Tuesday, July 9, 2013

City Birds

Went to my other favourite park in Vancouver yesterday, the big one known as Stanley.  Another glorious sunny day here.  As I was aiming to get a traditional picture of English Bay harbour, a crow flew into the frame.


I was actually very happy with this guest appearance as I can never catch them in flight when I try.



Although it can be annoying when someone wanders into the picture I'm trying to get, I really didn't mind this walk-on by Mr. Crow.

Not to be outdone,


a flock of Canada Geese honoured me with a sail past (safer than a fly-over from an observer's point of view, if you catch my drift).


And then to top it all off, while waiting for my bus home, I caught this gull doing a magic act!  See how he's making the paper bag hover in mid-air?!



(also caught a glimpse of this funny bird standing across the street from where I was. She looked oddly familiar somehow...)


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  1. You have got some extremely serendipidous shots there. Lovely! I too love it when birds fly into my pictures.And in focus too!

    Have a good week.

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    1. Yes, serendipitous is the perfect word to describe these moments! Wishing you a fun-filled week, as well, Jenny.

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  2. Oh my goodness! Incredible photos all! And what perfect timing for Mr. Crow to fly in like that, right on cue, and yes, in focus too! Love the harbor scenes, the ships, and sail boats and rocks on the beach... sigh.... Great last shot too. Seeing double? ;0 You seem to thrive here...

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    1. Indeed, I was very lucky that day to have the unusual and unexpected co-operation of Mr. Crow (Russell to some)! Glad you like the scenery. That sand-rimmed view of the harbour is one I never tire of. You are very perceptive in your observation that I seem to thrive here. It's good to be "home."

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  3. Haha love your wry commentary just as much as the shots - particularly like those drive-by geese....greetings from an equally sunny Nice

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    1. Wry is I! While it's not unusual for the sun to be shining vigourously in Nice, it's a welcome change on the usually perennially we west coast. Although, to be fair, I am seldom on this coast in the summer, so let's give it the benefit of the doubt.

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  4. Love your bird pictures!
    Brilliant captures.
    My thrill of the summer was my heron eating fish pics ( a first in my entire life!)
    I think I put them on Buster's blog!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Good to know that my pix are appreciated and not considered "for the birds." I will have to do some digging on Buster's blog to unearth that heron photo of yours. I love heron photos! Have a few of my own tucked away in my files, largely not good, but with a nice surprise now and then. Birds are tricky captures without a good lens; at least that's my excuse.

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  5. You are having some fun with the birds way out there. They seem to be very obliging. gotta teach the gulls out here to do that.

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    1. I am having some fun in general, Gwen! Back to my roots, as it were. City girl that I am. Maybe we could start an East Coast Circus of Gulls; should have a great appeal for the particularly gullible, don't you think?

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  6. Nice shots - I love your selfie!

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    1. Ha ha--haven't heard the term "selfie" before! Love it. I recently heard a little girl referring to her soft toys as "stuffies." Wouldn't want to mix up the terms when speaking of a self-portrait.

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  7. that is one amazing self-reflection photo, if i ever saw one!!!

    and the geese are wonderful too, that funny perspective seems to belong to one of them, left behind, or lazier :-)))

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    1. I was surprised to find myself reflected across the street and simply had to dig out my camera. Had just enough "zoom" in the lens to make it work...and then, of course, had fun with some effects in Photoshop. So pleased that you like it!

      Geese captured as I was standing on a little bridge over the stream. Had not seen them coming...and they just kept on coming...

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  8. Reflections of an exotic bird ~

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    1. You are too kind. She's still sporting bright plumage, at least.

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  9. Way cool photos, never mind the seagull with the hovering bag - what about that last exotic one two?? xx

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    1. The last exotic one of the bag, you mean?
      xo

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  10. The birds love you.. or you them.. well yes, both. All lovely birds.. especially the chick in the last pic.

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    1. Thanks, Hilary, but she aint no spring chicken!

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  11. Hi Lynne, great birds and oh there's you. I'm not far away this week, I'm in the heat in BC desert, 37 degrees yesterday, photos next week when I get home,,,M

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    1. Must be sooo hot in the desert! Hot enough here in Vancouver, though the clouds and a few showers have drifted in, after a month's absence. Will come round to see what you've hauled back from the dry lands...as soon as I'm back from the island, in a few days time.

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  12. Enjoy your stay on the island, Lynne!

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