One of my surprise captures yesterday happened in the bay at Garibaldi, Oregon. There are seagulls constantly flying around the bay but I happened to spot an eagle perched on a tree limb on one of the famous rocks that spring out of the water. The scraggly tree stands alone atop one of the atolls, still to sport any leaves. I zoomed in tight to the bird perched there and sure enough, it’s an eagle.
I actually did take a picture of the wharf in Garibaldi, after taking multiple shots of that cool #90 steam engine.
I came back from today’s road trip with another bench capture. I was at a tiny rest stop in Wheeler, Oregon when I spotted this simple bench surrounded by a collection of beautiful flowers.
One of my stops along coastal highway 101 was Hug Point. It’s a famous collection of caves that are often under water depending on the tide levels. The waves are awesome and the rock structures and cliffs are dynamic. This is the first time I spotted a waterfall from some unknown source.
I made a road trip today to the Pacific Ocean and coast. I was in the mood for shooting some killer landscapes and more “Framable Keepers”. I’ll start by this killer photograph of an old steam engine I discovered for the first time in Wheeler, Oregon. I got off Highway 101, the Pacific Coastal Highway, to photograph a long dock full of interesting ships. It was overcast and raining today so I had perfect light. It sounds crazy but you can’t take shots like this in bright sunlight. I hope you enjoy this post as much as me.
I was so blessed today when the grandmother of the two twins I photographed the other day emailed me. She asked for a couple of 5×7 prints at her local Walgreens. I quickly Googled the location and since I already have an account with the photo department at any Walgreens I placed the order and told her when she can pick them up. I had to resize them to 5×7 which wasn’t an issue. Here they are. Shoot, I didn’t even realize they were twins. LOL
As a follow up the grand mother of the twins was able to just drive to her local Walgreens and pick up her two 5″x7″ glossy prints. Everything was accomplished online and the total cost to her was $3.84. Ya can’t beat that with a stick! 🙂
The Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) is a medium-sized diving duck.
The adult male has a long dark bill with a grey band, a red head and neck, a black breast, red eyes and a grey back. The adult female has a brown head and body and a narrower grey bill-band. The triangular head shape is distinctive. Pochards are superficially similar to the closely related North American Redhead andCanvasback.
Their breeding habitat is marshes and lakes with a metre or more water depth. Pochards breed in much of temperate and northern Europe into Asia. They aremigratory, and winter in the southern and west of Europe.
These are gregarious birds, forming large flocks in winter, often mixed with other diving ducks such as Tufted Duck, with which they are known to hybridise.
These birds feed mainly by diving or dabbling. They eat aquatic plants with some molluscs, aquatic insects and small fish. They often feed at night, and will up-end for food as well as the more characteristic diving.
This species is gregarious, and at favoured sites, the flocks of a thousand or more birds arriving at dawn are an impressive sight. As the name implies, these are noisybirds with a clear three-note whistling call.
This species has a long grey bill, long head and longish legs. It has a white face and crown, and black rear head. The back and wings are dark brown to black, and the underparts are black, although the flanks have fine white barring. The neck is chestnut. All plumages are similar, except that juveniles have a much less contrasted head pattern.
The White-faced Whistling Duck has a peculiar disjunct distribution, occuring in Africa and South America. It has been suggested that they may have been transported to new locations by humans. The habitat is still freshwater lakes or reservoirs, with plentiful vegetation, where thisduck feeds on seeds and other plant food.
Here we go again. It’s a pretty flower but I don’t know the species. I even looked around the area for a sign or tag to give me a clue but no help was available. So, if you know please comment and drop a clue so I can name this beauty.