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  1. I just gotta share these up-close photos from my Great Blue Heron close encounter a couple days ago.

    These images were captured with a Canon T6i with a kit lens.

    Apparently these birds have at least one grooved/ribbed toenail for some reason?!

    You can see the herons cockatoo thingy on his head sticking out and in the last 2 photos, and I can just barely see his beak in the last picture.

    I have never seen such a lovely blob of feathers.





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  2. 3 hours ago, JimB said:

    Your field technique resulted in some great close-ups! Slow and low is the way to go. I watched a friend of mine slowly approach an American Bittern, took him almost a half hour inching his way through two feet of water on his knees, in waders, just as he was within good camera range another photographer came sloshing through the water, standing up making all sorts of splashing sounds, needless to say the bittern took off before any shots were taken! The verbal exchange afterwards was quite impressive! Yes, it's interesting to see all the fine details you can miss until you study detailed images like yours.

    Ha ha! Thanks Jim. I sure can relate to that. I've about given up trying to get photos at the beach here because of dogs off leash and eager folk just having no clue that the birds are going to fly away when they rush up to them. I cannot tell you how many times I have missed photos because of dogs chasing them, people throwing rocks, woo-hooing, and being general dimwits. It's a bird sanctuary and there are signs all over to keep dogs on leash but some people just don't get it. I almost don't bother on weekends anymore, and neither do the birds. I lost my shoe in the mud, fallen in the water, and waited hours for ducks to swim or fly to me.

    Best things I learned - patience! And vigilance, remembering to watch/listen to what the crows and seagulls are yammering on about (osprey/eagles), and I make sure I take my camera everywhere cause of that frikk'in pod of killer whales that swam by.

  3. 4 hours ago, Bird Brain said:

    Awesome photos!!

    Thank you Bird Brain! It was the closest I have ever been to a heron. If it been anyone else he would have flown away. Had I lunged after him I could have grabbed him. I always wear the same outfit and some of 'em get accustomed to me and the noisy camera clicks after a while (couple years). I was in full view the whole time. Moved extremely slow and low in a squat position - my legs are so sore today!

    Spectacular bird, definitely one of my favourites.

  4. Thank you for the nice compliment Mer Maeve! I love your photos especially considering they were taken with a cellphone! Thank you for sharing.

    When I got to the beach my jaw dropped too!

    Here's a couple more shots with some birds in them - captured on April 1st (when sun came up directly behind the mountain)

    This 2nd image has a great blue heron flying by and the other birds are buffleheads




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  5. The March 29-30 sunrises over Roberts Bay from here in Sidney B.C. were pretty nice.

    Mt. Baker was great on the 29th but was venting beautifully on the 30th so I snagged hundreds of photos (I was actually out practicing for some sunrise shots for later on April 1st when the sun rises directly behind the mountain from my vantage point so lucky I caught the venting on the 30th)

    Here's a couple of 'em I captured with maybe a seagull or a bufflehead or two




    Sorta looks like E.T. relaxing



    These 3 shots below were captured on March 29th






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  6. On 4/22/2019 at 9:04 AM, Charlie Spencer said:

    Rented?  You can rent cameras?

    Rented that lens, I use my own Canon DSLR and mediocre kit lenses. A local shop here rents all sorts of camera gear - including very nice cameras.


    Literally anything can be rented if you know where to look. A fun one is renting costumes from a local theatre supply house for Halloween, and you can rent props and even a stage set! I was thinking about renting a goat or two this summer to mow my lawn. No kidding - Rent-a-Goat. Someone was actually renting out rabbits here last week (to placate the kids wanting their own) to help keep down the spur-of-the-moment rabbit sales on Easter. Trying to find a new home to rent...not so easy.

  7. Seattle,

    Yes. Gorgeous osprey and a lucky encounter!

    I was just leaving the beach (tried to get shots of osprey diving/fishing) and he landed right above me. Had my entry-level Canon T6i fitted with a rented (and very nice) Canon 100-400mm IS II.

  8. 4 hours ago, millipede said:

    When do Canada geese typically lay eggs? and when might they typically hatch? I managed 45 species at a local lake today which included 5 goslings. Seemed early for that. They had to have laid their eggs in February I'd think.

    45 species and somehow this was the most exciting. 🙂
    Full report >>HERE<< in case anyone is interested. Might add photos at some point but not tonight.

    The Canadian Geese hatched here on southern Vancouver Island late April and early May last year. Not sure how long before that they were laid

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