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in the Park

July 21, 2015

Beacon Hill Park is a lovely place to cool off on a hot weekendP1070258but it is not always peaceful

high in the treetops

P1070246the herons are nesting

and this year’s babies, now almost as big as their parents

are impatiently demanding foodP1070247impossible to get a clear picture – it is a struggle of wings, legs, necks and long bills

P1070251eventually mother heron loses her patience and forces her offspring out of the nest

this one is tagging along with a crow

P1070255while father observes the family dynamics from a distance

P1070259and the turtles soak up the sun

P1070261this blog is a test posting after having the all the computer programs

removed, scrubbed clean, re-installed and a new security system installed

some functions don’t work quite the same

I’m stumbling around trying to find my way!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Patricia Belyea permalink
    July 27, 2015 7:14 pm

    I just found your blog, following a Google search about Dr. Junichi Saga. I know that you live in Victoria BC as I lived part-time at Helm’s Inn in 2013 while caring for my parents in Cook’s Village. In the summer months, I would walk across Beacon Hill Park—through the Blue Heron rookery—when I returned home in the evenings. By the end of August, the bald eagles had arrived, the fluffy fledglings were no longer crying (probably eaten) and the parents were gone. I hope that does not happen this year. Best, P.


    • July 27, 2015 10:14 pm

      Patricia – thanks for commenting, the park is a favorite place and it is nice to share your memories. The herons come and go in the park and the eagles don’t seem to be there in any great numbers this year.


  2. vdbolyard permalink
    July 22, 2015 5:33 am

    i hate computer glitches, but love your animal tales. those funny herons!


    • July 22, 2015 6:26 am

      Velma – there has been a large (at one time over 100 nests) heron colony in the park for many years. They disappeared for several years after being severely reduced by Bald Eagle attacks but many have now returned. Their droppings eventually destroy the trees they nest in. The park is very close to the ocean as a food source but is also right in the city. Fascinating to watch.


  3. July 22, 2015 2:30 am

    I love seeing turtles lined up on a log that way! Glad to hear you have your computer back–did you ever figure what caused the problem in the first place? Malware?


    • July 22, 2015 6:28 am

      Kerry – the turtles are quite a contrast to the herons, it is a much loved, well maintained, beautiful park. Yup, Malware!!


  4. cathy permalink
    July 21, 2015 5:56 pm

    Those turtles are so cute. Also great photos of the Heron family.


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