Water wings

The quiet at our lake shore was disrupted the other day by a female merganser and chicks playing a game of catch-me-if-you-can. In order to not fall behind mom too far, the chicks actually lift their feet right out of the water paddle-wheel style which makes a fair bit of splashing.

If you look closely in the above image at the 3rd last chick in the line, you’ll see how high they are able to lift their feet out of the water to stroke.

Just as the chicks catch up, mom starts to pick up speed again.

She slips into the shadow and creates an interesting wake as she leaps ahead.

Her wake morphs into what looks like watery wings on her back!

Fuzzy Goslings

It’s not that we dislike the geese on our lawn, it’s because of what they leave behind that motivates us to find ways to keep them away. However, moms and dads with wee ones are just too cute to ban or separate. (No political comment intended.)

Sibling rivalry.
Snack time.

The back light of late day sun gave the goslings a a sweet glow.

Critters captured

Here’s a collage of just some of the wildlife caught with my camera last month.

Oh, yeah, did I mention I like to digital scrapbook, too?

Edit: Thanks to those of you who brought to my attention the errors in the initially posted graphic. Corrections have been made.

agimak spectrum

Grasses along the shore are shadowed colouring them darker shades of gold, red and brown.

double dipping

While visiting friends at their cabin on Caliper Lake recently, I was able to capture the activity around their rather popular hummingbird feeder. This pair, male on the left and female on the right, took turns taking a drink. I overlaid two of the images in PhotoShop and reduced the opacity of one of the layers to give movement to image.

 Photo tip: Since I didn’t have my tripod along, I used my elbow on the window ledge as one support and the front of the camera lense against the window as another.

On track or off?

On our way to Thunder Bay early the other day, we spotted this pair of sandhill cranes grazing along the train track that runs parallel to the TransCanada highway just east of Upsala. We aren’t on their typical migratory path so this was an unusual sight. We were on our way to catch a flight of our own (to the west coast) so my capture time was limited.