by Glynne Hines
The blue bird is a “Tree Swallow” spotted at the park this weekend. like most swallows, it is an agile aerialist with deep-blue iridescent backs and clean white fronts, Tree Swallows are a familiar sight in summer fields and wetlands across northern North America. They chase after flying insects with acrobatic twists and turns, their steely blue-green feathers flashing in the sunlight. Tree Swallows nest in tree cavities; they also readily take up residence in nesting boxes.
The Swallow was taken beside sites 28 and 29. The birds frequent the feeders there so it was merely a matter of waiting about 10-15 mins:
19 May 4:15 pm – F5.6 1/320 200mm
And of course, the others are Canada Geese with 2-3 week-old goslings. Goslings are immediately capable of walking, swimming, and finding their own food. Parents are lead their goslings in a line, usually with one adult at the front, and the other at the back. While protecting their goslings, parents often violently chase away nearby creatures, from small blackbirds to humans who approach, after warning them with a hissing sound and then attack with bites and slaps of the wings. Canada geese are especially protective animals, and will sometimes attack any animal nearing its territory or offspring, including humans. Although parents are hostile to unfamiliar geese, they may form groups of a number of goslings and a few adults in a community crèche.
The geese were taken in the flooded pond at the front of the park where the young were hatched. There are so many that there was no waiting:
25 May 8:25 pm – F5.6 1/400 200mm