will always have a special place in my heart, together with the regular mallard. The first time I saw the widgeon in the pond, I thought it was some real exotic bird. I came home and wrote an excited email to a bird person here, so I had him excited too. Then I went back to the pond, with a different camera, found out that it was American Widgeon … not Eurasian, and that they are rather common here. They’re so cute, and I’m glad to see them back.
Looking back two years, I realise how much I’ve learnt about birds and waterfowl in particular since we came here. This is really a combination of the camera and the birds themselves. I like to be able to ID them when I take pictures. There are such great sources for bird-ID:ing online and best of all is the Flickr Bird-ID Help group. The people there are amazing.
Last night, I attended Gillian’s birthday party. To tell you the truth, I’m not much of a ‘people person’ compared to my younger years, so I felt a little hesitant but I really wanted to go. We were about ten people there, and most of us didn’t know one another [from the beginning]. What a great time I had!!! Such a friendly and totally mixed [age-wise, background…] group of people … Turned out many of them knew people in common — which usually happens in Saint John. Had so many real good laughs and afterwards I was really happy that I’d been invited!
Because of the perigee moon last night, I put the tripod in the trunk of the car before I left for the b/d party. I’d planned to go up on the hill where the Xerox building sits, but when I got out I saw the huge moon immediately and decided on a different location, closer to home. Went down Kitchener St. to the ‘back entrance’ to Fort Howe and set it up there. I could have gotten the city skyline are a foreground, which was what I was after, but I had so much trouble getting it rignt … must have been some type of haze that I couldn’t see … Finally my fingers were frozen solid, so I gave it up, hoping that I’d wake up really early this morning to see it set instead. Of course, I slept until 8AM. Guess I’ll just have to wait another nineteen years.
Here it just looks like the regular, full moon.
I came home and thawed out my fingers. It’s amazing how quickly they froze. I couldn’t do a thing … not change any settings on the camera or anything!!!
This bright and sunny Sunday is like an empty sheet of paper — we have no plans, but will probably go out on my continued quest for Signs of Spring, especially since today is FIRST OF SPRING!
Happy Spring, everyone! 🙂