Returning Winter residents!
With Hummingbird Haven right outside my door, I can safely avoid an inclement weather photo shoot and still get some images.. Today was cool, windy and rained pretty much all day long. The Hummingbirds arrived by the busload and I was thrilled to see them.
One of my oldest and most frequent visitors is this lovely matriarch (above) who I named Methuselah ... She had a rough summer but seems to be doing very well now despite her crinkled beak and today rain soaked feathers. The younger female in 2 of the images above sits with her frequently and they get along quite well. (I wonder if she is a daughter?)
Sunday Shovelers shoveling :)
Shoveler Ducks (young birds) If you look closely I believe this pair of sibling Shovelers are brother and sister. The males develop an amazing colouration which includes a green head similar to a Mallard Drake. Thank you for looking... TerryV
October 15th ... Hummingbird Haven
I have been experiencing some eye problems as of late and this is making photography and literally everything I do a bit difficult, but this beautiful Hummingbird has a bigger problem. This is his good eye... You'll see the other in the slide show below. (BTW, this little fellow is incredibly aggressive and chases everyone off the feeders)
Young Male Annas Hummingbird with his adult feathers filling in
A gorgeous female Annas Hummingbird above and below!
A very young Annas Hummingbird ... This bird and its sibling that I saw today have not been too long out of the nest!
American Kestrel and "friends"
This series of 5 slides shows my observations from quite a great distance .. An American Kestrel as seen in the fist frames on the left along with a group of Starlings, a Robin and joined by a Flicker .. Then suddenly the entire bunch flew off and a few seconds later the Kestrel returned to sit where the Flicker was. Some people refer to this beautifully coloured raptor as a Sparrow Hawk ... Have a great week... TerryV
Northern Shoveler hen
A good friend and fellow bird enthusiast pointed out & ID'd a small group of these Mergansers to me last August. There were 8 of them at that time and today I still see 7 so these young of the year "Hooded Mergansers" are doing well in a local fresh water pond. Beautiful small ducks .. Much smaller than the common Mergansers.
A quick smootch in the shower while no one is watching ... Bushtits in N Saanich!
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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