They fly so fast that I am unlikely to catch an images of them flying, but not for a lack of trying. These were at a boardwalk at Big Lake in St Albert. It is a great place to walk and observe many species.Once they get used to people they have no problem stopping and perching right on the boardwalk for our delight.
It is early evening so the focus is not always sharp but the lighting gives a new ambience to the birds. I am not getting out as much as I would like because I broke my toe. I can walk, but in a very SLOW way. I am hoping the healing will be done as predicted in about two more weeks.
It would be nice to find a place to perch and let the birds come to me. In this case, I went with a friend to a local pond and felt such delight watching these ducks and ducklings.
Male Lesser Scaup captured in the setting sun
Male and Female Lesser Scaup, she wouldn’t turn around, busy eating.
Male Lesser Scaup being quite vocal
Female American Wigeon
Male American Wigeon
I have seen this group a couple of times and hope that they are not orphans because I have never seen the parents. They are Common Goldeneye ducklings.
It is fun to listen to mother “talking” to her brood with soft tones.
The bravery and determination of the male Red-Winged blackbird is impressive, especially whe he is protecting young ones in a nest. Here he has taken on a crow, and believe me, he was inflicting some pain, if I could judge correctly by the sounds that the crow was making. The Red-Wing was successful in chasing the predator away.
I went to a small pond in the heart of a community north of Edmonton, hoping to see a Ruddy Duck or Hooded Merganzer but had no luck on both accountsAfter I visited Big Lake in St Albert I thought I would try the pond again, just in case.
As luck would have it, the Male Ruddy had just come out of the reeds so I went around to where he was and at first couldn’t see but where there was an opening in the reeds was exactly where he appeared. He even faced off with me, no shyness here! Here he is sputtering and churning up bubbles with stiffened tail and raised crest. Fantastic!
He saw I was no threat and swam away, but not before I got some images. Definitely worth returning to the pond!
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.
The others are from the neighbourhood.
First Pow Wow of the season for me is the Ben Calf Robe which is indoors at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Treaty 6 Territory. Very impressive flurry of colour and humbleness of spirit.
The day before Mother’s Day I attended the Ben Calf Robe Pow Wow in Edmonton, Alberta. It is a nice start to the season. I captured some images of mothers and children and wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.