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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bears and Birds



This week it is Bears and Birds.  This fall I got way to close to a bear that we call Big Pappy near Campbell River.We just named him that as we have seen him so much. I had another bear coming by on the other side of me so the video is very short. And it was quite late in the evening.  Not on tripod, hand held so I can move fast. It is best on full screen.  He seems to stare directly at me at one point and I was a little worried.  I was not in a covered blind or anything, he could see me.  You can't crop in on video so it is as close as it was with the lens full out.  It shakes a little but overall one of my better captures.  I have several more bears to put in sometime.  I have about a hundred videos to do.  The top shot is not cropped.

There is a video below, if it is not loading in, just reload the page or visit my YouTube site.

much better if you enlarge to HD





Then I was thinking there are no birds that start with the letter B. But I was wrong. There are so many B birds.  So here we go with some birds for the letter B.
Shorebirds:
Brandt's Cormorants on Mandardi.
 I was watching this Black Turnstone and it was determined to be with the gulls and pigeons.  It would not go and join the other Turnstones on the rocks.



Black Oystercatchers at Cattle Point.

 Great Blue Heron from the car window on Martindale.



Belted Kingfisher at Albert Head.


Back Yard Birds:
 Blue Jays are all over this year.  I have four or five coming to raid my feeders.  (edit:  yup I call it a Blue Jay, it is a Steller's, I was corrected! but it is Blue.)
 Barn Swallow Swan Lake.
Berries and a Robin at Maber Flats.


Butterflies Also:



Bald Eagle out at Maber Flats.


Barred Owl down the road from the house.  We would not have spotted this little owl as she is so well camouflaged.  We heard a little girl talking to the owl and as she left she called out "Bye Bye Owl".

Some of these pictures except the Bear were taken with the Panasonic GH4 and the owl was with the Panasonic FZ200. Some were taken with the old Canon 7D and the 100 to 400 lens.

Thanks so much for all the comments last week!  Very Happy!

Thank you to these memes for allowing bloggers to share their story.  Click on these links to find great blogs and photos.
The Bird D'pot Thank you Anni
RubyTuesdayToo
Our World Tuesday Thank you Our World Team
Nature Notes Tuesday Thank you Michelle
Sweet Shot Tuesday Thank you Kent
Wild Bird Wednesday Thank you Stewart
ABC Wednesday Thank you Denise, Roger and Team
Outdoors Wednesday Thank you Susan


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91 comments:

  1. Wow, love the bear photos and video.. He does look very close. The birds photos are all wonderful too, well done..

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  2. Thanks Eileen! That was so fast. I had made about six errors so had to update it over and over! whew. Could not figure out how to get the video in larger size so gave up on it.

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  3. Wow! Love the bear video. Sure hope you're not getting too close...

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    1. Thanks Rian, I don't think I will get close again.

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  4. Yikes! That bear looks to be too close for comfort.

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    1. I was across a little river Ruth.

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  5. All the photos are super. And the video...it would be shaking a lot more if I was holding the camera! I'll stick with the birds.

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    1. I will stick with birds also now John!

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  6. Fantastic shot of that bear and the video was awesome to watch. Love all the bird shots!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie, you probably have a lot of bears up where you live.

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  7. WOW! What an encounter with the Bear and the video is fantastic. That is quite a wonderful selection of 'B' birds in this post.

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    1. Thanks Margaret, can't compare with your exotic trips and variety of birds.

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  8. Don't think I would have the nerve to stand there and video a bear. what tremendous footage you got1

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    1. Thanks Fun, it was only for a short time as he left right away.

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  9. Wow! Who knew there were so many "B" birds? :) Wonderful photographs and the video was incredible!

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    1. Thanks Carol, glad you came! Hope Van. is treating you well.

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  10. Oh my gosh Nora ... Wonderful. You are so brave!

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    1. Hi Sallie, I guess I want to be brave right now and I don't feel very brace at all in my real life so thinking of the bear helps me to be brave now.

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  11. What a great collection of photos, Nora! I hope you'll have a lovely week.

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    1. Thanks Gunilla, I hope it is not too cold in Finland. I wonder if they have bears.

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  12. Another superb of northwest critters! Naturally, I'm partial to the birds, but your collection of images is really special, Nora!
    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hi Wally, thanks, I do like all your Florida birds and you have an endless supply of wildlife and birds there.

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  13. Great photos - especially the bear. You were a lot closer than I would want to be! I loved all the birds you found starting with "b". - especially the barred owl and the little girl's comment!

