A couple of weeks ago I was pleasantly surprised to see for the first time in my yard, a pileated woodpecker. A couple of days ago, as I was sitting on the front porch admiring spring coming into its own, I heard the unmistakable sound of a pileated woodpecker. This time, I had enough time to quietly sneak into the house and grab my 'wildlife' camera and capture a couple of images of the once threatened species as it foraged for insects in my tall Manitoba maple tree. Unfortunately, this does not bode well for my tree!
December 17, 2012
A chestnut-sided warbler landed on my Nanking cherry a couple of years ago. I captured it from a blind I setup about 10 feet away. He returned today transformed ...
November 30, 2012
I noticed this ruffed grouse on the roadside and stopped to observe it for a while. It eventually flew across to the other side of the road and made me think that it would be interesting to try and capture it in flight. It eventually returned to a tree on the other side of the road after which I readied myself for a shot. As I approached closer to the grouse, it once again left the tree and I quickly followed its motion releasing the shutter a few times. I was happy to find one frame in focus, particularly since I captured the image from close range without remote triggers or sophisticated technology. It's nice to have 'Lady luck' on your side occasionally.
October 30, 2012
It's always a bit of a surprise to find a great blue heron perched in a tree. While they do nest in colonies called 'rookeries' on the tops of trees, they are most usually seen wading in wetlands stalking fish. I surprised this one and managed to catch a sequence of it flying out of a tree.