Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wings on Wednesday

Monday, October 25, 2010

What Do You See? Impressions, by Joshua...

Today, I was going through my son's photographs from our recent trip to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. I was very pleased with them and wanted to feature just a few here.

My son is 9 years of age and shares my love for the outdoors, photography, and birds. To follow are just a few of his images.

The most important thing I've learned, while going through these images, is that my son noticed things I overlooked ~ the mushroom, the scattered flight patterns of the Snow Geese, a fleeting moment of silence while "little brother" watched a Hawk hunt over the marsh, and the way the Long-billed Dowitchers appeared from the tower while looking through the fence. Sadly, I've never even bothered to climb that tower, or back-up far enough to catch more birds in flight, or study the forest floor in search of mushrooms.

Perhaps, next time, I will. Thank you, Joshua, for showing me the little things ~ things overlooked.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wings on Wednesday

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall Highlights from Westham Island

We spent some time over on Westham Island today, visiting the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. First up was a big surprise ~ A Black-crowned Night-Heron, perched low in a tree. A short walk down the trail revealed a sneaky female Wood Duck, caught red-handed on the feeder and desperately trying to avoid eye contact with me.

The migrant Sandhill Cranes were present [about 12 in all], as well as the resident family of 3. Oddly, there were very few Canada Geese present, clearly replaced by a huge flock of Snow Geese. The flock of Long-billed Dowitchers were also napping by the blue tower.

All in all, it was very busy at the Sanctuary, with plenty of air traffic moving in and out throughout the day.

I did manage a Life Bird today ~ An Eared Grebe. To follow is my photo record of my sightings...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wings on Wednesday

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wings on Wednesday

A curious Long-billed Dowitcher...

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Stealthy Steller's Jay...

The textbook modus operandi of the Steller's Jay...

Look right...

Look left...

Look down...


Friday, October 1, 2010

The Sandhill Crane Family ~ A photo update...

Some of you may recall an earlier post, back in June, featuring a Sandhill Crane chick. Well, this is THAT chick...all grown up! To see my previous post, featuring this colt as a wee one, visit HERE