Its always a treat to hear from folks who enjoy the images I post, but a rare occurrence, so today I want to say thank you to the person who did just that today! According to the stats I see on my web account, there are only 5 or 6 people checking the blog so at times I wonder if its worthwhile..... But your lovely note today from the Chicago area made my day! Thanks so much! Hope you have a sweet week ahead... TerryV
The 2 photos above of a Kingfisher ... Love these chattery fishing catchers, but they are generally very shy of my camera and refuse to allow me a close up.. Both these photos are heavily cropped and taken from a distance using 600mm setup.
This beautiful Marsh Hawk (actually Northern Harrier) flew right over my head as I was watching the other direction towards the Kingfisher :))) so I completely missed the close flying shots and the bird was a good distance away before I managed to get this one.
A short hike last evening just before sunset netted this find .. A gorgeous SharpShinned Hawk perched and watching for dinner ... Was a treat to see and photograph! (North Saanich BC)
Momma Osprey looked a bit nervous last evening ... Any moment now she will begin her migration South to an unknown destination (to me) in South America!
Baby or should I say juvenile songbirds and ducks were abundant, like these young Cedar Waxwings and Goldfinches above.
(Hooded Mergansers below)
Above and below ... A young male Rufous enjoys the nectar
Why hover when u can sit and sip at the nectar bar! (young Annas male)
I'm still observing the occasional Rufous (Aug 22 2020) like this young female
I would like to thank Tara @ Michell Valley Plants for suggesting and supplying the flowers you see in the above images! A wonderful place to buy everything you need for your garden!
Though most of the local Hummingbirds are looking rather stressed and moulting plumage, the young of this year are coming into their own and strutting their stuff!
This young Anna's male is getting his adult feathers and I think he's discovered his MOJO!
Happy Wednesday from Hummingbird Haven N Saanich! ... cheers TerryV
Its been an amazing week observing Neowise and I feel somewhat starstruck. What a vast solar system we live in and all the stars and planets beyond are simply amazing! Thank you for looking, liking and thinking about where we live...So far this is the only planet we have.
Lets keep it !
ISS (International Space Station orbits across the 5 images above , passing behind the comet's tail!
A lot of folks have asked me how to see the comet .. It has faded a bit in the past several days. Darker sky is better, 11PM is ok, but midnite is better. Also a dark place away from lights of your house or town.
Look into the NW sky and find the Big Dipper.. With some optics (even small binoculars) cast your gaze just below the Big Dipper's base ...
To the South in the night sky you will see 2 planets Saturn (top left) and the bright star like orb to its right is Jupiter. With bino's you can easily see 2 of it purported 79 moons!
Lat nite around 12AM I watched the International Space Station glide across as I photographed the Neowise Comet .. Quite an evening!
A tiny elusive pond dweller (female Common Yellowthroat)
Some local Blacktail deer coming across a hay field and down to the pond
A pair of sweet baby Great Horned Owls as seen Thursday evening in Sidney.. Over a km away from where i saw the other pair last month. Could these be the same owl kids???
The Bushtit family comes to the spa almost every day for a refreshing splash!
March 2018 .. I just received notice that my blog has been awarded a distinction of being one of the top 100 photography blogs in Canada.
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