If you’re open to it, each day is full of surprises and moments of joy. Today, for example, on a bitterly cold winter’s morning, we suddenly noticed a flock of birds flitting back and forth among the trees.
Curious, we took out the binoculars to get a closer look.
Robins, a bird we normally identify with the return of spring, were happily flying about the snow-laden trees.
A surprise that brought a smile, as well as a shake of the head. Did they miss the memo about flying south for the winter?
One of the joys of travel is experiencing new and unexpected delight.
For example, birds that would be considered “exotic” (and only found in zoos in Canada) are commonplace in Australia.
This rainbow lorikeet is one of many that regularly come to the trees and veranda railings asking to be fed. In fact, there is a pair that have become so comfortable with me that they follow me around everywhere I go, landing right beside me, chirring and chatting.
It may take two to tango, but apparently in the world of the red-necked grebe, it also takes two to sit on a nest.
This pair of grebes has been building and rebuilding their nest for several months. Although they do leave the nest periodically, they both seem to take their parenting responsibilities very seriously. To the point where they sit on the nest together.
I guess it’s true that it takes a community to raise a child, even in the bird kingdom.
Somewhere under there lies an egg. ~ Photo by Julie Wise
Lately I’ve been trying to see the world through the eyes of a child…with wonder at the incredible magic of the place in which we live.
This past weekend, I had an experience that was truly wonder-filled.
As a flock of fifty Canada geese made their way to the water’s edge, I noticed one had unusual markings. It was the same size as the rest of the geese, but its head was white, and its neck was mottled grey and white. It also had a light-coloured bill and pinkish feet. The underbelly of this goose was also predominantly white. Yet for all its differences, it was accepted as one of the tribe.
Later, after checking the bird book, and getting some photos, we determined that it was likely a Blue-morph Snow goose. Clearly it had missed an exit on its migration path!
Imagine seeing a Snow goose in southern Ontario in the summer! Oh the wonder!
Canada goose and possible Blue-morph Snow goose – June 19, 2016, southern Ontario (photo by Ralph Morgan)
On a recent sailing trip in the British Virgin Islands, we caught a rare glimpse of a spectacular bird. Rare because they are seabirds, and are only around land during breeding season. Spectacular because these White-Tailed Tropicbirds have a long white tail plume equal to the length of their body.
We saw a pair nesting in a rocky crevice on a remote island, and I managed to capture a photo of one in flight.
Poetry in Motion ~ White-Tailed Tropicbird, BVI 2016, JW Photography
To see them soar and glide in the strong ocean winds was a breathtaking experience.
When have you experienced something you would call “poetry in motion”?