Wire-tailed Swallow

Along tag along on our river cruise!  This wire tailed swallow had built a nest somewhere on the boat itself. 1/1000sec, f4.8, ISO800
Along tag along on our river cruise! This wire tailed swallow had built a nest somewhere on the boat itself.
1/1000sec, f4.8, ISO800

African Pied Kingfisher

Decent photos of kingfishers elude me to this day!  This is as good as it gets, so far. An African Pied Kingfisher along the Chobe River. 1/400sec, f5.3, ISO100
Decent photos of kingfishers elude me to this day! This is as good as it gets, so far.
An African Pied Kingfisher along the Chobe River.
1/400sec, f5.3, ISO100

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters

I couldn't have timed this better had I tried - I love the symmetry of their position and the shadows being cast by their beaks. 1/400sec, f5.6, ISO100
I couldn’t have timed this better had I tried – I love the symmetry of their position and the shadows being cast by their beaks.
1/400sec, f5.6, ISO100

Evening grosbeak

A female evening grosbeak 1/400sec, f5.6, ISO400
A female evening grosbeak
1/400sec, f5.6, ISO400
A female evening grosbeak leaning in for a drink at my parent's backyard pond. 1/400sec, f5.6, ISO400
A female evening grosbeak leaning in for a drink at my parent’s backyard pond.
1/400sec, f5.6, ISO400

Canada Geese

A family of Canada geese on the Pitt River.

Mom, Dad and all the kids out for a swim. 1/400sec, f5.6, ISO1000
Mom, Dad and all the kids out for a swim.
1/400sec, f5.6, ISO1000

Great Blue Heron

Only two weeks ago, this fallen tree was far beyond the water line.  With the warm weather, the river has risen quickly.  I'll be interested to see if the water gets high enough to move this tree from where I have seen it for the last six months or so. On this morning, it was an excellent perch for a great blue heron. 1/160 sec, f13, ISO 1000
Only two weeks ago, this fallen tree was far beyond the water line. With the warm weather, the river has risen quickly. I’ll be interested to see if the water gets high enough to move this tree from where I have seen it for the last six months or so.
On this morning, it was an excellent perch for a great blue heron.
1/160 sec, f13, ISO 1000
The beautiful curve of the heron's neck is mimicked in the branches reflecting in the water by the heron's legs. 1/500sec, f13, ISO 1000
The beautiful curve of the heron’s neck is mimicked in the branches reflecting in the water by the heron’s legs.
1/500sec, f13, ISO 1000

Wood ducks

I have been having a difficult time in the last few weeks to set aside the time to either edit photos or post anything.  I’ve finally gone through photos from the last two weeks, and as usual, it’s all about birds.  These wood ducks were a first for me – I’m sure I have seen them before, but I had never photographed them or identified them.  When I was trying to determine what variety of duck these were, I learned that the wood duck was hunted to near extinction in the 19th century, but a hunting ban helped to rebuild their numbers.

A female wood duck on the log, with the male behind in the water, mostly obscured by plants.   1/1000sec, f5.6, ISO1000
A female wood duck on the log, with the male behind in the water, mostly obscured by plants.
1/1000sec, f5.6, ISO1000

Northern Flicker

The flicker has always been elusive for me when I have my camera in hand.  On days when I am walking the dog near my office (camera safely stored at home), I often see one sitting atop a light pole, pecking at the top, making a lot of noise and drawing my attention, or see one pecking in the grasses growing along the dikes alongside the robins.  When I have my camera though, I always seem to hear them only, as they call from distant trees, or watch them disappear as I am desperately trying to catch a single picture.

I finally had my chance, and was lucky enough to see a couple sitting in a tree along the dike… and they didn’t disappear the minute I focused my camera on them.  As with the herons and the eagle (I still can’t believe I saw all of them in an hour one morning), I am really noticing the noise at high ISO on my camera, but unfortunately in BC, lots of dreary, grey sky days are the norm, and quick moving birds require the fast shutter speed.

 

1/400sec, f5.6, ISO1600
1/400sec, f5.6, ISO1600
I like the expression an body position of the flicker closest to the tree trunk, even though it does remind me of a pigeon! 1/640 sec, f5.6, ISO1600
I like the expression an body position of the flicker closest to the tree trunk, even though it does remind me of a pigeon!
1/640 sec, f5.6, ISO1600
The wind had picked up, rifling the feather of one of the flickers. 1/640sec, f5.6, ISO1600
The wind had picked up, rifling the feather of one of the flickers.
1/640sec, f5.6, ISO1600