Sunday, April 13, 2014

Eclectic Tastes


Changing things up just a bit for this week's selection.

Here is some 'music' for the eyes.


On Saturday Ron, Sophie and I saw and photographed
 two of these lovely creatures down near the trail at the beach.
They have been here for a few months
 and have been causing quite a stir with the birding society.

We were careful not to get too close
 as we didn't want to disturb their routine.

With lenses fully engaged and some 'cropping'
this is what I got:

The first one we saw.....



Too cropped but you get the idea I hope.


And the second 'Snowy' a little further down the trail closer to the beach:




Check out all those feathers around its legs and feet.


And it was off!





25 comments:

  1. This is totally amazing, I can truly say I am envious of your wonderful time with "Snowy", enjoy every day with them. Your first photo with the turquoise colour is "Monet" like. beautiful. Cheers, Jean.

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    1. Jean, thank you. But might I remind you that envy is one of the 7 deadly sins!! lol Couldn't resist that, sorry!! lol
      That forst photo did come out quite nicely...but I must be honest in saying that it wasn't planned at all because that owl started to move and I started to click away! you know how it is!
      Hope this finds both you and Hugh in good spirits and have a wonderful Monday evening.

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  2. What an amazing site... and photos!!! We used to love to go birding, especially when we lived in Connecticut. But I've never seen a Snowy Owl in the wild.

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    1. Thanks so much Mitchell. We were blown away to see these two yesterday and especially the second one at such relatively close range to us.
      We both joined the FB page for the Nova Scotia Birders Society a couple of months ago, seeing we do take a lot of photos out in nature and never know what we'll see out there. We have posted a few on this site.
      I wonder if they venture to the Mediterranean? Not likely!! lol

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    1. Thanks Fiona. As you can imagine it is tricky business taking shots of wild animals......trying to respect its space and not interfering with it at all. The second one kept both eyes on us the whole time.

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  4. Awesome shots there, Jim! Good Sunday morning!

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    1. Thanks. Good Sunday afternoon to you too Sharon! Hope all is well and that the warm air is making everything comfortable.

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  5. I've never seen a snowy owl in the wild. How awesome that you were able to take photos! I enjoyed that video too.

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    1. He hadn't till a couple off months ago Debra. We saw all this commotion one day down on the boardwalk and cars pulling in one after another......then we saw they were all 'birders' coming from everywhere to see these owls.
      We were careful to keep our distance and still manged to get a few shots.

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  6. I can't watch the video just now, but wow!!! Your photos just blow me away. YOU LUCKY THING, I would be in heaven to see a snowy owl! And I agree with your first commenter, that first photo is ART, gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Kay. that first one was taken so quickly when the owl started to lift off. It is however an area that is very kind to photographers with all the natural beauty around.

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  7. Oh, and I meant to say I love your header photo too. If you tell me that you painted that, I will truly be impressed.

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    1. OK Kay...I painted that!! Not really lol but I did take the photo and blogger friend Vicki from 'Two Bags Full' edited it through her iphone app and sent it to me!! Nice eh? I LOVE it!

      Kay we felt very fortunate to have seen the first one, let alone another down the shore a short distance. They are magnificent to see in nature......and their wingspan is quite huge.

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  8. There have been a few snowy owls sightings in our area in the last couple of months, but I've not been lucky enough to see them. Your pictures are enviable and amazing! Hope the 3 of you are enjoying your Sunday!

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    1. Hi Kim. I guess these owls do travel a bit in the winter for a better source of food.
      We were lucky yesterday and very happy we decided to go to the beach trail instead of the park in the city.
      We are having a good Sunday, thanks. Hope yours is going well too.

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  9. Spectacular! I have never seen a snowy owl while out and about. What an amazing experience. That video was great, Jim. I always enjoy watching these types of things.

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  10. Just to see these beautiful creatures would be thrilling, but to photograph them too! Wow! I love the colors and serene mood of that first shot.

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  11. Love these photos today, hon!

    The video is so relaxing!

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  12. Splendid!!
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    :D

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