Picture of the Day - "Morning Treat (A White-Tailed Deer)" - May 28, 2017

On our way home from work this morning, we encountered an unexpected visitor. This white-tailed deer was sauntering along the edge of the forest along the highway, hidden amongst the grasses. She looked up at us when we stopped, let us get a couple of shots, and then continued to saunter along the edge of the forest until going through an opening further up. We haven't seen deer in over a month, so our drive home this morning had a welcomed treat :) Taken with Canon 5D Mk lV & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM + Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter @560mm.

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Birds with Attitude - Grebe Edition

One of the highlights of our trip to the Sackville Waterfowl Park the other day was seeing this feisty little Grebe. It took off after this pair of ducks, several times as well as a pair of Geese with two little ones. It was showing quite a bit of attitude, like the Eagles in my Picture of the Day post and Bev's Battling Geese post.

 

 

Picture of the Day - " Looking Down on the Lesser Beings" - May 27, 2016

Many birds seem to have real attitude. So many times we see them chasing other birds or harassing them. With Eagles being the top of their society, they always seem to have attitude to spare. This morning when we stopped by the local nest, to see how the little one was doing, it seemed the parent was teaching it how to look down on other species, us in particular. The expression on the parents face seems to say, "You are beneath my notice" and the little one is trying to copy it. The problem with that is that the little one is still very young and very curious, so its look is more quizzical. Taken with Canon 70D, Canon 100-400 mm @ 400mm, 1/800, f/6.3 and ISO 200

Picture of the Day - "He's Baaaacck" - May 26, 2017

It was raining this morning after work and we were a bit tired, so we didn't go out for any photos. But when I got up, Roger looked out the window and said "The Pheasant is back". So I grabbed my camera quickly while Roger slowly opened the window, just enough so I could get my lens through it. The Ring-necked Pheasant's feathers were a bit ruffled due to the rain, but it made his colours really pop.  I fired off a couple of shots before he took off. But this time, he didn't run like previous times. He just sauntered off slowly.....taunting us.....lol. Taken with Canon 5D Mk lV & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM + Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter @560mm.

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Battle For Territory - Canada Geese

The other day, while we were out on one of our outings, we checked one of our local ponds and saw a few geese hanging out on the water. It was quite peaceful for a little bit, and then it began......the battle over territory. Two geese were swimming over to the left side of the pond, when one goose flew in to voice it's concern to them. He landed a few feet from the first goose (you can see the water splash where the goose took off out of the way in the first photo). Then the goose that got out of the way decided that he was not going quietly. He then turned to the goose that landed close to them, and started squawking at him and then the chase was on........You can see the series of photos below on the battle as it unfolded from both Roger and I.  It was quite humorous to watch.....lol. Feel free to share :)

Picture of the Day - "Do I have Something On My Face" - May 25, 2017

Took a trip down to the Sackville Waterfowl Park again today. Trying to find the elusive Sora, once again. We did manage to see it for a second as it flew from one patch or reeds to another but it was too quick to get any shots off. It seemed to be portrait day at the park though as many of the birds seemed to fly up and pose for us. Too many times, we had to step back as they were too close to focus on. I will be doing another post to show off some of my favourites. We saw three Muskrats today and they wanted to get in close for some portraits as well. One kept swimming back and forth under the boardwalk but it was too close to focus on. :) This little one swam up and started munching on some roots and just sat there eating for quite a few minutes before swimming off. Taken with Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary @ 600mm, 1/400, f/6.3 and ISO 400

Picture of the Day - "On Target" - May 24, 2017

Today, we took a trip down towards Albert County. The road is now fixed so the travel was a lot nicer :) Along the way, we photographed a 'few' eagles and other song birds. But when I was going through my photos, this one stood out. He was flying out of a tree going towards his target and flew right in front of us, as he swooped down and then back up. Such mighty creatures :) I am a little late posting this as my daughter had a project she had to finish for school, so I didn't get to my picture of the day until after she had finished :)

Taken with Canon 5D Mk lV & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM + Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter @560mm.

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Picture of the Day - "Swim This Way" - May 23, 2017

Stopped by Wilson's Marsh again to try to find the elusive Sora. We heard it several times but didn't see it. Lots and lots of Red-winged Blackbirds but not as many Tree Swallows. There were several families of geese, most with 5 or 6 Goslings.The parents seem to herd the youngsters by bobbing their heads in the direction they want them to go.  Taken with Canon 70D, Canon 100-400mm @ 400mm, 1/1000 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 320

Picture of the Day - "Make Sure You Get My Good Side" - May 22, 2017

This morning after work, we headed over to our local eagles nest but the eaglet was hunkered down in the nest and we didn't see it. Maybe next time. Momma was on a perch beside the nest keeping watch. We walked around and saw a few birds flying around. Caught this guy on the ground and up on a hill, almost at eye level to me. He turned to look at me as if to say "Make sure you get my good side".....lol.

Taken with Canon 5D Mk lV & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM + Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter @560mm.

