Picture of the Day - "Hummingbird Still Life" - May 25, 2018

Saw a hummingbird checking out the feeder next door, a day or two a go but didn't get any pictures. As you know, they never stay still for long. If you do not have your camera in hand, you can not get a shot of one. Yesterday, this female Ruby-throated Hummingbird was flying around and actually sat in this tree for over 10 seconds, which is an eternity for a hummer. I know it was actually longer, as I have shots over a ten second period and that does not include the time it took to find it in the tree and focus on it.

This was taken with a Canon 7D mk II, Sigma 150-600 mm Contemporary @ 600 mm, 1/3200, f/8 and ISO 2000.

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More On The Green Heron Visitor

More on our little visitor we have in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada for the past week. This guy is very hard to spot unless moving.....or in my case yesterday morning, seeing it after being startled....lol.

Here are some more photos taken yesterday morning. The sun was going in and out a lot and sometimes it was hard to get good light on him until the sun reflected off the water as he was moving around. A lot of the time, he was back lit. I stayed over an hour, watching him, taking photos. It was a nice experience to see him fishing (several times). He had a good meal :)

Not sure how long it's going to stay around, as he is not a normal sight, but it's nice to have him as long as he wants to stay :)

Taken with Canon 5Div & Canon 100-400mm f4-5.6 IS L ll with Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter.

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Picture of the Day - "Catch Of The Day" - May 11, 2018

Well as I walked into the park this morning after dropping my daughter off to school, I had a nice.....well....I should say "mini heart attach" surprise. I will elaborate....lol. 

As I walked in, I was finding all kinds of song birds and hearing some other song birds that I've heard before but have never seen what is making the sound. So while I was wandering along, looking around and trying to figure out where it was coming from, I went in a bit on the swampy grass area around some branches. As I did, something flew up, not more than 6 feet from me, into the air and over the trees to the water on the other side. As I caught my breath (as my heart was beating a million miles an hour after jumping back), I looked up to see the back of the Green Heron in flight at this point. After my heart settled down, I realized he was no more than a few feet from me so well hidden, I didn't even see him. You talk about a good jolt to get the heart pounding, that was it this morning....lol.

I followed where he went and along with 2 other photographer friends that I met up with on the water side, we spotted him after quite a few minutes. So I made my way down to an advantage point where I could possibly get into position to get some photos, shooting through branches. I sat down on the ground to get a better view and then the heron flew over a bit closer, more in the clear and started fishing. I watched him for several minutes, all awhile staying very still so as to not disturb him. Then he dove and got his breakfast. He did this several times and had quite a good meal this morning. But out of the many shots taken this morning, this is one of my favourites. There are more coming :)

Taken with Canon 5Div & Canon 100-400 f4-5.6 IS L ll and Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter.

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Someone Might Need Help (WARNING Graphic Content)

Out on our usual day off roadtrip, we spotted something on the side of the road. It was a Barred Owl, in the weeds on the shoulder of the road. We got some pictures and then it hopped down into the ditch. It took a drink, spreading its wings a bit for balance. It then hopped out of the ditch and walked/hopped off into the woods. We left a message with Altlantic Wildlife Institute and waiting for a reply, if there is a concern. When we got back, I looked at my pictures and you can see the left eye looks milky in one of the shots. When I went through all the shots, it looks like it can't close the eyelid on the left but it can close the nictating membrane for protection of the eye. I can't quite see it in the closeup I got though. We are not really sure if the owl needs help or not.

We heard back from Atlantic Wildlife Institute. They think the owl may need medical help. If anyone is in the area of Camp Wildwood and spots the owl, let us know. 

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Picture(s) of the Day - "Courtship Ritual"

A few weeks ago, we stopped to check out a couple of local "celebrities", the downtown Moncton Peregrine Falcons. The sun had just come up and lit up the pair perfectly. It looked like the male had just gone out to pick up breakfast and has come back to offer it up to his mate. She stalked over and after she accepted it, he meekly looked on, as if seeking her approval for the offering. It was an incredible sight.  All photos taken with Canon 7D mk II, Canon 100-400mm V2, 1/1250, F8 and ISO 1000.

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Sunny Sunday Morning

Stopped by Mapleton Park after work Sunday morning. Surprisingly, there were not a lot of ducks around but there were a fair number of songbirds and a friendly squirrel. The squirrel got curious about Bev's camera at one point and got up close, to get a good look.

