I’m a Fan of Canada Geese – March 15, 2022

….thanks to Jez for hosting I’m a fan of…..https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2022/03/14/weekend-sky-59-fan-of-147/

Yesterday much of the snow was off the ground and the geese and ducks wandered onto the grass and started eating the turf.

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Birds in Black and White

thanks to Lisa Coleman for hosting

….Thanks to Lisa Coleman for hosting The Bird Weekly Photo Challenge https://oureyesopen.blog/2021/03/19/bird-weekly-photo-challenge-birds-in-black-white-or-sepia/

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Thursday Trios – This One is for the Birds

thanks for joining me on my Thursday Trios #11 journey

Do you have photos of anything with three objects, people or animals? Join the fun and link this post into your own and I’ll be sure to respond. No deadlines or format requirements.

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge – In or On Water

….thanks to Cee for hosting the Black and White Challenge

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In the warmer weather he’d be standing on water when the fountain is working.
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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – A Gift at the End of the Road

……thanks to Cee for hosting the Which Way Photo Challenge

Now that spring is finally here, I’m back out for my walks. I headed towards the parks west of my house to see what kind of damage the recent wind storm had caused. Fortunately most of the debris and downed trees had already been cleared away.

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As I continued toward the pond I was treated to a wonderful gift.
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Playing With Geese

….more like playing with my camera

Usually when I approach birds of any kind they tend to fly away. I was hoping that my new zoom lens would allow me to get closer without actually having to physically approach my subjects.

A few day ago, when I left the dog at home, I walked into the Col. Sam Smith Park hoping to find some birds to capture with my camera. Despite the bitter cold, I found a gaggle of geese along the first beach as I entered the naturalized area of the park. To my surprise the geese did not fly away. Instead a couple of them walked towards me as if looking for something. I don’t know if it was curiosity on their part or if they were looking for a handout.

At one point they got so close to me that I found myself actually backing away from them. One thing I know about geese and swans is that they can be rather nasty and they will bite if they feel threatened. Clearly these two weren’t threatened by me or this big black contraption hanging from my neck.

I’m pretty pleased with the photos I managed to get. In fact, I didn’t have the zoom lens with me. I used the macro lens. These birds were way to close to me for the zoom lens anyway, unless I wanted pictures of their eyes.  I’m sure that an expert could find plenty wrong with them. The day was overcast, Canada Geese don’t have a lot of colour and the beach we were standing on was also void of a lot of colour. Consequently there’s not a lot of contrast and everything seems a little muted. None the less, it is what it is and I finally got a close-up even without my zoom lens.

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