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    1. You have a lot of great wildlife in Australia, Mick. I especially love the shorebirds.

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  14. Wow Nora! Amazing video of the bear - gave me "goosebumps"! How fantastic to get that close without being in danger. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. My Australian bloggers are so kind. Australia has a huge number of wonderful bloggers. Thanks Valerie!

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  15. I've so envious of the variety of wildlife you have on your island compared to mind. Wonderful

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    1. Thanks! Jane lives in a small island in the middle of the Irish sea, Isle of Man. She gets incredible shots of her area.

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  16. Must be a good year for bears. Before they headed for their dens around our area, I saw more than ever when I was out riding in the bush. - Margy

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    1. I only know two bloggers closest to me. Margy in Powell River and Stephanie. Thanks Margy for coming. Your area is full of bears.

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  17. That is quite a stunning bear video. Wow! He does look right at you. I'm not sure I could have stayed as calm as you did. Beautiful "B" birds too. Always wonderful to see your world.

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    1. I have been reading robin andrea's blog for years, Dharma Bums. Love that name. Remember on Lost there were always the Dharma people. Thanks Andrea for reconnecting with me as I really enjoy that blog of yours, takes me all through the years.

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  18. fabulous nature images. love the butterfly and the eagle. Big Pappy is a handsome fellow

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    1. Thanks so much Felicia, love your photos also. Yes Big Pappy rules the whole river and the small bears and young are very scared of him as he has the power. The little bears run when they see him!

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  19. That is an excellent take on 'B'. The variety you have presented is amazing!

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    1. Indrani, thanks so much for coming. Indrani is in India and does some amazing Faces of India. In the blogging world there are no borders to go through, no customs to pass through, no planes to travel on. We travel in the internet and become friends over many many years, never hearing the voice of the blogger but knowing the soul in their writings. It does not seem to matter what country you are in, what the politics are, what race, or color you are in blogging. We are all just simply bloggers. There is a universal bond in that.

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  20. Wow, that is an excellent capture of the bear! Bet you were excited (and a wee bit scary too) Nice photos of the birds too!

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    1. Hi Linda of Linda's Lens. I guess we have both been blogging around in the same group for about eight years now. Linda has some amazing photos on that site.

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  21. So many gorgeous shots of birds and nature. And wow - that was a close encounter with a bear.

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    1. Thanks ladyfi, ladyfi is in Sweden and has a golden retriever. I guess we have been in the same group for many years. Her pictures of Sweden are poetic. I have finally found some of my blogging friends on facebook, so happy.

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  22. I've never seen a bear, I imagine I'd be quite scared, sorta glad we don't have them here lol

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    1. Hi Amy in New Zealand. Glad to get to know you. Thanks for coming.

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  23. That bear would have made me plenty nervous. Thrilling video seeing him grab that fish.

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    1. Hi Yogi! thanks for coming. The video is only a few seconds. I was not going to put it in. I have more longer ones. Yogi helps us with our memes.

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  24. BEARS! Oh my!! Super photos of the bears and birds, Nora!

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    1. Hi EG Camera Girl or EGWOW, EG is from Ontario! I bet you have bears there EG. You have a lot of wildlife.

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  25. Wonderful nature shots! Love the Bear!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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    1. Hi Carol thanks for coming. Carol is from Cape May MA. I love your blog.

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  26. Wonderful photos, - you are pretty brave to venture that close to bears, but great results.

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    1. Hi Hildred, she is in the interior of B.C. Thanks so much for coming, love those BC girls.

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  27. Well, you are a brave soul. I'd never have the nerve to stand there and video a bear, especially with another one coming from my side. Birds are more my style. And horses and the occasional deer. You got some nice shots.

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    1. Thanks so much! I want to be brave, I am not really brave at all right now I love your photos too.

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  28. Just amazing to come so close to a bear!

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    1. Thanks so much chai! Appreciate it!

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  29. Incredible up close and personal on the bear and video. Amazing to actually see the expression on his face in the video. He looked worried that he might have competition for his salmon :) Impressive photos of all your wildlife sightings. Really enjoyed them. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Denise. He does look around and at me. I was trying to hide in that tiny green bush you see to the left of the screen.

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  30. Terrific vides of your huge bear. I love the daring look he gives you before he ambles off with his dinner.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Its really appreciated. Seems I haven't been to yours in simply ages.

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    1. Hey Rocklin Calif, how are you photowannabe! It has been ages! Did we lose touch or what! Gosh we have been blogging too long.

