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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wonderful World

What a wonderful world .....

we live in.  This week as we were driving I saw an eagle family in a field.  The young were learning to hunt as the field has been plowed and there were rodents to catch.  It looked like there was a young one from this year and an older one and then two mature sat on a tree nearby watching.  Sometime one of the matures would come down and catch a mouse.  They would all have a little tussle about it.  Above photo for Our World Tuesday.

I wish I could still carry my long Canon lens, I would have better photos.  These were taken with the GH4. I stood out in the field but did not get close as did not want to disturb the teaching lesson. These photos are for Wild Bird Wednesday.

As we drove by a house later, we saw this carving.  Also there was a carved nest with babies and another eagle!
I think it was a First Nations carver.

It is the time for the ducks to show off their babies.
 Ducks For Michelle at Nature Notes Tuesday.

Some babies come up close to you.
For Water World Wednesday.

The Brant were gathered at Island View a short time ago.
For Black and White Wednesday.

We found our first baby owl this year at a park nearby.
For all owl lovers and for the 
ABC Wednesday Meme. The baby owl wonders who we are.

As I walked up a river bed in the water, I saw three heads pop up from the bush beside me.  They were just as curious about me and the camera.
For Outdoors Wednesday.

We are doing well in our first year learning about Butterflies.
This is a Field Crescent.
For Little Things Thursday.

We spent a sunny day at the beach.  (For Wednesday Waters).What a wonderful world we live in.  I am in wonder and awe of nature and what gifts she gives us.
We are at the letter "W" at the ABC Wednesday Meme for Wonderful World.

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 Nature Notes Tuesday   Our World Tuesday    Wild Bird Wednesday ABC Wednesday  Outdoors Wednesday  Black and White Wednesday  Water World Wednesday  Wednesday Waters Little Things Thursday

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  1. Lots of great stuff here. I enjoyed all the photos. I think the deer are just so sweet looking along with the adorable baby owls.

  2. Thank you for being a respectful observer Nora.... Cute baby time now... Michelle

  3. Great photos. I love Bald Eagles!

  4. Fantastic captures of the Eagles in action

  5. Anonymous7:42 pm

    Wonderful shot of the eagles vying over the food. You live in such a beautiful area. Thanks for sharing your wildlife with us.

  6. Yes what a wonderful world we live in Nora. greatto have watched the Eagle at their lesson. Gorgeous butterfly, cute ducklings and great to see the baby Owl as well as the 3 Deer. Loved the song on the video.

  7. A lovely pastime shooting butterflies Nora. What lens do you use with your GH4.

    1. Hi Roy, thanks for the comment and question. I use the 100 - 300 lens on the GH4. (200 - 600 mm equivalant). I wonder if they will come out with a new long lens soon. I am not happy with any action shots I take on the GH4 as no matter what shutter speed I put it on, (1300 or more) it is either blurry or does not get enough light so is dark. I have not mastered it yet!

    2. Hi Nora, When I used that lens I always set it on Aperture at f8 for the best results. Try that rather than shooting on Shutter speed. Setting it on f8 and the camera will sort out the shutter speed accordingly.
      Panasonic have now come out with a 100-400 (i.e. 200-800mm in 35mm terms) its a lot more expensive though.

    3. Thanks so much Roy. Oh I wish I could get that new lens! I will dream of it. Thanks again for the advice ..I will try the f8 setting right away.

  8. really beautifull photo's....the world indeed can be a beautiful place, if only more people would value it more.

    Have a nice abcwednes-day / – week
    ♫ M e l d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  9. Hello Nora, awesome shots of the eagles. I love the cute owl and ducklings. I love the view at the beach, very pretty. You do live in an awesome area! Wishing you a happy day and weekend ahead!

  10. Wonderful wildlife shots, but the ones of the eagles are spectacular!

  11. Wonderful photos. We always love seeing the eagles when we visit BC.

  12. Love all the shots of the eagles in action :-)

  13. Nature has treated you to many special moments.

  14. That must have been a wonderful sight watching the eaglets learning how to hunt.

  15. Wonderful captures, Nora! I love what your seeing through your lens this week!

  16. You know I wrote this post before the Orlando tragedy. I could not even process what had happened there in time to write about it so I just did a post on a Wonderful World. It is such a wonderful world if we could all just get along and let everyone be who they are. Just imagine as John Lennon did what we could achieve if we could just give peace a chance.

  17. Love seeing those eagles. I sure do miss them. I know we have them here, but not in our neck of the woods. Not sure if you know about this website for butterflies and moths, but in case you don't here's link:
    The very best site for identifications.

  18. Wow! I'm in awe that you live in an area where you can catch so many amazing creatures in action with your camera.

  19. How wonderful to see eagles. They're handsome birds. I love the cute ducklings.

  20. You capture such great motion!

  21. Wow - great stuff. I especially love the eagles and the baby owl.

  22. Wow! Those eagle shots are amazing!

  23. Incredible action shot you captured!

  24. Nora the eagle action shots are great and I absolutely love that little owl. (And am envious.) just lovely pictures aall around.

  25. Thanks so much for all the kind comments here. I have gone to each of your sites to thank you. I really appreciate how many bloggers come to my site and leave me a nice note!


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