Saturday, April 21, 2012

More Gulls

I have a few more images to share from my trip to Winnipeg on April 6,2012.
Over the years I have gotten so many pictures of gulls,but I am always willing to take more,when the opportunity presents itself.

This one did a quick touch and go as he grabbed a morsel of free food out of the water.They are so quick when they do this,that often I pressed the shutter button too late.

Something tells me that Mr.Mallard was not happy to have the gull this close.
I love those wings spread out over the mallard in a protecting fashion.


Of course no trip to St.Vital Park would be complete without at least one Wood Duck picture.OK,so I took more than one,but I will only show you this one.
The colour of the water and that of the female are almost identical.
I like how she blended into the picture.


I also spent a short amount of time at Ft. Whyte Nature Center.
I was obviously not the only one who wanted to walk the trails.
These two waddled along as if they were enjoying the sights and the weather.

Here is one more shot of the catkins in bloom.I love how they look against that blue sky.For some reason,seeing this makes my heart sing.



Thought for today
Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.

35 comments:

Karin said...

That Wood Duck is an amazing shot Ruth! He is just so showy!!! Love this post and your walks in Winnipeg!!

TexWisGirl said...

these are all beautiful. the gull looks like he's signaling 'safe!' the mallard is yelling 'out!' all we need is a slider into base! :)

Dorothy said...

Another great post, Ruth! Wonderful pictures!
Happy Sunday!

Ginny Hartzler said...

It's close, but the Wood Duck and the water, double wow to that shot!!!! I love the catkins, too. You must have very fast reflexes!!!

Yukzanaly Greenowl said...

Wonderful
pictures!.... Love this

Sandra said...

all your pics today make my heart sing, perfect for earth day. the wood duck is my favorite today, she is almost invisible. that is beautiful and they amaze me with the colors.

Tracy said...

Ruth, the photos are beautiful and you called the flower 'catskills' -is that the same as pussy willows? It looks very similar and I love pussy willows. and yes, against the blue sky is stunning!

Cicero Sings said...

Glad to here those catkins made your heart sing. Yes!!!!!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Ruth, Again--you got some fabulous water bird pictures... I can never get them in flight like that. Yours are fabulous!!!

Love the last one --against that blue, blue sky... Thanks!

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Diane said...

These are all so beautiful Ruth. I especially love the wood ducks mostly because I've been unable to get a good shot of them. Have a great Sunday. Diane

Unknown said...

Ruth, wonderful shots!
I like the way the Wood Duck hen almost disappears into the water!

Montanagirl said...

Love this post. That last photo is superb against the blue sky.

Journeyin' Lady... said...

You got some great shots of the gulls, Canada geese and beautiful duck! Nice!
Your thought for the day is so true.

Empty Nester said...

We have a wood duck couple that has come to the pond. I love their look- it's like they were painted. You picture of the gull was just perfect! And those geese walking down the path- so cute!

Janice K said...

I loved the pictures with the outstretched wings...And aren't wood ducks just too gorgeous! We usually have wood ducks in our valley in the spring after we have a lot of rain and water standing; however, this year has been different. So far, I haven't seen them; and if the leaves get much fuller on the trees, I won't.

LV said...

You and your camera do amazing work. All these shots are awesome.

S. Etole said...

You take such breathtaking photos. Hope you have had a good weekend.

Debbie said...

your getting really good at those action shots!!

i hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

Shug said...

Hello there Ruth...
These are outstanding photos! love them all!!
Have a great week..
hugs,
Shug

Elaine said...

I love them all! The Wood Duck photo is wonderful, and the Geese out for a stroll is great! I can almost picture a camera slung around that long neck....

My name is Riet said...

Your photo;s of the gulls and ducks and geese are all beautiful. We have a lot of gulls here flying by the window but as soon as I get my camera they are gone. LOL.Naughty....
Have a nice week Ruth.

warriormom said...

Great pictures! I'm always partial to Wood Ducks but the catkin shot is just beautiful.

EG CameraGirl said...

Your photos are always so wonderful, Ruth. I saw my first wood duck in the wild last week. I was super excited!

Mary said...

Not sure which I like better...the gulls or the wood ducks! Wonderful to see both. I never get tired of gulls or any other bird (except maybe the House Sparrow)

Anita Johnson said...

I haven't seen a wood duck in years...just beautiful!

George said...

Your gull photos are superb, but the picture of the wood ducks is also beautiful. These are all excellent photos.

Willard said...

A beautiful series, Ruth. You got a lot of good action shots and portraits in both this and the previous post.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

I love the gull's wings spread wide, beautiful capture.

Hilary said...

Lovely as always, Ruth. Gulls, common as they are, are such beautiful poetry in motion and impossible to resist. I have a few shots on my camera which I'm hoping have turned out well but if not, I'll just come back and enjoy yours.

I love the Wood duck. I've only ever seen one around here. He used to come around to our local pond for a few weeks, 3 years in a row. He either tried to mate with, or did in fact pair up with a female Mallard. Amazingly beautiful birds.

Spring... ahhhhhh! :)

Nancy said...

Hi Ruth, The beauty in this post is amazing....from the sea gulls to the wood ducks;all are beautiful shots...

Christine said...

Love those beautiful wood ducks, they have to be my favorite ducks.

Betty Manousos said...

dear ruth,

quite a lovely walk! thanks for taking us along.
i totally enjoyed your lovely shots of those wood ducks...i think they are about the prettiest of birds they are.
thank you for brightening my day!

xoxo

Pat said...

I'm catching up on your blog after a long absence--I've been busy busy busy. I loved all your gull and geese shots. It's amazing how long the gull's wings are in the first shot (& the 2nd one, too)! My favorite photo is the one of the male & female wood ducks. The male's coloration is fantastic and and at first I could only see the eyes of the female. God gives some animals such wonderful protection with their camouflage colors!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Nice. I'm always partial to Canada geese because I know they're very protective of their mates ... I like that part of nature.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

The gull's wings are so beautiful. It does look as if the mallard is sassing the gull, though. I might have missed seeing the female wood duck if you hadn't pointed her out. There's not much prettier than a male wood duck, and yours is a beautiful shot.