The Case of Eva’s Rescued Traveller

The other day my friend Eva (the gardener) had an injured bird brought to her that apparently was unable to fly (having used up all it’s air miles on it’s last trip I suspected). At any rate, a healthy serving or two of poppy seeds, some water, a good rest, some gentle stroking of the head feathers, a little more tender loving care, and before long, the little fella (or fellaess) was taking some short, and extremely close-to-the-ground, flights around the back garden area, before it disappeared from sight somewhere. But not before yours truly snapped a few shots, and those, for a very particular reason.

You see, I didn’t think the bird was from around here (because my highly-trained ear was pretty certain it detected a slight accent in the little chirper’s song). He/she was also colored in a fashion I was quite unfamiliar with. It seems I may have been correct, because even scouring the Internet for birds of this region, I could not come up with nary a one that was dressed in that pretty distinctive combination of dusty buff grey on the head, with a yellow breast that slowly darkened to a chalky green on it’s back, with hints of very light brown at the tips of wings. And even when I, in mounting desperation, finally switched to “birds from anywhere”, I was only able to find one dressed in a similar fashion, that was also of the same general size and shape.

The only trouble with what I found was that the bird I identified, the Bell’s Vireo, was a Warbler that is on the Threatened Species List, and is usually found in the central or southern United States, or northern Mexico. So here are a couple pictures of the two birds. I took the first picture, which is the bird that Eva rescued. The second picture is of a Bell’s Vireo. I obtained the picture from the ‘net, and in the interests of fair comparison, I kept my picture as small as that picture, so no one would be biased by size.

Eva's Rescued Bird
Eva’s Rescued Bird
Bell's Vireo
Bell’s Vireo

Now even I can see that it’s not a perfect match, but then I really have no idea how much birds may vary in appearance within their own species, and as I mentioned earlier, I have so far been completely unable to come up with ANY other bird that even remotely resembles the appearance of the bird that Eva nursed back to health that day. (Of course, if I had sang to it, it would probably still be here today ; )  As for the fact that the Bell’s Vireo is not from this region, that could easily be explained if the first bird was someone’s indoor bird that had somehow escaped it’s cage and got outside somehow. But in the meantime, being the curious type of person I am, if anyone out there does know what that first bird should properly be called, I would love to here from you. Then again, I always love to here from you. Everyone take care, stay healthy, happy, and safe. See you next time.

 

The Case of Eva’s Rescued Traveller

A Touch Of Spring- Part 2

Just thought I would put up a few of the pictures that I didn’t include in the last post, that were actually taken on the same day. That particular Saturday was just so beautiful that aside from the pictures you’ve already seen, and these that I’m posting right now, I still have over a hundred more that I could pick through in search of enough for at least one more reasonably-sized gallery. You’ll probably get to see those in the next posting. However, since it’s a little cool today, and I have a bunch of reading that I want to get into, I think everything today calls for a short but sweet gallery of about the same size as the last, and with that in mind, here we go. In the meantime, however, I hope all you wonderful people are having a great Spring, and I hope everyone is keeping healthy, happy, and safe. You have my best wishes and fondest thoughts for an amazing summer rapidly approaching, and in a world too often full of rude surprises, my prayers are always with each of you.

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A Photo-Study of the Vancouver Pigeon

We finally got some sunshine today, so dragging myself away from my writing for a bit, I grabbed my camera, and set out in search of what I could find. I found a few things, and some of those you will probably catch sight of in the next little while, but for today I just thought I would share with you some pictures I was able to apprehend of a flock of pigeons as they were engaging in some play in the afternoon sky. I had so much fun watching them, and some of the pictures came out alright, so here you go, and me, I’m heading back to my writing. So everyone have a good day, stay safe, and I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Pigeons Pigeons Everywhere
Pigeons Pigeons Everywhere
Pigeons Stacked Two-High
Pigeons Stacked Two-High
Pigeon in Flight
Pigeon in Flight
Racing Pigeon Turning It On
Racing Pigeon Turning It On
My Graceful Pigeon
My Graceful Pigeon
My Second Favorite Pigeon Close-Up
My Second Favorite Pigeon Close-Up
My Favorite Unretouched Pigeon Close-Up
My Favorite Unretouched Pigeon Close-Up
I Give Up-This Might Be My Favorite Pigeon Picture-LOL
I Give Up-This Might Be My Favorite Pigeon Picture-LOL
Pigeons Heading Home
Pigeons Heading Home

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Remembrances of Nicer Weather

We have been socked in here with rain so continually these last few weeks that I’ve finally said the heck with it, and decided to put back out a few of my older shots taken when the skys were at least a little more conducive to photographic endeavors. I hope everyone out there is enjoying a slighter dryer winter, and if I hear even one of my government officials mention the word drought this year, I promise them some very stern words. Lol. In the meantime, I plan to try and convince myself that the following pictures just look a little familiar, and were in fact taken today.