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Picture(s) of the Day - "Un-Welcome Homecoming" - April 24, 3018

Took a short trip last evening, to see if I could spot a few of the local deer but didn't have any luck. So I decided to carry on and check out a few of thw Osprey nests to see who was back. The first nest had the happy couple sitting in the evening sun, just relaxing after "getting busy" (I was too far away to gets shots). 

I checked out another nest, which had a pair of very unhappy looking birds, checking out the remains of their nest. It is the one that was hit the hardest over the winter. Not much remains, other that just a few sticks. They have a lot of hard work ahead of them.

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Ring-Necked Pheasant and a Great Blue Heron

On a recent outing, we encounter more deer, a couple of eagles, and this ring-necked pheasant walking along side the roadway, seemingly not bothered by us driving up,  and a couple of great blue herons who were fishing along a creek.

Love the fact we can get out more now that the weather is finally starting to be more pleasant :)

Taken with Sony a6500 & Sigma 150-600mm C lens (with Sigma MC-11 adapter).

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Picture(s) of the Day - "Return of Some Summer Vistors" - April 18, 2018

We had heard that the Osprey were back for another year, so we have started checking out the local nests. Today we saw, not one, but two pairs sitting on nests. Some of the other nests did not survive the winter very well but some are in real good condition, for the returning birds. There was one major change though. The nest in the Cocagne area used to be on top of a light standard at a disused ball field. The lights were taken down but the nest was relocation to a pole of its own, behind the ball field. We hope to see much more of the returning birds, soon. It is going to be interesting to watch them rebuild the nests, in need of repair.

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Picture of the Day - "Deer In Morning Light" - April 15, 2018

On our way home this morning, we encountered a few visitors in someone's backyard, just chilling....lol.

With the early morning light shining brightly and back lighting them nicely, it made for an interesting photo :)

Taken with Canon 5Div & Sigma 150-600mm C lens with Sigma 1.4x TC

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Mergansers - Common & Hooded

Today we went out on another bright and sunny day (our 4th in a row.....I think we're finally getting spring.....lol). Along the route, we saw lots of Mergansers. Some Hooded Mergansers and some Common Mergansers. Below are a few of the ones that are our favourites :)

First 2 photos taken with Canon 7D Mark ll & Canon 100-400mm f4-5.6 L IS ll with Canon 1.4x lll teleconverter.

Second 2 photos taken with Canon 5Div & Sigma 150-600mm C lens.

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White-Tailed Deer Along The Highway

Another encounter of a white-tailed deer, actually 4 deer, on the edge of the forest on the side of the highway. This time when we stopped, they stopped to look and then headed into the woods, with tails held high.....lol. We managed to get a few photos before they disappeared. It was lightly snowing at the time as you can see especially in the top photo when the deer stopped and looked at us and the last photo. Absolutely love the last photo Roger took. It was like the deer in the back was sticking his tongue out at us just before he took off into the woods....lol.

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Pictures of the Day - "Oh Dear.......Deer!" - March 29, 2018

Today we took a drive around to see what was out on this (rare) sunny day. We haven't had the best of weather lately and it's been a bit difficult getting out this winter. However, we decided to get out today.

While driving down one road, we spotted something behind some trees just on the side of the road. We stopped and got out and there were 3 deer on the other side. We knelt down to get a better view through the branches as well as to not scare them. To our surprise, they all started to walk out towards us and then stop in between the trees just on the side of the road. There were a few cars that went by and every time a vehicle would go by, they would shy away back into the trees to hide. Then once the car passed, they came out a bit more and watched us. We watched them for quite a few minutes. Roger had gone back beside the car but I was still crouched down not moving.  After a few moments, they started coming out of the trees and then crossing the road. Another car was coming down the road and they all started running to the other side and into the woods again.

It was quite a neat experience. Never had deer actually walk towards us to check us out. We usually see the white tails....lol.

These photos are all uncropped.

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Picture(s) of the Day - "Sheffield Mills Day 2" - March 22, 2018

Thought I should share a few more of the shots we took on our trip to Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch, at the beginning of February. The weather was so different each day, it was like a different trip each day. On day 2 we had some light flurries. I will be putting up a couple of posts for this day and Bev will be doing some as well. There is still the third day to come as well. So here we go.

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