Super Blood Wolf Moon

With not much happening on the bird photo front today,

Sunset
Sunset

… I will start of with this as the sun was going down at the end of my afternoon out.

The main event for today was the ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’, which happened this evening. A combination of events that apparently has only happened a few times in the last 100 years.

It is ‘Super’ because the moon is at its closest point to the earth in its orbit. ‘Blood’ from the reddish colour it takes on as a result of the total eclipse. ‘Wolf’ is the cultural side of this referring to the first full moon in January and hearing the wolves howling in hunger.

Super Blood Wolf Moon
Super Blood Wolf Moon

Fortunately the clouds held off for most of it and I managed this shot.

 

Stilt Sandpiper

Too nice an afternoon not to get out for a walk, so I made my way to Reifel. First up I checked the back of the house pond, but there were only a couple of yellowlegs. Next I headed out the middle trail to the outside fields. The Green Heron was present again in the southwest field, but not in great spot for photos.

I was then accompanied by another gentleman who was looking for some assistance in locating the Stilt Sandpiper that had been reported in the west field. We checked the entire west field and then made our way back to the house pond without success.

That was the end of his day and I then carried on to check some of the inside trails for songbirds. The only thing of interest I came across,

Squirrel
Squirrel

… was this squirrel working on a chestnut. On my way back I decided to give the back of the house pond one last look.

Stilt Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper

Good thing I did as there was now a Stilt Sandpiper present along with the yellowlegs and a few dowitchers.

Stilt Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper

In addition to foraging in the pond, it took time out for a little preening.

Stilt Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper

What a great end to what had been a fairly uneventful walk to this point.

Super Blue Blood Moon

A rare lunar event occurred a few hours before sunrise today. What is being called a ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’. It is a combination of three lunar events. Super moon for when the moon is closest to earth in its elliptical orbit. Blue moon for being the second full moon in a single month. Blood moon for the total lunar eclipse. This combination of events has not been seen in North America since 1866.

So of course I wanted to try a get a photo, but with the weather of late, was unsure if the skies would be clear enough.

Super Blue Blood Moon
Super Blue Blood Moon

Fortunately the clouds parted during most of the lunar eclipse allowing for this shot. They did start moving in after this impacting the clarity of any further shots.