Local nature blog Union Bay Watch has really taken off in the past year, thanks to the passionate and patient work of Montlake resident Larry Hubbell. This morning Larry and UBW appeared in The Seattle Times, getting front page treatment.
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…
“Patience, there is a lot of that,” says Hubbell, who in his other life is a system data guy for Starbucks.
On this afternoon, Hubbell has set up his gear in the Madison Park neighborhood, where East McGilvra Street dead-ends into the eastern razor-wire-topped fence of the Broadmoor Golf Club.
The article goes on to detail Larry’s coverage of “Life After Eddie,” an on-going series covering the bald eagle family of Eva and Albert, after Eva’s previous mate Eddie was killed by a bus on 520. Larry broke news last spring with photos of the pair’s two new eaglets. He did the same this year with news of a single, and fast-growing, eaglet that he expects to fledge from the nest in record time.
Albert and Eva are local celebrities because of their high visibility perches atop lamp posts on the 520 Bridge approach across Union Bay. Commuters often photograph and comment on the eagles, appreciating the brief glimpse of wildlife in an otherwise ordinary (or even frustrating) commute. The eagles seem unbothered by the traffic traffic below, favoring the lamp posts for their prime view over Union Bay’s hunting grounds.
Larry’s “news” coverage of Union Bay brings awareness — and deeper appreciation — to the role wildlife plays in the urban environment of the Seattle. His posts appear on The Seattle Times’ Community News Network page and he regularly posts photos and links to his blog on Montlaker. Congrats to Larry for getting some big media press and big thanks as always for making local wildlife come alive on the web!
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