Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring Waterfowl

This is the time of year of the spring migration where birds of all sorts fly north to their summer nesting grounds, or in the case of ducks and other waterfowl, their waters such as lakes and coastal areas. We see birds now that may not be seen again until autumn approaches. Here are some more photos I took this past Sunday while in Vancouver's Stanley Park. These were taken near Lost Lagoon near the park's eastern entrance. The photo above shows the area where these photos were taken, just south of Lost Lagoon proper. Below, I caught this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) near the water. These birds weigh about 5.3 pounds. It had left its previous perch when it was disturbed by a couple of wandering racoons. This was in the mid-to late afternoon.

The photo above is of a male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa), a mere 1.3 pounds, while the image below is that of the female. I left these photos in the original format to allow you to view the colour and pattern of the feathers up close. Just click on the photos and see for yourself. The two images below these are in a downsized format but just like all the rest you can click on them to see the images in a larger format.

The American Wigeon (Anas americana) is another of my favourites as far as ducks are concerned and averages about 1.6 pounds weight-wise. The male appears above and the female below. I have left the mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos), weighing 2.4 pounds, out of this shoot for now. They'll be around all summer as will the Canada Geese (Branta canadensis).

The photo above is likely of a scaup with immature feathers yet to molt and be replaced by its true adult feathers. And in case you've not seen a Canada Goose up close, well here's a head shot to keep you thinking about what its thoughts are: likely on the next meal? I hope you've enjoyed these images. Feel free to comment!

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