It's Saturday (well, actually, it's Sunday, but it was Saturday when I started this post), and time for Eileen's critter meme. Her post #84 shows beloved pets and interesting wildlife from many different parts of the world. Perhaps, you even have a critter or two you would like to contribute.
We happened by an art studio last Saturday (the 18th). A program called ArtStarts brings students and professional artists together for some very effective ways, I think, of encouraging young people to respond artistically as they observe their world. Black Jack, Bill and I were welcomed into a most inviting space. Bill started out with some serious self-expression of his own that captured Black Jack's interest and made me laugh.
this post from 2009 (photos were small but clicking enlarges them) of the building process of one heron nest that fell many times before it was completed. In the end, I think that nest was abandoned. Perhaps, the heron pair were using it for practice :) There is also an eagle pair at Jericho Park whose young had to be rescued over and over again because their nest fell to the ground every year when the juveniles became larger and more active. This story tells how the residents gathered together to help the "architecturally challenged" eagles in 2011. They have born quite a number of healthy chicks since, so the plan turned out to be quite successful. All to say I'm betting the construction of these nest sculptures was quite a lesson in understanding a few of the inherent challenges in nest building.
The following day (last Sunday), we spent a bit more time watching the geese, while Black Jack used the time to investigate nearby bushes for other critters.
At sundown, the geese prepared to swim (or fly if they were able) to the other side of False Creek. I'm not sure what awaits them on the other side of the water. Safer sleeping quarters, perhaps?this site that the mother generally leads the young to "new" territory (I think these non-migrating geese go to the same location each evening and return to their grazing area in the morning) and the father supervises from the rear. It seems to me that the adults are stretching tall, investigating territory before leading the way.
but they appeared to understand the concept in the water :) Here, they passed under the ferry ramp. I watched them approach,
and head to their destination across the creek.
They had passed the halfway point when Bill saw..
this boat increase speed and head deliberately into their midst. I have to admit that a beautiful evening was marred with the reminder that everyone does not feel the same respect that I do for wildlife. There were three (possibly four) people on the top deck of the boat, and I imagine the driver saw this as a show-off manoeuvre to impress his pals. They were too far for me to get a photo of the boat name, but if I had, I would have sent it to authorities with a description of their behaviour. With darkness falling, neither Bill nor I could make out if any of the geese were injured or killed, but their confusion and distress was obvious.
The next day, we rode our bikes to Stanley Park and walked around Lost Lagoon. I smiled to see this swan approach what I think of as a fence,
This past Thursday, we rode to Granville Island. We were only going to stay a few minutes, but busker Jonas Wilson really captured our attention. Bill found us comfortable chairs in the shade, and we watched his entire show. The focus had nothing to do with critters but we enjoyed his act so..
That's my critter post for this week. Many thanks to Eileen for inspiring us to share our pets and wildlife photos. Happy Sunday, everyone!