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Friday, September 15, 2017

Sunsets Weekly Photo Wrap Up

Time for my weekly photo wrap up. Click to see the ....

sunsets! These were taken on the last two nights out on the islands around Sidney Island. They are actually cell phone sunsets.

This is a boat wharf reflecting.

We went to the Saanich Fair and saw the horses.

(sign says "I am having a grumpy day, please leave me alone")

(sign says "Give me some space, I am tired and grumpy")

We went to Goldstream and hiked and swam in the cool pools.

Another Red-tailed hawk flew right over us here in the forest but I had the wrong camera.

I met another hawk this week also, I seem to be the hawk whisperer now I see hawks everywhere I go. This is a Cooper's I think. He is sitting on a bat box possibly. Forgot to turn off the cell so my cell rings in the middle of taking the video of him, lesson to self, turn the cell to vibrate when birding. Anyway he liked the music of the cell.

He flew up to a tree and did a lovely performance of fanning the tail feathers.

Then back to more of the sunsets from last night and the night before out on the water near Sidney Spit.

Oh and here is a comparison of the two Red-tailed hawks. Since I do not know much about hawks it was a learning experience for me to find out that the New Mystery Hawk is possibly an older hawk than the Spunky Hawk of Sidney.

I am feeling a little bit down in the dumps that it is not Spunky the beloved hawk of Sidney. Some people tell me that this New Mystery Hawk has red on his tail which means he is older. Also some people tell me that his beak and claws look older.

So I guess I found a really tame two year old Red-tailed hawk that was very people friendly and even seemed to like to be close with people but was not banded.That is the Mystery. Why was he so tame. He would jump down from the post every time I moved away a bit. What is with that?
That's the weekly photo wrap up. cheers. Nora

Video Section:
Video from the archives of the sunset.

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This post is for these wonderful bloggers:
Sky Watch Friday  Thank you to the Sky Watch Team
The Weekend in Black White  Thank you to Dragonstar
Weekend Reflections Thank you to James
Saturday's Critters  Thank you to Eileen
The Bird D'Pot  Sunday Thank you Hootin' Anni



  1. Great photos, and I love the hawk's fanned tail!

  2. Wonderful!
    A hug from Italy!

  3. Love your beautiful golden sunsets! Wonderful hawk videos, too. Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Beautiful sunset scenes.

  5. Wow - love the videos too - and the photos are fabulous - so clear and interesting. Love love love that reflection - such great composition.

  6. Hello, gorgeous sunsets. Great captures of the Hawks! Happy weekend to you!

  7. The boat wharf shot is absolutely brilliant


  8. Beautiful sunsets and I love the China Beach video! Of course I also love the boathouse reflection.

    I signed up for Facebook in 2009 did a couple of posts then another one a couple years ago and nothing since. If I ever start using it I'll look you up. Thanks for the invite. :-)

  9. I enlarged all your photos and caught up on your videos. I could watch those raptors all day. The sunset photos are amazing!

  10. What a wide ranging post. Lots of sunsets, and hawks. Hard to go wrong with those.

  11. Hello, I love the pretty horses and all the hawk photos. Great captures. The sky images are gorgeous. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

  12. Another exceptional post Nora!
    Hawks can be a challenge to ID I agree, but oh your photos are terrific.

    I love how it fanned its tail feathers out while the cellphone music was playing[?]

    Thanks so much for adding your link to this post with us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend. Always a joy to view your shares!!

  13. The one with his tail fanned out is priceless! You really are a hawk whisperer. And you have golden sunsets.... perfect!!

  14. Wow, lots of great pics. Glad you had videos to share too. The reflection pic is very interesting.

  15. Wonderful pictures of the sea at dusk - I hope to be able to get some seascapes in the next week.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  16. Thanks so much for these wonderful comments. I read and enjoy them so much. Each of you has become like a friend to me over these blogging years. I am winding down now but want to finish up a few more. I really want to thank you for your continued support of this little blog for so many many years. I have managed to find most of you in Facebook, if you are not with me there please find the links in the contact above, would love to have you join me there.

  17. Fantastic pictures, especially the one with the reflection of the marina. Keep posting!

  18. I'm glad you are feeling well enough to put together these posts Nora...lovely photos and video....Michelle


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