* Top image of an adult and juvenile Trumpeter Swan make their exit from a pond in Central Saanich ...
* Next frame is a slideshow group of 5 swans coming in for a landing (watch their feet as they get close to landing)
Thanks for the visits today from the folks who stopped by to see the swans ...
Northern Harrier (Marsh Hawk) glides onto a prickly landing spot. below slide show 13 frames
Swan landing , continued below! splashdown!
Black Turnstone enjoys a morning saltwater dip!
* Harlequin Ducks *
*Female Common Merganser cruises past on a beautiful January morning
I had a dream of a tiny jewel like bird with brilliant green feathers and she preferred to fly free amongst the other birds even though she had a warm safe refuge inside my house. She showed me how glorious it was to be out with nature surrounding her. Though I had taken her in and helped her out for a time, there was no going back. I never questioned this only marvelled at this wee creature buzzing about, but it wasn't until I awoke and thought about this vivid dream that I realized its meaning. Hello Gracye .. you are a freebird now!
Happy New Year to everyone who checks out these pages... Thank you for visiting (It means a lot to me to know that people are enjoying the images)
The Swans in the slideshow set above were taken Dec 31st at Central Saanich These graceful elegant birds waddled across the lumpy mud flats and finally into the water. As I watched this pair I thought of the mud flat as the war torn past year of absolute craziness ... Glad to see it passing but yet am leery of the bombshells ahead?... or is it crocodiles, aliens or perhaps clear sailing? I guess we are about to find out.
I wish everyone out there all the very best in the coming year.
Thank you again for your support if you clicked on my images here or perhaps purchased cards or a canvas print. For this I am very grateful as it gives me purpose .... Cheers TerryV
(Dig This Gardening in Sidney carries my images and Michell's Market on Island view Road stocks my cards)
A beautiful pair of adult Tundra Swans gliding across and over the field.
Young of the year Tundra Swan! ( slightly smaller than adults and a greyish tone )
This morning's snow might have Sir A feeling a bit grumpy? Or maybe its the competition ... Late this afternoon I saw 50+ hummingbirds gathered round the feeders.
Mellisa correctly answered the skill testing question and the answer she gave was "Pine Siskin" She correctly identified the mystery bird .. I never would have thought that was so difficult, but I guess since hers was the only entry and also correct , Mellissa wins her choice of 6 deluxe greeting cards or a matted print (I have lots to choose from, so please email me and let me know your preference and I'll get it out in the mail!
Thank you for watching my blog and thanks to everyone who views these nature pages!
Have a lovely Sunday ... TerryV
Above .. A group of Pine Siskins in the yard working on some dried sunflower seeds ... This year I have had daily flocks coming through in the many dozens!
Someone this coming Sunday will win their choice of an 8x10 matted Natural Images Canada photo or a package of 6 deluxe greeting cards.
All correct entries go into this Sunday's draw drum.
Prize will be mailed , hand delivered or can be picked up at Dig This in Sidney, BC ... (A lovely place to shop)
(HINT .. first name of this bird is also the name of a tree) * Good Luck, TerryV
send entries to NaturalImagesCanada@gmail.com
I want to thank everyone for their entries!
I was most interested to hear stories of your favourite bird and everyone said why... Wonderful stories and so meaningful & heartfelt!
There are many 10x10 canvas images at Dig This in Sidney to choose from and many are Hummingbirds, so I don't think Shannon will be disappointed!
Thanks again for all those entries.....
*****Keep watching for your next chance to win*****
Hope everyone has a very happy Christmas Season... TerryV
I am amazed with the patterns and colours on this tiny "Savanah Sparrow"
A raven flies past with his dark feathers illuminated in the strong morning light.
The waning moon as seen just after sunrise
OK, here we go! Please email me using the contact info here on my site and simply say what is your favourite bird and if you like why! Thats all you have to do to enter to win a 10 x 10 canvas print .. which will be hand delivered to the winner if local or mailed.
Thank you for looking and checking my blog...
Knowing there are folks out there who enjoy this keeps me going.
Thank you and God Bless Terry Venables ...
PS , your chances are good to win as currently I am seeing stats of only 9 people per week watching ...
Dec 5th morning at the farm... A gorgeous House Finch gathers seeds from a dried stem of a Sunflower (The morning sun cast a radiant glow on this beauty)
Just moments ago I placed all the entries into the draw drum and
" A Bale of Quail"
was drawn ... Thank you, Helen! And thank you to everyone who entered.
Please watch this space for more contests .. I will be giving away a canvas printed image or 3 between now and Christmas ... details to follow this week!
Shoveler Duck pair dropping into the pond. Some lovely light today provided a helping hand for colour and clarity on my images!
***** Don't forget to submit your entry for the quail photo from last weekend (scroll down) Not a huge prize but a package of 5 greeting cards will be drawn tomorrow from all entries. I will either hand deliver the cards or mail them ... Thanks for looking,,, TerryV
Caption this ... Best one wins a package of 5 deluxe greeting cards (send entries to email@example.com
***Winning entry will be posted here next week! )
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.
* All images and content copyright Terry Venables and NaturalImagesCanada *