This moment of good fortune was like a gift. He was probably curious about me. My white patterned shirt may have seemed like a thick birch bark so he had to come close, and then I turned around. He didn't stay long. Only three shots. TG
Down at Royston Ships Park there are some nest boxes put up years ago to bring Martin numbers back up again. It worked. Numbers are much better these days. We humans took down so many old dead tree snags that they had a housing crises. Now with nest boxes on shoreline pylons form Oregon to Vancouver Island, Purple Martin are doing fine.
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
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
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.
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
The American widgeons munch around in the grass for a while, then fly down to the water then soon return for more greens and back again for more of a group swim. This one held back for some reason. Guess he thought it was portrait time.