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  31. B-b-b-BEAR!!!
    I'll stay away, thank you.

    ROG, ABCW

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    1. Hey Roger in Albany, New York. Has a wonderful site and can blog on any subject as he is a librarian.

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  32. beautiful shorebirds and others, but oh, dear! tooo close!

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    1. Hi Texas, oh you get close to all those birds and wildlife also!

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  33. Wow!, this is a great post Nora. That Bear video is really something and you were very brave to get that video.
    A great post all around with lots of super birds and the butterfly is just brilliant. Roll on the Spring so I can start shooting flutters again.

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    1. Thanks so much Roy! Glad you came over to visit. Yes can't wait for spring!

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  34. Hi Nora, How could I have missed your gorgeous blog???? WOW---you must live in an incredible area. AND--any friend of RUTH must be a friend of mine also. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I hope to be blogging more regularly again in February.. This knee surgery/pain has been a "PAIN" for sure!!!!!

    Thanks Again.... That bear video and the photos are awesome... WOW...
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Happy we connected up Betsy! I was a reader of your blog for a while. Hope the knee heals up quick.

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  35. Very nice collection, Nora! The Stellar's Jay is one of my favorites. You photographed all these beauties so well! Glad you were safe from the bear!

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    1. yup it is a Steller's Jay, I always call them Blue Jays. Darn. Can't get away with it. They are Blue! and a Jay!
      Gail is in Baton Rouge.

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  36. oh! so close to this bear! I would have been terrified! I am glad I am on this side of your blog and not standing next to you when you took these pics! Happy travels, stay safe, and thank you so much for stopping by my blog this week.

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    1. Thanks so much Jill. Everyone must check out her photo site! She has amazing amazing photos.

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  37. Oh my gosh! The bear! The video is so clear... Love the other photos too.... Michelle

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    1. Thanks Michelle. Feel like I know some of these bloggers very well, as we have blogged about our lives, and nature for so long. Michelle has a wonderful blog, like a library of info on nature.

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    1. Jim is in Sydney Australia, another of the great Australian bloggers who have endless amounts of shorebirds, and exotic birds to photo.

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  39. Wonderful collection of B birds ... but your jay is a stellar jay isn't it? ours are bluejays and are much different in colour.

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    1. Yup it is called a Steller's, I called it a Blue Jay. It is Blue. ;-)

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  40. Hi Nora... your bears are great...... and love the Owl. The Panasonic GH4 is a great camera eh... :)

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    1. Hi Tricia! It has been ages. I must go over and see what you and Pete and others are up to over there. Yes those Panasonic cameras are so great!

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  41. nice one on the bear! my friend OC had one in her garden!

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    1. Hi Pete!! So happy you came. I forced him over from his great blog about churches, birds, nature and so on. Pete is my first blogger friend from over the pond.

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  42. Wow! Fantastic post! The bear photos and video are wonderful and a little scary! He seems to know you are there, but just wondering why...as long as you didn"t try to take his fish he didn't care. :-) Great B birds, and I especially loved the eagle stretching as it lifts off. Great photos all!

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    1. Thanks Marie! I think his only interest was in getting dinner of fish.

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  43. Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments. Very Happy! It takes me a while to visit all the bloggers on my list, I will show up at your blog some time in the future!

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  44. Another "B" word.........Beautiful!!

    I especially like the Stellar Blue Jay.

    Sorry that I'm slow getting around to paying you a visit since you shared your link at I'd Rather B Birdin'....we've had some family health crisis as I posted on my personal blog [ Here ] and today I'm hoping you'd allow me this belated thank you for participating at the Bird D'Pot!!

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  45. Beastly Bear versus Beautiful Birds
    no contest.....The Bear wins!
    just for the sheer BRAVERY of the photographer
    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  46. They are so beautiful. This year I will take serious with my birding. ^_^ Love your shots thanks for sharing.

    Thank you for joining Water World Wednesday
    Kim,USA

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  47. The bear video is great, although you were probably taking too much of a risk. Love all the bird shots, especially the little Turnstone that wanted to hang out with the bigger guys.

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  48. Great photos, and the bear thingammy is very dramatic. Super post. Thanks.

    Have a great week

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  49. Wow! You are a brave soul to be so close to the bear! Beautiful birds too.

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  50. Beautiful birds and bear.
    Getting too close was worth these awesome shots :-)

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  51. Thanks so much for all your comments to me. I can never express how much it means to me.

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