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Another warm and sunny day – so off to Fort Whyte for a quick look for some feathered friends. And, another trial of the Sony HX200.

Take a Gander

Take a Gander

Well, we know we will see Canada Geese at this time of the year.  Thousands of them come by and stop over-night at Fort Whyte Alive.  Many decide to stay here for the summer. Some just close their eyes and rest.

Keeping my eyes open

I was watching that…I wasn’t sleeping.

The marsh area is a perfect place for so many visitors.

Slow Day in the Marsh

Slow Day in the Marsh

The marsh is thawing

The marsh is thawing

It feels so good to see the marsh finally thawing and to know that within a few days life will burst forth again.

Cat-Tails getting ready to burst

Cattails getting ready to burst

You can't make this stuff up

You can’t make this stuff up

Just look at the simple beauty of these plants.

Bohemian Waxwing Among the Buds

Bohemian Waxwing Among the Buds

Waxwings are among my favourite birds.  In this area we see Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings.  These have to be among the most elegant of birds.

Crop of Bohemian WW

Crop of Bohemian WW

I am quite pleased with the result using the Sony.

Chickadee yourself

Chickadee yourself

Chickadees are very common here all year round, usually they are quite smooth, fast talkers.  But this one seems to have become a little rumpled.  Probably after finally getting to bathe in melt-water.

Somone ruffled my feathers today

Someone ruffled my feathers today

What happened to his tail?

First there was one, then there were two

First there was one, then there were two

More Bohemian Waxwings arrived and were very patient with me as I tried to find them in the screen and then get them into reasonable focus.

Then there were three

Then there were three

Then there were two again

Then there were two again

However, their patience wasn’t endless.

Ok fly away Paul

Ok fly away Paul

I cropped one of the photographs to show you the detail provided by the Sony. Isn’t this a magnificent bird?

Did someone say LUNCH?

Did someone say LUNCH?

But like all good things, our walking time came to an end and we waddled home.

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