Downtown Vancouver From Crab Park
Downtown Vancouver From Crab Park
Grouse Mountain In The Fog 2
Grouse Mountain In The Fog 2
The North-Shore Back-Country On A Cloudy Day_DETAIL
The North-Shore Back-Country On A Cloudy Day_DETAIL
Great Blue Heron Log_Rolling
Great Blue Heron Log Rolling
Siwash Rock Silhouette
Siwash Rock Silhouette

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A Quick Little Gallery And A Meme

Well, since I’ve been inspired to get back into my writing these days, and since I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a full-length novel for some time now, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past few days. The working title is Shadow Warrior, and the genre is Science Fiction/Fantasy, with the stress on Fantasy. I’ve just managed to cross the first 3000-word threshold and things are going quite well. Well enough that I’ve been neglecting a few other things and then finding myself arriving at the decision that that’s OK, as long as it doesn’t get out of hand. Some sacrifices just have to be made if I’m going to put the time and effort into this thing that I believe it deserves. However, when I look at my Blog Stats, and see that I haven’t had a single visitor all day, then I figure it’s time to refresh the material. So here we go. I hope everyone finds something to enjoy, and I promise to try and not leave it up too long before refreshing it this time. I’ll also try and keep you all up to date on just how much progress I’m making with my latest project. For now, however, have a great week, stay safe, and we’ll see you soon.

Shame On The Fighters
Shame On The Fighters

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More Eagles, And Why You Shouldn’t Attack Canada

First of all, I mentioned a few days back that I might try and do a few more videos for this blog this year, and for my first try at that, I thought I would let you people get a look at the crazy guy who keeps annoying you with all these pictures and silly stories. I actually started talking about one thing on this video and ended up on another, but I never claimed to be Stephen Spielberg, and if you don’t find it to your fancy, I’m sure you all know where the off button is located. In addition to that, I’ll do you even one better. If you decide you don’t want to check out YouTube at all, just cruise right past the video and check out the gallery, because I was able to track two of those eagles from the other day back to their roost, and even though the sun had just about given up on me by the time I got there so I was kind of shooting in the dark, I did manage to get a couple of pictures that I was able to rescue somewhat when i got back home to my computer. Because I had to do so much work to try and add some light, they’re a little noisy, and I still had to enlarge them to the point of blurriness, but definitely better than the last ones. At least they’re clear enough to distinguish the male from the female (the one with the wider head). So whichever way you choose to go, I hope you enjoy yourself, and if it’s good looks you’re desiring, stick with the birds.

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Unexpected Visitors

We’ve been experiencing a few cold-snaps here on the coast this last week or so, and with the incoming Arctic air, we’ve also received snow in the upper regions, something that was all but non-existent last year (much to the chagrin of the ski shops and the skiers themselves). So since it’s become such a rarity around here these days, I thought I’d grab a few pictures of the snow-capped mountains while I was out and about today. As these things usually seem to go, while I was in the process of trying to snap pictures of the mountains, not only did I have an eagle fly directly over my shooting path (the key words, unfortunately, being, “directly over“), but also a bluebird zipped right past me just as I was starting to click the shutter, and I was able to divert my focus enough to catch a couple of almost perfectly clear shots of that little guy, and even with the slight blur, they were the best shots I got of a bluebird this year. Oh wait, they were the only shots of a bluebird I got this year. Oh well, such is life. Anyway, So add to those shots, one of a tourist (I think) with too many clothes on even for our weather), one of Canada Place, and one of a busy little harbor area toward Stanley Park and you have an even dozen shots to glance at.

So I hope everything is going well with everyone, and I hope this finds you all healthy and happy. Have a really great week-end, smile lots, and we’ll see you next time.

Directly Overhead
Directly Overhead
A Busy Harbor
A Busy Harbor
Bluebird Flying 001
Bluebird Flying 001
Quite Possibly A Tourist Who's Heard About The Weather
Quite Possibly A Tourist Who’s Heard A Few Exaggerations About Our Canadian Weather
Fast_Moving Bluebird_Close_Up 1
Fast_Moving Bluebird_Close_Up 1
The Snow-Covered Triple Peaks of Mount Seymour
The Snow-Covered Triple Peaks of Mount Seymour
The North Shore
The North Shore
Showing Off It's Beautiful Markings
Showing Off It’s Beautiful Under-Markings
Bluebird in Flight
Bluebird in Flight With “The Lions” To The Rear
Canada Place Sails
Canada Place Sails
Bluebird in Flight _Close_Up
Bluebird in Flight _Close_Up
Unexpected Visitor 1
Unexpected Visitor 1
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