Birds What an eye! “Ruffled Rufous” — a male Ruffled Rufous hummingbird up close in the wind. “A Captivated Calliope” — the Calliope Hummingbird. One of the smallest and most colorful hummingbirds you will find in southern British Columbia. “Love Those Eyes” — A Great Horned Owl sitting on her eggs. “Nature’s Gem” — a male Rufous Hummingbird regularly coming back to it’s favorite perch giving me the opportunity to capture such a vivid photo of him. This photo placed fourth in it’s category at the 2016 West Kootenay Photo Show. “Wisdom” — A Barn Owl nicely posed. “Ready to Hunt” — A male Great Horned Owl perched not far from his mate on her nest. “Peak-A-Boo” — Barn Owl playing peek-a-boo! Moms with their juvenile babies. Mom with her juvenile who has a lot to say! Parents ever watchful with their juvenile. “Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?” — David Attenborough Notice the wind blowing this Bluebird’s feathers. It is such a perfect pose it could appear staged! “Delicate Landing” — A difficult bird to photograph because of its shyness. This photo one second in it’s category in the 2017 West Kootenay Photo Show. “Take Off” — Just taking off from the nest located to the far right of the photo. “Love That Hair Do” — Check out the hairdo (or is it feather do)! The wind was blowing from behind. “Patiently Waiting” — This bald eagle was posing nicely on a Fall morning as mist swirled around him. Notice the “eagle eye”. Perfectly framed by the branches. “Swan Lake” — A peaceful moment in January with Trumpeter Swans. So regal looking. I had to move very slowly through the bull rushes to avoid frightening these ever wary birds. Thank goodness for the big zoom lens! “Reflections” — A restfull moment between feedings. Swans feed on soft water plants, and their bills are so sensitive they serve as a feeler under water. A Chickadee just taking off after getting a seed from the garden sunflower. What a beautiful wing span! Her babies were still quite small and were hidden in the nest. This mother osprey cools herself in the hot sun with her beak open. She is sitting on her very young chicks and occasionally stands up and organizes them with gentle pushes. This Killdeer was letting it be known loud and clear that she did not like me so close to her nesting area! Such nice eyes. A nice shot of a Killdeer near her nest. Wild turkey power! This swallow posed nicely for me while I was out taking pictures of painted turtles. A nice moment with this Trumpeter swan shaking the water off it’s feathers. Wild turkeys mating. Blue Herons usually hold their heads in an ‘S’ shape when flying. “Great Blue” — Great Blue’s are Canada’s most widespread heron, from the Maritimes to B.C., reaching probably the tens of thousands. A mother osprey taking great care in feeding her young the fish their father had recently provided. The babies are fed and he’s getting ready to head out fishing again. This goose built her nest on top of a group of pilings by Kootenay Lake. What a great view spot! The Great Blue stands up to four feet tall. The Great Blue builds one-metre-wide nests out of dry sticks, sometimes lining the bottom with pine needles or moss. Coming in with supper for the mother osprey and babies. This Rufous-sided Towhee was having a bath in a waterfall. Such beautiful colors and I love that eye.