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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Along the boardwalk

One day last week along the boardwalk, a flock of geese, during their last weeks before migration, were closer to the harbour entrance than they normally are. Of course gulls and crows were there too.


Many of the geese were busy preening or standing with the heads tucked under their wings. 





If we hadn’t seen the flock, we might have thought there were people talking in the distance, rather than geese gossiping.


New homes built across from the boardwalk are mere meters from the water where the geese hung out. 





The land in this area is prepared for development now. What will become of the animals who live there?


A five minute walk further south, the remainder of the flock floated within sight of the Confederation Bridge. 





The cloudy day made the muted light of this time of year resemble twilight. 


Nearby blue jays were busy in the trees, watching every walker for the possibility of peanuts offered at various feeders or left on the rails of the bridge.





They talk among themselves in the trees in familiar tones as they watch proceedings.


Since our last walk here, high winds have destroyed more trees, some already cut from previous storm damage. The wind was strong enough to bend this weakened trunk.





The scene across the stream and saltwater marsh was almost a silhouette in this December morning light. 





While I miss the bright light of spring and summer, I enjoy this scene in any light.




24 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

Ah yes. There is much construction occurring here, and where we used to see deer, we seldom do any more.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

We don't see blue jays all that often here, so spotting one is always a treat. Canada geese, on the other hand, are everywhere, LOL!

At Home In New Zealand said...

Once again, your photos are awesome :)
I especially loved seeing the blue jay and that surreal picture of the bridge with the geese looks like a modern work of art.
I too wonder what will happen to all the wildlife once full-scale housing gets under way. It seems very difficult to ever achieve a balance between nature and human development of an area.

Elephant's Child said...

How very, very beautiful.
Huge thanks to you for sharing the wonder.
That light is exquisite.

bill burke said...

Wonderful captures, Marie. The blue jay has a fantastic view so no one will get by him. He's probably thinking, "walkers, please deposit your gift right here so I can easily see and retrieve it, thank you and please stop by again". :)

DJan said...

Wonderful photos, but I especially love the birds with the bridge in the background. The mood is delightful. :-)

William Kendall said...

Quite a view of that bridge.

Lea said...

Great photos, especially the last one!

Ruth Hiebert said...

All your pictures are great, but the Confederation bridge is a gorgeous shot. I love the pattern the bridge creates and the light adds to the subtle beauty.

Joanne Noragon said...

It's beginning to look like last winter.

Rose said...

That last shot/silhouette is wonderful.

Barbara said...

I love that Bluejay. Those geese are looking pretty healthy. We'll see how they made it when they get to these parts.

Laurel Wood said...

I enjoyed these pretty pictures. such a gorgeous blue jay.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I enjoy that you love and appreciate your part of the world through every season Marie, I do mine also, except for today, the fourth consecutive really hot day in a row 😉

David M. Gascoigne, said...

So much land is being removed from wildlife habitat and it is distressing to say the least. People may regret building those houses so close to the ocean because sea levels will rise inevitably as the polar ice caps melt and they will face inundation.

Kathie said...

So beautiful! I am not a fan of residential development- destroys the local flora and displaces fauna. But, I love ducks!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Love the views of the geese, blue jay and the water. The bridge shot is cool. I wonder if these home owner will regret building so close to the water. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend ahead!

Tabor said...

These are some lovely photos. Especially the very last one! We now have geese arriving and making lots of noise as they stop at the fallow cornfields before flying down to our part of the river.

Ginnie said...

I am so envious that you see, let alone capture blue jays, Marie. I can't remember the last time I saw one in real life. I love the life you live, getting out to see Mother Nature in her element, reminding us of what's important.

Rhodesia said...

So sad that construction is taking over habitats of wild animals and birds. There should be some law protecting them. Have a good day, Diane

Debbie said...

pretty pictures marie...you find the good in everything, even the gray winters!!

Retired Knitter said...

Birds are such beautiful creatures. No doubt about it.

jenny_o said...

That is a lovely shot of the Confederation bridge, Marie.

And now we have had even more wind. I wonder what your next walk will show, regarding the trees.

baili said...

gorgeous images dear Marie

loved the each shot ,specially geese are festive to look at

i share you grief for animals who will have to leave this place for humans occupation ,i remember when we moved to village there were lots of animals living in woods nearby but gradually increasing population pushed the further and now we hardly hear noise of fox or wolf in winter

wishing you more warmth of sunlight my friend!