A Rock and a Hard Place
Sunshine Coast, BC. Great Blue herons rely on stealth to catch their prey. This heron is hoping to catch some fish by hiding behind some rocks
Sunshine Coast, BC. Great Blue Herons are stealth hunters. This heronis waiting patiently for a fish to swim past within reach
Sunshine Coast, BC. This Great Blue Heron feeds in a brackish cove
Little Guy, Big Voice
Sunshine Coast, BC. Pacific Chorus Frogs are tiny, just about the size of a thumbnail, but in the spring the males sing en masse to attract a mate creating one of the most wonderous sounds of spring
Sunshine Coast, BC. Canadian Tiger Swallowtails are found throughout Western Canada. They love nectar rich flowers like this otrange Helenium.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. A flock of Yellow-billed Oxpeckers hitching a ride on a Cape Buffalo looking like a group of city commuters
Blue Great Blue
Sunshine Coast, BC. This Great Bluie Heron feeds in a secluded, shady cove on a brilliant blue summers day
Sunshine Coast, BC. Many dragonflies perch on twigs or rocks to watch for passing prey
Common Whitetail Dragonfly
Sunshine Coast, BC.
Sunshine Coast, BC. The distinct white abdomen of mature males is used in displays to threaten other males.
Sunshine Coast, BC. The Painted Lady is one of the most widespread of butterflies, found on every continent except Antartica and South America.
Bumble Bee on Nootka Rose
Sunshine Coast, BC
Something in the Air
Tasting the Breeze
Sunshine Coast, BC. Northwestern Garter Snake 'tasting' the air with its tongue to detect prey and pheremones from other snakes.
Bee on Salmonberry
Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada. This Bumble Bee (I think a Central Bumble-Bee) is feeding on salmonberry flowers in a local marsh. Only the Queen survives the winter and they will start a new colony each spring
Sunshine Coast, BC. Canada. Though quite stately when wading through the shallows, a Great Blue Herons can capture fihsh and other prey with a lightning thrust of the neck .
Red Sea Urchins
Queen Charlotte Strait, BC, Canada. Red Sea Urchins are surprisingly long-lived and can live for more than 100 years
Sunshine Coast, BC. A young heron fishing in the surf on a beach near my home.
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