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Monday, October 29, 2012

Posting Photos for P


Today I am attempting to put in some photos in the category of "p" for the ABC meme that I follow along with the other wonderful memes listed at the end of the post.  I am having a very busy week so my text will be limited and I won't be able to reply to comments for a few days as I am away from the computer at this time.  This is a parrot but I am not sure what kind he is ....I lost the info on this bird, someone will tell me what it is.



Fish below at the hatchery...Puntledge river.

Fish at the Puntledge River Hatchery near Campbell River, B.C. You can click the picture and it gets much larger.




 Pigeons in love.

Pigeon, oh well it is a Rock Dove but I call it a Pigeon.

Pileated Woodpecker


 Peregrine Falcon


Peregrine Falcon at Pacific Northwest Raptor Center in Duncan, Vancouver Island.


 Kaleb Pike Park near Victoria, B.C.
Parade downtown Victoria, B.C.
End of the Tea Party.

Pine Siskin in the yard.

 
 
The view a short time ago from the trailer at Salmon Point near Campbell River, B.C.
 
 
This is an eagle eating a fish at Pedder Bay this summer.

Here is a Polyanthus..this was one of the first pictures I put on my first blog years ago.
Recent Pow Wow this summer.

I am so rushed with this blog...sorry...I am a bit late for this week due to other commitments but did not want to miss the week entirely. When I get back on the computer I will catch up.

My thoughts go out to many of the people in the path of  hurricane Sandy.  Many bloggers I know are in that area.  Please stay safe.

The news just came in that the Bounty sank.  I have not got all the info yet. Hope all the people were saved.  Took these pictures in June of 2008 when the Bounty came here with the Tall Ships.





Thank you to these memes for allowing bloggers to share their story.  I may not remember to enter them all but this is the quick way for me to join in the memes as I have some difficulty with my eyes. So glad that these memes continue on, Our World is a long standing meme kept alive by dedicated group.  Many of the bird memes ended so I am glad that Wild Bird and Bird D'pot continue to gather the birders.  Nature Notes and Outdoors Wednesday are also long time memes hosted by helpful bloggers.

Please take care in this week of storms and earthquakes.

The Bird D'pot
Our World Tuesday
Sweet Shot Tuesday
Tuesday Tweets
ABC Wednesday
Nature Notes Wednesday
Outdoors Wednesday
Wild Bird Wednesday







 
edit note:  I sometimes have to republish after I see how many errors I made or links not working.  I list all the memes for the week now as I can only spend a short time on the computer as my eyes get tired. Such is life. To continue reading posts you must click older post below or see the index at the top or the side or pick a popular post or label from the sidebar.
 
 




Monday, October 22, 2012

Oyster River Areas and Owls


Owls and Oyster River places today.

 I am doing all the "o" photos for ABC meme. The memes give me a focus and force me to keep organized.  I searched through my photos and found all the "o" ones that I liked.

Barn Owl at Pacific Northwest Raptor Center in Duncan, B.C. A great place to visit on Vancouver Island. 


Great Horned Owl babies I found out in the woods one day...they are so cute.
 The little one below put on quite a show for me of his new wings.

Above is a Great Horned at the Raptor Center in Duncan.
Below is a lovely Barred Owl who I though was so nice as he came and slept in my tree for a long time. He liked me and I liked him so much but.....
I liked him until he quickly pounced on one of my birds and swallowed it. He had the nerve to eat it in front of me and still sleep in my tree. It was my favorite bird too. He does look a little guilty and ashamed as he knew I was taking his photo. He stayed on my tree for a few days and I was glad when he left.
Here is another Barred Owl I got while we were out on a drive the other day...had to climb through the bush a bit to get it. He was so tired he let me walk right up to him.  Not cropped.  I always seem to be somewhere in the bush, in the mud, in a river or on a beach.

 Owl at North Island Raptor Centre..not sure what kind of owl perhaps someone will know.  Looks like a baby. They were really small perhaps Barred Owls.
Osprey eating fish near its nest.



Eagles at Salmon Point RV Resort near Oyster River...this was such an amazing place to stay and to be greeted by two eagles that spent all their time on the tree directly above our rv site.  They were not familiar with me and one would fly away immediately when it saw the camera and the other would look curiously at my Canon lens for a while. I hope they get to know me like the other eagles.  I need more time with them and to find their nest.

Salmon Point RV Resort on Vancouver Island, B.C.
This is where we stayed during our recent trips to the north Vancouver Island areas. Salmon Point Resort and Marina near the Oyster River and Campbell River, this is the marina directly in front of the rv sites.  It is so pretty there. They had a lot of fish come into the marina and not want to leave so there were fish jumping all around....how much better could it be to have eagles and fish. I was in heaven....I took bear photos all day and then came home here. They also have wonderful cabins on the water.
This is one of the fishermen who fish out at the point at Salmon Point....actually was a fisherlady!!  Cool hey.
This is the blue moon we had recently, fishermen still out fishing at sunset at Salmon Point.

Some of the rv sites at Salmon Point are right on the waterfront, I like it more back in the trees.
There is an amazing pub and restaurant there and a typical day of touring and checking out bears, birds and wildlife would end at the pub.
Then we would walk home to the rv after the sunset and listen to the fish jumping in the marina and go for a hot tub. I wish I could live there. I liked it so much.  It is open all year and is really clean.  It has all the services and incredible hot hot showers! I put it on top of my list of places to Stay and Play. I will do a complete write up on it later.  The girls who run it are super nice as well.
Oyster River, B.C. below in the northern part of Vancouver Island.
I think I sat the camera down on a rock and took this shot so it is slanted but I ended up liking it.

Ocean Centre out in Sidney, B.C. Vancouver Island



Octopus


Otters...these are River Otters at Goldstream Park, near Victoria, B.C.

Ogden Point, Victoria, B.C. Vancouver Island


Olympic Mountains off of Sooke, B.C. Vancouver Island taken from the boat when we go far out on the water and can see the mountains really good. The Olympic Mountains are in Washington state.

Water Ouzel or more commonly called a Dipper out at Goldstream.
This bird has one of the more intricate series of calls.


There it is.  All done.
Thank you to these memes for allowing bloggers to share their story.  I may not remember to enter them all but this is the quick way for me to join in the memes as I have some difficulty with my eyes. The memes are a great way for other blogger to see your work and since there are so many blogs it gives us a way to get to know each others blogs.  Each meme is hosted by a blogger or a team and I thank them for the work they do to maintain some of these long standing memes and for the new people who continue or take over some of our favourite memes.



The Bird D'pot
Our World Tuesday
Sweet Shot Tuesday
Tuesday Tweets
ABC Wednesday
Nature Notes Wednesday
Outdoors Wednesday
Wild Bird Wednesday







 
edit note:  I sometimes have to republish after I see how many errors I made or links not working.  I list all the memes for the week now as I can only spend a short time on the computer as my eyes get tired. Such is life. To continue reading posts you must click older post below or see the index at the top or the side or pick a popular post or label from the sidebar.




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