This blog focuses mainly on an encounter Dian and I had July 17 2017 with an Otter. The first few pictures are an eclectic collection of birds we have seen this year but have not yet found a theme for a blog to suit them. So I will insert them here.
|Mallard/pintail hybrid Jan 2017 Beacon Hill Park Victoria, BC. We have probably observed a half dozen Mallard/Pintail hybrids in the last 20 years. This was the first opportunity to obtain a reasonable photograph.|
|Buffleheads although plentiful are difficult to photograph because of the stark white plumage. I captured some of the detail here. Taken in March in Abbotsford.|
|I just like to see them landing.|
|Hooded Merganser Feb 2017. Wilband Ponds, Abbotsford.|
|American Bittern Mar. 2017 Wilband Ponds, Abbotsford, BC.|
|Northern Shrike Feb 28 2017 Wilband. Shrikes are difficult to approach but this young one let me get a few shots before it flew. It was snowing that day.|
|Red-breasted Sapsucker June 25 2017. This bird was gathering insects among a throng of beach goers at Rolley Lake. The young ones must have been nearby.|
|The star of this blog is a River Otter.|
|On July 17 Dian and I were hiking at our local Wilband Ponds here in Abbotsford.|
|This Otter was running down the trail towards us. I told Dian not to move and I started snapping pictures. I had no idea what the settings were on the camera as everything was happening pretty fast.|
|It knew we were there but kept coming-mouth wide open all the time.|
|It was getting more difficult for us to hold our position as it kept coming.|
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