Nesting Material

The Ospreys ( Pandion haliaetus ) have migrated back to British Columbia. One of the first things they do after arriving is clean up their nest. With generations adding to the nest year after year, it becomes bigger. I was fortunate to photograph the male Osprey collecting nesting material. It didn’t land on the lakeshore, it would just swoop down and collect sticks feet first. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Beach Trees

When walking on the beach I noticed these beautiful trees created in the sand by the receding tide. Their formation is also helped when the beach has a slight incline. I didn’t have a macro lens, which would have been ideal, and I had to work hard not to get my feet in the picture. I received a lot of curious glances from people walking by. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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American Kestrel

I was on my way to see if the Ospreys had returned to their nest for another season of breeding, when I spotted two American Kestrels ( Falco sparverius ) perched on a wire. They are North America’s smallest falcon and eat mostly insects and other invertebrates, as well as small rodents and birds. The photo below is a female American Kestrel and it was scanning for prey. I never did see the Ospreys, but I enjoyed watching this pair of American Kestrels hunting. Their flight is very light and buoyant. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Not a Breath of Wind

When the sun rises the morning mist or fog quickly burns off. I arrived early when the area was blanketed with fog, but as I set up my tripod and camera the scene was quickly changing. I was captivated by the two trees and their reflections in the water. Please click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Gentle Honking

The Trumpeter Swans ( Cygnus buccinator ) had spent the night along this wooded river. I arrived early and photographed them before the sun came up. I can’t decide which image I like best. The first one has the combination of mist and blue light which created a moody photo. The second image was taken just as the sun started to rise and the sidelight lit the trees along the riverbank. Click on either image to see larger and sharper versions.

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Happy New Year

May the coming year bring you joy and success. Wishing you a prosperous New Year filled with happiness and new opportunities. As we bid farewell to the old embrace the New Year with open arms. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Crimson Caps

A pair of Sandhill Cranes ( Grus canadensis ) glided into the marsh with their loud, rolling, and trumpeting cries. I watched them foraging and probing for invertebrates. The winter sun created this beautiful backlight which lit their crimson caps and orange eyes. Click on the photos to see larger and sharper versions.

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Orange

This scene immediately caught my eye because of the orange colour, beautiful sidelight, and simplicity. I don’t always have my camera with me, but luckily I had my iPhone in this situation. Click on the image to see a larger and sharper version.

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Something Forgotten

When I’m riding my bike I often come across things that I would’ve never seen when driving my vehicle. This old Volvo is in a small garage and overgrown with plants. I wonder what the story is behind this old car? Click on the image to see a sharper and larger version.

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The Refuge Tree

I spotted a large black bear in an open field. It was only later that I realized there were two cubs in a tree close by. The light was fading after sunset and I had to use a high ISO to get this image. Be safe little bear. Click on the photo to see a larger and sharper version.

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