It seems that every day recently, we've been seeing pairs of herons - often together, but sometimes just a short distance apart. A few of these encounters have been fly-by visits. A couple of majestic herons appear out of nowhere in the late-day sky, then swoop and dip as they follow the creek for a few meters in front of us, only to rise and continue flying high and far.
Other times, our walk through the off-paths often reveal a Great Blue Heron fishing for its breakfast. (Please click to enlarge)
This one was spotted about a five minute walk upstream of the first.
The herons seemed very nervous early on in the season. I would find myself startling them with even the slightest threat of inching in their direction. But after several encounters, they remain wary, but less concerned about my approach with the camera.
This wonderful creature watched as I approached him one morning, but never left its roost while I snapped photos. (Please click to enlarge)
Early one evening, I wandered out alone and saw this beauty fishing in the nearby pond. It seemed totally unconcerned with my presence - possibly grateful that Benny did not accompany me. (Please click to enlarge)
Kingfishers are rather elusive birds. You can often tell when one is nearby. Its rattle-like call alerts us to its presence. It seems that I no sooner focus on one, when it flies off to the next tree - just out of range. This Belted Kingfisher kindly posed for a shot before moving on. (Please click to enlarge)
A Comorant rests between fishing expeditions. (Please click to enlarge)
For those of you who don't like the creepy crawly things (myself included) don't look! I just liked the appearance of this web in the sunlight. (Please click to enlarge)
It's no wonder that the birds are attracted to this area. The fish are plentiful and the scenery is tranquil. (Please click to enlarge)
The sun's rays spill light upon the local pond and its banks, bathing it in diffused light. (Please click to enlarge)
On our way back from the evening walk, we usually stop and sit for a short while. There are apple trees across the path from one of the benches. These appear to be ripe, but were extremely tart to the taste. I didn't try one myself, but I could tell by the face Frank made. Too bad I didn't think to snap a shot of him. (Please click to enlarge)
I found this solitary clover growing in the early evening shadows of the cedar grove. (Please click to enlarge)
Nearby, chicory and rose hips (thanks for that ID, Blog Princess G) create a lovely contrast of colour. (Please click to enlarge)
And finally, for the ever-growing Benny Fan Club, here's one of our furry friend testing his swim and fetch skills. (Please click to enlarge)