Thursday, May 4, 2017

CrossBill...Is this my good side?

Four  different  birds  flew  into  a  tree  in  front  of  me.  I  was  not  moving  at  all  and  I  think  they  were  curious.  No  sign  of  fear  yet  the  bore  quickly  and  left  to  enjoy  a  new  sunny  spring  morning.

Not with Mate?

Not  sure  who  this  CrossBill  is  flying  with  but  I  doubt  it's  the  mate.  TG

CrossBill...Came to look me over.

This  one  and  three  others  flew  into  a  short  tree  in  front  of  me  down  at  Royston  Ships.   I  was  thrilled  of  course.   Have  not  seen  these  for  quite  some  time.

Father of Many

This  one  was  making  a  new  nest.   Saw  him  doing  that  back  in  March  at  a  different  hole.  Good  of  him  to  pose  for  me  here.   I  appreciate  that.  TG

Nesting material...Just like a bird

He  was  putting  a  nest  together  in  a  new  hole.   I  got  a  glimpse  of  this  behaviour  back  in  March  but  no  photo.  Glad  to  get  a  shot  this  time.   Did  he  have  young  back  in  March?    I  did  see  two  tiny  ones  last  week.  At  this  rate  we  will  be  over-run.  Tony

Flicker sounding on metal electrical box

This  one  was  making  a  metalic  racket  on  an  aluminium  switch  box  on  a  sports  field  light  in  Lewis  Park  Courtenay.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Black Fronted Warbler?

Delighted  to  catch  this  little  guy  at  Dyke Road  Bird  Lookout.  Never  saw  one  before.

Black Fronted Warbler....or Audubon's?

At  first  I  thought  ' Siskin'...then  checked  and  found  Warbler  to  be  a  better  fit.

Wild, yet lets one get 30' close

Could  be  a  farm  escapee.  Yes,  this  is  soft  yet  interesting  and  sort  of  graceful....Hybrid?

Gold Crown Sparrow

There  may  well  be  another  name  for  this  one  yet  seems  OK  for  now.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Miss SweetPea

This  smooth  young  lady  has  a  certain  charm  lacking  in  the  male  brutes  of  her  tribe.

Their Bark is usually a Loud repeated HONK!

These  Lions  at  Fanny  Bay .  Vancouver Island  tend  to  Honk  loudly  day  and  night.  Speaking  with  a  resident  on  the  dock;  He  said  their  loud  honks  carry  for  miles  on  the  water   and  along  the  shoreline.   He  wishes  they  would  have  some  quiet  time. TG

Come Aboard ??....' NO! ' is the constant answer.

This  BIG  guy  is  coming  on  board  regardless.   They  usually  ignore  Loud  Protests   unless  it  happens  to  be  Junior  asking.   Junior  moves  on   sometimes  when  the  size  difference  is  a  big  one. Tg

Lyrics are Honk Honk

These  two  are  belting  out  the  usual  loud  song.   Often  sounds  like  '  Honk  Honk '.  One  Lion  will  honk....Can  I  come  up  on  deck?   The  answer  is  Always  a  loud  ' NO '   and  when  they  scrap  they  sink  teeth  into  each  other's  neck.  You  can  see  the  marks  here.  
These  flesh  wounds  are  very  common  and  never  seem  to  bother  them  at  all.  Guess  the  salt  water  prevents  infection.

Aloof and Judgemental

Pete  ' Mollycat '  mentioned  how  they  have  an  aloof  expression  at  times.  Well  that's  correct.   This  smug  customer  thinks  I  am  a  pipsqueak.   Compared  to  his  huge  bulk,  he  has  good  reason  to  harbour  a  little  contempt.  TG

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Buffle Strut

These  are  so  difficult  to  photograph.  Slider  way  over to  the  right  and  still  little  eye  highlight.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Other ' White Front '

This ' brother '  has  a  touch  of  brown  with  the  black  on  his  front.

Mallard WhiteFront?

Two  of  these  chumming  around  like  brothers  and  fairly  tame  in  behaviour.   Not  sure  what  type  they  may  have  crossed  with.

Saturday, February 4, 2017