Three for three, sort of.

I was able to take a break from work, computer and web stuff this afternoon and get out for a bit of a walk. I headed out to Iona Regional Park with three target birds in mind. Wilson’s Snipe, Northern Shrike and Western Meadowlark.

It did not take long to find a Snipe while walking around the outer ponds. Or should I say before it spotted me and flew off. I managed to flush a Snipe three times (possibly the same bird) while walking around the marsh area. Strike one.

There was still a Northern Shrike in the area. I sat back and watched for awhile to see if it favoured any particular area. I picked a likely spot and waited for it to come to me. While moving around hunting they will return to the same perches. This does not always work, but it is usually better than chasing the bird from tree to tree. In this particular case it did not return to where I was set up. Strike two.

Not far from where I was waiting for the Shrike I located a Meadowlark foraging on the ground. Easy to miss when they are not calling/singing and you don’t get a glimpse of the yellow breast with contrasting black v-shape.

Western Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark

I crawled along on my knees with this bird as it continued to forage in the grass in the hopes of getting a shot of the more colourful front profile. Alas it was not to be as it kept its back to me the whole time prior to flying off.

Three for three in locating my target birds, but zero for three for the photos I was hoping for. When leaving I could see the Shrike in the tree where I had set up earlier. Such is the life of bird photography.

More Web Site Updates

Why stop at just updating the blog. In addition to WordPress I decided to give Coppermine Photo Gallery a look.

I had been considering making a change and this gallery appeared it would meet my simple needs. Well, one thing lead to another and a new CrazyM Bird & Nature Photography gallery is now live on my web site. I have not recreated any of my photo series yet, so there is still a lot of work to do.

As with the changes to the blog, remember to update your bookmarks and links to the new photo gallery.

April Fools & New Blog

What does one do on April Fools Day when it does nothing but rain?

Well I was not out taking pictures.

Instead I decided to look at changing how I go about publishing my photo blog. With some recent changes with my hosting service ( I noticed WordPress was made available by them for users. So I took some time to check it out online at the WordPress site. Well one thing lead to another, it did rain all day, and the next thing you know it was done. Well at least back to the beginning of this year. Time permitting I will transfer over my older monthly blogs.

I look forward to any feedback from those of you that do follow along.
Remember to update any bookmarks and links.