I saw a Great Blue Heron standing on a log hunting. It was quite far away so I used my trusty FZ18 for the job.
Small fish caught!
Panoramic view from where I was photographing the heron. Larger image here.
Olympus E-620 does a nice job of landscape photography since I can decrease the aperture as small as f22.
While biking, the alder tree (I think) with all those drooping catkins caught my attention!
Raining catkins! Photo taken using the awesome articulating LCD screen on the Olympus E-620!
Pinkish catkins with droopy male flowers.
Crows croaking loudly caught my attention. Looking up, it was a juvenile Bald Eagle (I think). With the E-620 and 14-42 lens in my hand, I can only take the following pictures.
Despite the subject being so far away (this cropped image was probably 1/4 of the original image), the camera auto-focused very nicely. I can't wait to put a birding lens in front of this camera.
Zooming out and enjoying the clouds.
Now came the the exciting part. Passing through the sharing farm, I spotted the pheasant as it slowly walked into the small patch of forest beside it. I decided to leave it alone and continued to go to the slough. However, as I was biking, I realized there was something running behind/beside me. Turning around, it was the pheasant!? I quickly stopped, and the pheasant stopped too.
Then it slowly walked towards me (much closer than I am comfortable with). So I got off and placed the bike between the bird and I.
Then it did this strange behavior again. Searching on-line, I found this explanation - In the courtship ritual the male's colorful plumage is fully utilized. Approaching a hen, he spreads and lowers one wing while spreading his tail and fluffing his feathers in her direction. With his ear tufts erect, wattles a brilliant scarlet and head held low, he struts before the hen with an exaggerated bobbing motion.
So it thinks I am a hen!??
Then the bird got closer and closer, so close that I can easily use my 70-150 lens to take these portrait photos. At the same time, I wondered how I am going to get myself out of this situation. I had a wooden stick on my bike and so I took it out and banged it against the bike hoping to scare the pheasant away. But the bird did not seemed too scared.
It did moved away a bit.
While the pheasant backed off a bit, I quickly grabbed my bike and biked away! However, the pheasant began to chase after me! So I quickly my pedaling through the wooden walkways in the slough to make it harder to follow me. Eventually the distance grew between the bird and I. When I slowed down, the pheasant began to run towards me again. Yikes! So I hurried again and biked to the parking lot. Along the way, I passed through 4 people with a dog, and I think in the end the dog scared the pheasant off. I am not so sure what will happen the next time I saw this bird.
Finally I can relax and enjoy the scenery at the mouth of the Fraser River. Larger image here.
Watched an unknown caterpillar climbing a tree.
Enjoying the sunset as I bike home.
What a crazy day!
365 days ago (2009-03-12) ...
365 days ago (2009-03-12) ...