Heron in flight

Believe it or not, the heron landed in the somewhat flimsy looking tree at the far left of the photo! 1/640sec, f5.6, ISO400
Believe it or not, the heron landed in the somewhat flimsy looking tree at the far left of the photo!
1/640sec, f5.6, ISO400

Bald Eagle

It has been wonderful to watch, and capture, drama involving the eagles and ospreys the past couple of weekends, but I must admit, it is also nice to once in a while see them sitting still so I actually have the chance to really focus and compose a shot! 1/1000sec, f5.6, ISO500
It has been wonderful to watch, and capture, drama involving the eagles and ospreys the past couple of weekends, but I must admit, it is also nice to once in a while see them sitting still so I actually have the chance to really focus and compose a shot!
1/1000sec, f5.6, ISO500

Heron Reflection

A heron casts a lovely reflection while standing in the shallows of the Pitt River around sunrise. 1/640sec, f5.6, ISO400
A heron casts a lovely reflection while standing in the shallows of the Pitt River around sunrise.
1/640sec, f5.6, ISO400

Killdeer

I found this Killdeer wile out for a walk on Sunday morning.  I was actually walking rather slowly while trying to take a shot of a heron, and noticed this little guy hopping around on the ground after the heron flew off.  I am a bit surprised how close I was able to get to him (or her). 1/1000sec, f5.6 ISO1400
I found this Killdeer while out for a walk on Sunday morning. I was actually walking rather slowly while trying to take a shot of a heron, and noticed this little guy hopping around on the ground after the heron flew off. I am a bit surprised how close I was able to get to him (or her).
1/1000sec, f5.6 ISO1400
I am glad that I saw the Killdeer on the ground rather than flying, as it was easy to see (and capture) all the beautiful markings.  And it made it quite easy to identify in my bird book.
I am glad that I saw the Killdeer on the ground rather than flying, as it was easy to see (and capture) all the beautiful markings. And it made it quite easy to identify in my bird book.
While I snapped photos, the Killdeer hoped around and kept extending its neck up and down, reminding me of the movements that a pigeon makes.
While I snapped photos, the Killdeer hopped around and kept extending its neck up and down, reminding me of the movements that a pigeon makes.

Swallows

The hazy days of summer.  A combination of early morning fog and the sun coming up from behind the Golden Ears Mountains.  1/640sec, f5.6, ISO400
The hazy days of summer. A combination of early morning fog and the sun coming up from behind the Golden Ears Mountains.
1/640sec, f5.6, ISO400
A northern rough winged swallow. 1/1000sec, f5.6, ISO640
A northern rough winged swallow.
1/1000sec, f5.6, ISO640
I'd never before noticed such a huge group of swallows.  They stayed out over the water only for a short time, and then all headed back towards the trees and grasses. 1/640sec, f5.6, ISO400
I’d never before noticed such a huge group of swallows. They stayed out over the water only for a short time, and then all headed back towards the trees and grasses.
1/640sec, f5.6, ISO400
I've been lucky enough to capture some decent photos of both the northern rough winged swallow, and this cliff swallow.  I've definitely seen some barn swallows in the mix as well, but I haven't managed to get any photos of them yet. 1/1000sec, f5.6, ISO640.
I’ve been lucky enough to capture some decent photos of both the northern rough winged swallow, and this cliff swallow. I’ve definitely seen some barn swallows in the mix as well, but I haven’t managed to get any photos of them yet.
1/1000sec, f5.6, ISO640.

Bald Eagles versus an Osprey

I was out for my usual Saturday morning walk, when I heard a great amount of commotion out on the water, and I knew even before I looked that the cry was of an eagle.  The bald eagle had raided the nest of an osprey and stole one of the chicks, and the mother osprey was out for blood.

The bald eagle pauses on one of the eroding pylons in the Pitt River, with the osprey chick still clutched in her talons.
The bald eagle pauses on one of the eroding pylons in the Pitt River, with the osprey chick still clutched in her talons.
Calling out to her partner, the lifeless legs of the chick dangling in the air.
Calling out to her partner, the lifeless legs of the chick dangling in the air.
The chick is dropped into the river, as the eagle begins her defence against the mother osprey.
The chick is dropped into the river, as the eagle begins her defence against the mother osprey.
Even though nothing can be done to save the chick, the osprey mother is relentless in her attacks of the eagle.
Even though nothing can be done to save the chick, the osprey mother is relentless in her attacks of the eagle.
The battle continues.
The battle continues.
The osprey circles back again to try for another attack.
The osprey circles back again to try for another attack.

Bald Eagle vs Osprey-7 Bald Eagle vs Osprey-8

The dramas unfolding in nature are better than any soap opera!
The dramas unfolding in nature are better than any soap opera!
The eagle's partner flies in to provide reinforcement.
The eagle’s partner flies in to provide reinforcement.
The nest robber still defends her position as her partner comes in to land.
The nest robber still defends her position as her partner comes in to land.
The landing is aborted and the battle continues in the air.
The landing is aborted and the battle continues in the air.

As the drama continued in the air, Spencer was getting restless and it was time to carry on with our walk.

Trumpeter Swan

After a very stressful week, I was dragging my butt this morning, but I still managed to get out the door for our walk by ten past six.  I almost left my camera at home, but decided to bring it along at the last minute – I’m so glad I did.  I had a lovely walk with Spencer and fabulous bird sightings as well.  I have lots of editing and posting to do over the next few days!

Today was the first time I saw a trumpeter swan along the Pitt River.  I’ve not had any success in finding any information online about what the tag signifies, but it is a yellow neck band, marked with M38 as well as a visible band around one leg.

I was surprised to see a tagged trumpeter swan (M38) amongst the geese towards to end of the dikes.
I was surprised to see a tagged trumpeter swan (M38) amongst the geese towards to end of the dikes.
1/1000sec, f6.3, ISO640
1/1000sec, f6.3, ISO640

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter swan tagged with M38 swimming amongst some Canada geese.  One their own, the geese seem very large, but next to the swan, they seem so small!
Trumpeter swan tagged with M38 swimming amongst some Canada geese. One their own, the geese seem very large, but next to the swan, they seem so small!
My first sighting of a swan along the Pitt River coming to an end.
My first sighting of a swan along the Pitt River coming to an end.
Flying so low over the river, the long wings of the swan occasionally made contact with the water. 1/1000sec, f6.3, ISO2200
Flying so low over the river, the long wings of the swan occasionally made contact with the water.
1/1000sec, f6.3, ISO2200

Trumpeter Swan in flight