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Welcome to my blog world. This is a photo blog and short story blog about my life on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. I take photos of the birds and scenery I find. I hope you enjoy your time here and please come back again. PHOTOS WILL ENLARGE IF CLICKED. The photos are slide show enabled if you click on them. If you click on the top lighthouse photo it always takes you to the most recent summary list of my postings.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Yearly Bird Review




I am putting in my yearly bird review of some of the highlights of the year mostly involving birds.  In January of this year we were all watching a leucistic Fox Sparrow who seemed to delight us with every little dance.



Also we were still amazed at the amount of Pelicans who came to visit the inner harbour and sit on the docks giving us many photo opportunities.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Waxwings in Winter




Today it is Waxwings.  We have the Cedar Waxwings here where I live.  I love the rakish black mask they have like little bandits.  They also have these amazing brilliant red waxy droplets or secretions on the wings. The young birds don't have them and the males are most likely to have them.  Perhaps it is to attract a female.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Vermilion Bird


Some great pictures of the new Vermilion Bird today. Have you seen this bird. Well not really. Just a joke.  Actually just some photos of the birds in the backyard that have red or vermilion on them or around them. The ABC Meme is at the letter "V" for vermilion this week.


Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The Unknown Future




The future is unknown to me.  I am thinking of all the unknown things in life...the unexpected both good and bad. The future remains full of them.  There is fear of the unknown and also
excitement in the unknown.


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