Belted Kingfisher

A couple of weekends ago, I was out for my usual morning walk with Spencer when I finally had the chance to get some photos of the kingfisher that I have been seeing intermittently for the last year.  The kingfisher was out along the river where I normally see the herons and ospreys, so I wasn’t able to get the crisp, clear shots I have been hoping for all this time.  But, I had a great sighting, which is all that really matters to me!

While we were on our return along the dikes, the kingfisher was flying from one wooden post to the next, in the same direction we were headed.  I tried a few shots each time she stopped at a different location, but the distance was the always just about the same, so there wasn’t much difference in the shots.  Right near the end of the dike, I stopped to take one more shot, and managed to catch a sequence of the kingfisher diving, catching a small fish, dropping it, and then flying away.

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Pitt Meadows Fire

While heading out for my walk last Sunday morning, I saw a huge column of smoke the minute I left my building.  I snapped these photos from out of the passenger side window, as even when pulled well over on the road, I didn’t want to be out of my vehicle and get in the way of emergency services heading to the blaze.  It only seemed right to wait to go through the photos until I had heard the news report about what happened.  Thankfully, loss of property only.

 

Emergency vehicle lights and cedar trees ablaze.
Emergency vehicle lights and cedar trees ablaze.
For this shot I was about 3 kilometres away; the black smoke dominates the morning skyline.
For this shot I was about 3 kilometres away; the black smoke dominates the morning skyline.
Looking in the direction away from the smoke, it was a truly gorgeous morning.
Looking in the direction away from the smoke, it was a truly gorgeous morning.
By the end of our walk, the winds had changed, moving the smoke over the river.
By the end of our walk, the winds had changed, moving the smoke over the river.

Deer at Pitt River

It was a wonderful weekend for photography while out walking with the dog.  I’ve got lots of photos to go through and edit 🙂

I spotted a deer along the river!  It wasn't long before I realized there were two, resting in the grasses along the river. 1/500sec, f7.1, ISO5600
I spotted a deer along the river! It wasn’t long before I realized there were two resting in the grasses along the river.
1/500sec, f7.1, ISO5600

I’ve only seen deer along the Pitt River a few times, and each time it has been on the far side of the dike, away from the river.  Yesterday, I caught a pair of deer relaxing in the long grasses in the flats along the river.  Once they caught sight of me, they didn’t stick around long, but it was lovely to have the chance to watch them for a few minutes.

Deer

The deer was definitely watching me to see if I posed any danger to it. 1/500sec, f5.6, ISO3600
The deer was definitely watching me to see if I posed any danger to it.
1/500sec, f5.6, ISO3600
Always alert for danger - it was time to get on the move. 1/500sec, f7.1, ISO6400
Always alert for danger – it was time to get on the move.
1/500sec, f7.1, ISO6400
The leader and the follower. 1/500sec, f7.1, ISO5000
The leader and the follower.
1/500sec, f7.1, ISO5000
Once they decided to head for cover, they did so with purpose. 1/500sec, f7.1, ISO4000
Once they decided to head for cover, they did so with purpose.
1/500sec, f7.1, ISO4000
Wandering along the edge of the river, right towards the heron sitting on the stump. 1/500sec, f7.1, ISO2000
Wandering along the edge of the river, right towards the heron sitting on the stump.
1/500sec, f7.1, ISO2000
After heading off along the bank of the river, both deer soon disappeared into a small clump of trees. 1/500sec, f7.1, ISO2200
After heading off along the bank of the river, both deer soon disappeared into a small clump of trees.
1/500sec, f7.1, ISO2200

 

Cooper's Hawk

Today was a great day for bird watching out along the dikes while on my morning walk.  I arrived a bit later than usual and ended up heading in a different direction to avoid following another walker with dogs that had arrived just before me (Spencer would not have been pleased with that scenario).  The change in scenery worked out well though, as I saw heron, an eagle, a northern flicker and I was lucky enough to see a cooper’s hawk for the first time in many months.  I managed a few shots while it hunted along the grassy edge of the river.

 

A cooper's hawk flies along the Pitt River looking for prey. 1/500sec, f8.0, ISO200
A cooper’s hawk flies along the Pitt River looking for prey.
1/500sec, f8.0, ISO200

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Spencer – August 2014

Spencer gets a lot of mentions in my posts; he’s always with me when I’m out walking, and he is such a good, patient boy while I am shooting.  I try to resist the urge to post photos of him though, or this could well turn into a Spencer fan page, rather than a wildlife and landscape photography blog!

But, this weekend there was nothing to shoot, and I just spent the past half hour having some fun doing a couple black and white conversions of photos I took of him, so I thought I would share.

Next post, back to topic 🙂

A very shaggy pup the morning before his haircut.
A very shaggy pup the morning before his haircut.
The loveliest eyes I've ever seen on a pup (yes, I'm highly biased) :)
The loveliest eyes I’ve ever seen on a dog (yes, I’m highly biased) 🙂
I decided to have a play around with using my flash off camera, and Spencer was my subject of choice.  You can see just how excited he was to get his photo taken.
I decided to have a play around with using my flash off camera, and Spencer was my subject of choice. You can see just how excited he was to get his photo taken.
Sleepy pup :)
Sleepy pup 🙂