I am doing a second edit of this post to show a hawk we happened to spot when we visited the UBC campus today. I didn't get great photos but perhaps they are clear enough for someone to suggest what it could have been.
Back to the description of Last Thursday's outing.
To set the scene for you, here's Bill standing on the little bridge that crosses a stream that flows from the right side of the photo to the left, and into the lagoon.
We walk to the right of the bridge and down to the lagoon. Everything looks amazingly lush, given the drought conditions. Bill doesn't realize he and Black Jack are in the photo. He's waiting patiently for me to stop taking photos :)
Wispy clouds drift across blue sky.
We admire the Weeping Willows on the other side of the lagoon.
One of the geese we had watched previously swims by us and into the light.
The Wood Ducks seem especially active and their colours are radiant.
I wonder if they are challenging each other to gain status.
Nature House for a few minutes. I didn't know Beavers have orange teeth!
That little spec in the middle of the pond is a log with five or six cormorants on it.
The Weeping Willow seems to know exactly how far it can droop over the trail.
We check to be sure :) That concludes this week's critter post. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Editing to add commentary for these last three photos that I seem to have forgotten this morning when I posted. They were taken from the balcony that evening after our outing.
I guess the beautiful sky was signalling a change in the weather and that was welcomed for sure. Days and days of sunshine were wonderful for riding our bikes and walking the trails, but seeing the trees lose their leaves and the critters drinking from stagnant ponds really brought home the necessity of rain.
As I turned to go back into the apartment, I noticed the light reflected on the balcony roof and my shadow looking rather huge :) We've had quite a bit of rain over the past few days, and I feel sure the trees are breathing easier. Have a happy Wednesday, everyone!