Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Saturday, March 28, 2015
Song Sparrows posing beautifully on the cat-tail stalks, a symphony of brown and gold. So here's a Song Sparrow (above) with a promise of Marsh Wrens to come.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Double-crested Cormorant up close I am always dazzled by their dappled plumage. The colors and pattern are so subtle - if you see one from a little further away it just looks black, but up close, what riches! They have a wonderful color scheme - the jade-green eyes are also very striking. A visit to Swan Lake never disappoints.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
|Here's what Swan Lake looked like earlier this week. There's just the faintest green blush of leaf buds on the various kinds of bush and willows that edge the lake, and lots of pussy-willows.|
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Bluebells are not a native plant here but have moved into the local environment so successfully they seem like an indigenous species and are a delight to see in the spring.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon hendersonii).
Monday, March 23, 2015
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Monday, March 16, 2015
Barred Owl having a snooze in a tree near the exit trail. There were actually two owls but the other one,perched a little below this one, was obscured by branches. Owls are becoming another favorite model of mine since, like Great Blue Herons, they often sit unmoving for long periods of time, thus enabling even torpid photographers like myself to get a photograph.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
click HERE to take a look at the slide show of the various interior features. I guess this is the sort of boat that will park at the new marina when it is completed.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Harlequin Ducks. A male of the species is pictured above. These sea ducks dabble for their food in shallow waters but also dive for deeper prey such as crustaceans and worms. They often overwinter here but disappear in the summer. However, unlike most other migratory birds they do not fly north but breed and nest in the mountains, flying eastwards to their favored nesting grounds. This behavior is highly unusual - there's an interesting article about these ducks HERE.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Brant grazing along the shoreline. These are birds of passage that we only see here in the spring and fall as they move north and south. Like our ubiquitous Canada Geese, these geese are grazers. Here they are grazing on Sea Lettuce. Eel Grass is another favorite food.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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Sunday, March 8, 2015
Today marks the 7th Anniversary of Victoria Daily Photo. In the last seven years Fern and I have made over 2,500 daily posts and shared about 4,000 photos. It's hard to believe it's been seven years but time flies when you're having fun. I thank our regular visitors for their many supportive and interesting comments and I hope we'll continue to provide a window to Victoria in the years to come.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Red-winged Blackbird. It may be territorial but to me it sounds like a love song. Maybe it's both. Yesterday morning near Esquimalt Lagoon I wandered into a group singing contest. About twenty males (one is pictured above) flitted around in the nearby blackberry brambles, all emitting piercing lovelorn warbles. There were lots of females around too and their disapproving chut chut chuts were like a counterpoint to the males' songs. It is sometimes claimed that Red-winged Blackbirds are the most numerous North American bird, numbering as many as 250 million pairs in good years. Head out to your nearest swamp or cattail marsh and you'll surely find some.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary on Wednesday to see what birds were there. I saw a very nice assortment though nothing unusual - Ring-necked Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, Lesser Scaup, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbirds, Sparrows of several kinds, Downy Woodpecker, Anna's Hummingbird, American Coot, Bufflehead Duck, a Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Marsh Wren. The Mallard Ducks at Swan Lake are very friendly and the drake above posed so photogenically in his new breeding plumage that I couldn't resist taking a dozen photos of him.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Satin-flower or Grasswidow. I find some little patches of these every year near the summit of Highrock Park. These are blooming about ten days or two weeks earlier than last year.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Song Sparrow. This one looks to be in a pensive mood. Below is a Fox Sparrow.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
|Spring is not only a time for a cascade of wildflowers but is also a very exciting time for watching birds. This is a time when there is a lot of movement from migrating birds heading north. And resident birds are becoming more active and visible as they don mating colors and engage in flirting behaviours. The two birds pictured to day are year round residents here but for some reason I don't see so much of them in the winter (probably because I spend too much time indoors when it's cold outside). Above is a Downy Woodpecker and to the left is an Anna's Hummingbird. Both were photographed a few days ago near Esquimalt Lagoon.|
Monday, March 2, 2015
Giant White Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum). These are few on the ground now but over the next three or four weeks they will be sprinkled all over the meadows and forest floors in this area.