Frosty Morning in Snohomish River Estuary

Sun rises Union Slew and Spencer Island, Spencer Island, Snohomish Country Parks & Recreation, Everett, Washington (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Dawn breaks over Union Slough and Spencer Island, Snohomish River Estuary, Everett, Washington
(Sony a7R IV with Sony 16-35mm lens at 35mm, 1sec, f11, ISO100)

It was a frosty early morning of bird watching on Spencer Island in the Snohomish River Estuary. An extremely high tide (12.0 feet) flooded through breaches in the dikes and into the estuary, providing great fishing habitat for great blue heron and bald eagles. The sun rose in a spectacle of color and began melting the frost.

Great blue heron looking for fish in tidal wetland, Spencer Island, Snohomish Country Parks & Recreation, Everett, Washington (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Great blue heron fishing in tidal wetland, Spencer Island, Snohomish River Estuary, Everett, Washington
(Sony a7R IV with Sony 200-600mm lens at 600mm, 1/500sec, f6.3, ISO250)

Sun rises over tidal wetland, Spencer Island, Snohomish Country Parks & Recreation, Everett, Washington (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Sun rises over tidal wetland, Spencer Island, Snohomish River Estuary, Everett, Washington
(Sony a7R IV with Sony 16-35mm lens at 35mm, 1/320sec, f11, ISO200)

Imature bald eagle on tree branch against blue sky, Spencer Island, Snohomish Country Parks & Recreation, Everett, Washington (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Immature bald eagle, Snohomish River Estuary, Everett, Washington
(Sony a7R IV with Sony 200-600mm lens at 600mm, 1/500sec, f6.3, ISO200)

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