The Beauty of Blossoms

The Beauty of Blossoms

The colours and smells are overwhelmingly beautiful in the city ‘s parks and along the streets. Had to take some photos and hope you like the results. I find it a challenge to get a good composition but think it is successful. These ones are of a deceased friend’s memorial tree in one of the parks. It started off spindly but it starting to take shape. She died in 2006, and I was surprised so much time has gone by. I want to develop these photos and send to her parents who live in another province but am sure they would appreciate the pictures.

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The others are from the neighbourhood.

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First visit to Pond in North Edmonton

First visit to Pond in North Edmonton

There is a storm run-off pond in north Edmonton that I like to go to and it is accessible by public transit so off I went after re-arranging my camera bag to pack in snacks and a water bottle. I loved being here and while not all the birds are back , I did see some Red-necked Grebes and Mallards and House Sparrows and was very happy that I had the energy to walk all around the pond.

Hope you enjoy my captures, they were taken on various sides of the pond in the afternoon, you can really see the difference in light.

This male Mallard Duck was warning someone to not come any closer.IMG_0013-2

Red-necked Grebes are nesting here probaly a dozen nests around the pond.

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Even the House Sparrows take on a certain beauty.IMG_0070-2

Got a nice close-up of this male Mallard at the height of “handsome.”IMG_0049-2

A pair of Mallards resting in the sun. They are enjoying it as much as I.IMG_0021-2

The Common Crackle is anything but “common” during breeding season.IMG_0062-2

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There are a few pairs of Canada Geese here.IMG_0095-2

Here I observed them displaying, taking turns splashing water over their backs and alternate;y dunking their heads.IMG_0124-2

And I got the whole sequence but took two other photos  and when I turned back , the male was climbing aboard.IMG_0137-2

The Grebes chased this male Blackbird out of the reeds then he posed on the rocks for me.Great eye contact!IMG_0219-2

He was eating seeds left by someone else.IMG_0220-2

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This one is calling his mate his crest is slightly risen.IMG_0300-3

More to come , as this is a great place to observe , picnic and just relax while taking photos.I look forward to the return of the Cormorants, Great Blue Heron and American white Pelicans..

First Ruddy Duck of the Season

First Ruddy Duck of the Season

Didn’t find the Hooded Merganzer that I had heard was around but very pleased that I spotted  my first male Ruddy Duck and he was diving away at the edge of this pond, then disappeared as suddenly as he first showed up. I would not be surprised if he had a mate in the reeds. I saw a couple of pair here last year.

No, I am not going to clone out the weeds that are draped over him in the first shot.Colour is off because I forgot to change my WB settings from the indoor ceremony. Tried to adjust to the best of my ability.I took these photos on a neighbourhood pond in St Albert, Alberta north of Edmonton.

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Loving the Owls

Loving the Owls

There are three pairs of Owls nesting in one particular valley here in the city and I have had the privilege of  finding one pair of great Horned Owls. There is another pair of Great Horned Owls and one pair of Barred Owls. I checked out the site and found the male nearby guarding the nest , then found the female in the cavity of a tree. So nice to see although there are no signs of the young ones, although that is not to say that they are not present, just not visible. But here is the newest shot of the male,  disappointing due to the branches in the way.

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The female shot was a little more successful, although it started to rain and you can see streaks in the photos although amazingly no drops on the lens. More to come because I am hearing of other sightings of various species-I just need to get out there!

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The temperatures have risen and the prospects look good.Have a great weekend and happy birding!