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Picture of the Day - "Looking for Breakfast" - May 21, 2017

After work, we went out to enjoy a bit of the sunshine that seems to be in short supply recently. It was a bit chilly but bright. We headed over to Wilson's Marsh to check out some of the new inhabitants (Goslings) and anything else we could see. There were plenty of songbirds in the trees but most were not the most cooperative and kept hiding behind the branches. Saw a few Tree Sparrows, Goldfinches, an American Redstart, some Gulls flying by and lots of Red-winged Blackbirds and Canada Geese. We got some good shots of the Geese out for their morning swim with their Goslings but I think I like this female Red-winged Blackbird more than anything else I took today. Taken with Canon 70D, Canon 100-400mm @ 400mm, 1/1600 sec, f/8 and ISO 500

Picture of the Day - "Food To Go" - May 20, 2017

Today, we went home right after work to sleep. So no pictures in the morning. But when we got up, we decided since the sun was out, we would do a short drive around to see what we could find. We ended up in a few places. But on our way home again to get ready for work, we stopped by one of our favourite spots for Osprey. Caught this guy in a tree with a fish. He was back to us on the branch, so I naturally thought he would fly forward away from us and around to go back to the nest. However, he surprised me. He leaped up and did a loop in the air and started coming straight at us, fish in claws, food to go :)

Taken with Canon 7D Mk ll & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM @ 400mm.
 
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Picture of the Day - "Promise" - May 19, 2017

Wow. Can you believe this weather. Warm sunny morning to dark, dreary cold afternoon. And I do mean COLD, with the dark clouds and mist. The temperature dropped over 10 degrees in about 2 to 3 hours time. We went and checked out a new (to us) area, for birds. There were reports of a Virginia Rail and a Sora in the area so we went to check it out. Saw lots of Tree Swallows, Canada Geese, Red-winged Blackbirds and some Black Ducks but only heard the Virginia Rail. We did manage to catch sight of five Goslings swimming with Mom and Dad. There were a few trees in bloom as well, promising of better weather to come.  Taken with Canon 70D, Canon 100-400mm @ 400mm, 1/640 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 1250

Picture of the Day - "Meal On Wheels......Er...Wings" - May 18, 2017

Today was a bit interesting. We stopped at several places and along the way, we encountered a Tree Swallow fight (which was awesome to see let alone get photos of). Those photos are coming up in the next post. But at this one spot, we saw this Osprey with a fish on the wire. He then took off to the nest to give 'what was left'...lol....to his mate. Then she took off with it and circled around, and over our heads to check us out, and then off to finish the meal. This shot was, I think of the male, when he left the wire and was heading to the nest. I wish he would have been coming at me instead of sort of a side view. However, he did turn his head toward me as he passed, which made up for it. I still like the composition :)
 
Taken with Canon 7D Mk ll & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM @ 400mm.
 
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Picture of the Day - "Did You Say Something?" - May 17, 2017

On our usual trip to find interesting things to capture, I got this shot of a Song Sparrow. He gave this quizzical look. The expression on that face is priceless. Taken with Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600mm @ 600mm, 1/1600 sec, f/8 and ISO 1000

Picture of the Day - "American Kestrel Portrait" - May 16, 2017

Today when we were out in our normal drive around, we spotted this guy. He was perched on a wire at first and then flew over to the top of this tree. Although the sky was not that inviting, I still like the composition as the bird is slightly looking towards the camera and not showing us his backside......lol.  Such a pretty little raptor. Taken with Canon 7D Mk ll & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM + Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter @490mm.

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Picture of the Day - "Unusual Pose" - May 15, 2017

Yet another grey, damp, dreary day. I did get a couple of shots of some flowers in the rain but I was not really happy with them so I decided to go with something from yesterday morning.  Going by the Dieppe Traffic Circle every day, we have seen the usual geese, duck and crows. Recently though we have seen a few Great Blue Herons and some Double Crested Cormorants. The Cormorants seem to like perching in one of the trees right above the fake owl someone hung up to discourage the birds. I am still trying to get a shot of them but did get some shots of one of the Herons. We usually see Herons in flight or along the water, not usually in trees. Taken with Canon 70D, Canon 100-400mm @ 400mm, 1/1250 sec, f/8 and ISO 320

Osprey Moments - Portraits

More on our Ospreys in the area.... Such intense birds :) Taken with Canon 7D Mk ll & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM + Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter @560mm.

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Picture of the Day - "Good Morning To You" - May 14, 2017

This morning after work, we stopped by to see our local eagles. One was perched on a broken branch by the nest and the other flew in with a large stick and started rearranging it to their liking on the nest. After a few minutes, the other one on the perch flew off the branch and went over our heads and proceeded to hunt over the trees in the back (we assumed it was for more nesting material). After another few moments, it came back and was so close when flying by that I didn't have time to zoom out. He/she slightly twisted their head to sort of look at us as if to say 'good morning' as they went by, and then continued to the nest. We left shortly after that as working nights, we were a bit tired, but before we did, I did catch an American Robin on a steel pole fairly close up. I will be sharing those in a future post :)

Taken with Canon 7D Mk ll & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM + Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter @560mm.
 
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Picture of the Day - "Peaceful Easy Feeling" - May 13, 2017

Went for our usual drive looking for photos. Stopped by a small, local river and took a few shots. Bev got the living daylights scared out her by a Pheasant taking off about five feet from her. We have seen Herons and a Beaver there before but today we only saw a few ducks. We then stopped by a few Osprey nests but most were not cooperative. We did catch a pair driving off an Eagle from their river, fishing grounds.  Taken with Canon 70D, Canon 100-400mm @ 100mm, 1/1250 sec, f/8 and ISO 640

Osprey Moments - Perched With Fish

The other day we spotted an Osprey perched on a broken tree. As we approached, we saw it had a fish and was thoroughly enjoying it's meal. He saw us approach, but stayed put, watching us, but not offering to fly off as they sometimes do :)  I especially love the expression when he looked straight at me and then proceeded to continue to eat.....lol.

Taken with Canon 7D Mk ll & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM + Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter @560mm.
 
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