis
Seattle Times staff reporter
June 9, 2013 at 8:03 PM
Modified June 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Photo by Larry Hubbell

Larry Hubbell has spent hundreds of hours photographing the eagles and other birds around Seattle’s Union Bay. He says they’re “magic,” and that has drawn numerous followers to his blog.

Having hauled out his 30-or-so pounds of camera gear, which includes a massive 400-mm lens and a tripod, for Larry Hubbell it’s another afternoon of patiently looking for the Highway 520 bridge bald eagles.

In the movies and cartoons, eagles are action figures, dramatically swooping in for the kill.  In real life, they mostly sit around, half-hidden on a tree branch, and often just disappear, flying who knows where.  So you hang around and wait. Hubbell figures he’s waited around for several hundred hours.

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