The Bird Stalker

Watching David’s quest for the perfect birdshot was humour at its best.

With his camera ready to shoot, he stalks his prey and stomps his foot — hoping the bird would take flight — to create a magnificent sight.

But… try as he might — the bird didn’t bite and refused to fly. Suddenly, another flew by as David looks on with a sigh… 

These photos were taken during our WordPress photo walk last month.  Click here to see David’s creative work, including a shot of the bird that almost got away.

Have a great weekend everyone. 😀

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Taking a Time Out

WOOF! I know I was naughty for chewing the printer cable in half; okay, maybe chewing the carpet around the fireplace wasn’t such a good idea… and maybe I shouldn’t eat the plants, chase the cat, pee on the floor… but just know there is light at the end of the tunnel and I will grow out of this stage. Remember… the veterinarian did say you two are very lucky because I am one of those pups who will grow up to be eternally cute!

Shooting Ducks

Trust is very important in any relationship… human or not…

I’ve tried to shoot these ducks living in the golf course pond – with my camera of course. Yet… every time when I come near they would swim away. I tried sneaking around to get close; of course they could sense what I was up to and would swim to the far end of the pond or fly off. Finally, after a week of chasing… and getting mostly blurry images, I decided to respect their boundaries and left them alone.

Yesterday, I tried shooting the ducks again and was surprised they didn’t swim away this time. Instead, they started to swim towards me. At first I thought maybe they think I was going to give them bread; which I didn’t have any. However, after a few minutes, they continued to play in front of me. It was as if they were giving me a free show to take all the pictures I want. It occurred to me that perhaps after a couple of months of seeing me hanging out in the bushes… and respecting their territory; I have finally earned their trust…

Photographer in Distress

As I was walking the dogs by the golf course pond this morning, I saw a flock of birds dancing and singing on top of the trees and bushes. I’ve wanted to take some pictures of these colorful birds. Quickly, I went home to get my camera. My dog Max, gave me the “You cheated me out of my walk” look… as I ran out the door.

Wouldn’t you know… when I got to the pond, not a single bird insight… not even a tweet. Well… being the patient photographer, I waited in the bushes hoping they would think I had left. After about 30 minutes, I came to the conclusion that they were not as dumb as I had hoped. Though, while I was waiting in the bushes, I noticed there were dragonflies flying and hovering around. I tried to take some shots but discovered it was as difficult to get a shot of these dragonflies as I did with the birds. Finally, just as I was ready to give up… when this little dragonfly took pity on me and did a nice pose.

Wow! I didn’t know… I just google for info. on dragonflies. Did you know they have been around for more than 325 million years?? Talk about survival of the fittest…

Dragonflies can fly forward at about 100 body-lengths per second, and backwards at about 3 body-lengths per second. They are also capable of hovering in the air for about a minute.  The wings of male dragoinflies are relatively longer and narrower than females in large species. Adult wingspans measure from 17 millimeters to 20 centimeters.

Life In The Golf Course Pond

I never would have guessed the abundant life could exist in a small man-made golf course pond. All this time, I thought it was just a golf balls burial ground. What I thought was going to be a quick photo session turned into a two-hour adventure. I spent most of it  just sitting and observing… waiting for some good shots.

Good things come to those who wait… as I crouched between the bushes being eaten alive by the mosquitoes, my patience finally paid off. This little bird flew right in front of me with a white moth in its beaks. Quickly, I shot off a few frames before it spotted me and flew off.