Tuesday, December 23, 2008

ho ho ho

It's the holiday homestretch and I continue to snap photos like a woman possessed during breaks from shovelling snow (check out our backyard on the left), panicked prepping and general jollity. Even worse: I've got Greg doing it, too. What should I get him for Christmas, d'you think..? I was thrilled to get photos of my favourite local bird, the Northern Flicker, this morning. They turned out well, even through a screened window! Yesterday's excitement was caused by a Red-breasted Sapsucker who showed up on one of the huge trees in our backyard then tried to perform seppuku against the back windows. After twenty minutes in a shoebox in a warm, quiet place he was quite recovered and flew away. Today he brought his mate ... and tried to do it again! Not a quick learner, that one.

I'll be back to painting after the holiday but meantime, one final day of pretending to be a nature photography blog, including a photo of Adam and Jesse being boys. Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday to all my blog friends.
Ho ho ho!


Blogger Caroline said...

Ho Ho Ho?

Ha Ha Hee

I'm a laughing gnome and you can't catch me!

Merry Christmas!

23/12/08 10:48 p.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Opps I seem to have swallowed a hee hee there - its all that snow making me feel so playful.

Love your photos.

Maybe that Sapsucker liked the warm box...

23/12/08 10:54 p.m.  
Blogger Denise said...

Loving the photos and the birds. Keep on snapping and have yourself a very merry christmas.

24/12/08 12:18 a.m.  
Blogger Katherine Tyrrell said...

Wow - great photos - I'm off to go and tell my friend who also takes photos of birds in her back garden - except she has less snow than you!

24/12/08 2:30 a.m.  
Blogger Melody said...

The best the season has to offer to you Andrea and your family. As a side note we here in Ontario received another 15 cm of snow last night. Ho Ho Ho

24/12/08 5:40 a.m.  
Blogger Heather said...

Beautiful pics! Looks like you're having fun with that camera!

24/12/08 6:40 a.m.  
Blogger Angela Wales Rockett said...

Great photos, Andrea! That's a Flicker? I've been wondering because I love that bird but had no idea what it was.

Merry Christmas, Andrea!

24/12/08 8:43 a.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Still 30 degrees (Celsius!) here...
Looks very Hallmark and I love it. From afar!
Merry Christmas, eringla.Calat! (see idlethoughts for explanation!)

24/12/08 12:02 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The speckled one in the flicker? It's gorgeous.

24/12/08 1:03 p.m.  
Blogger Kikipotamus said...

Gorgeous shots. You ARE a nature photographer.

24/12/08 2:30 p.m.  
Blogger nadine said...

I am now adding a flock of Northern Flickers to my dream farm (three Nubian goats, one donkey, a baby hippo, mama and baby elephant, three Indian Runner ducks...and a partridge in a pear tree).
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas. In the beautiful Canadian snow :-)

24/12/08 6:39 p.m.  
Blogger Ilva said...

Brilliant photos! I wish you a peaceful Christmas with loads of frantic photo hunts!

25/12/08 12:02 a.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

Hey girlfriend I'm loving the bird photos. I think I need to get my feeders closer to the house for mor photo ops.

Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas. Enjoy the snow!!

25/12/08 6:48 a.m.  
Blogger Ponita said...

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas amongst all that wonderful snow, Andrea!

Make sure you go outside and make snow angels! Not something you can do very often there on the Wet Coast. ;-)

25/12/08 7:26 a.m.  
Blogger Cynthia said...

The photos are fantastic! Bird id and watching is something I've always thought I'd like to take up...

The snow is gorgeous too - no "White Christmas" here is Denver. :(

Merry Christmas!

25/12/08 7:35 a.m.  
Blogger Costescu said...

Love the photos, I think you have inspired me to put out some bird food as well and try out my new camera! Your photos are amazingly crisp, I think you are a natural.

Merry Very White Christmas!


25/12/08 9:56 a.m.  
Blogger WW said...

Brilliant pix, Andrea...and let's face it, it's about time you Left Coasters have a truly white Christmas.

I wonder if we're warmer than you today? I think they were talkin' bout -6 or something...

Anyway, hope your holiday season has been beautiful.

26/12/08 10:12 a.m.  
Blogger carla said...

Such gorgeous photos! You have some very pretty visitors - I can totally understand how you can't stop taking pictures. The bottom shot of Adam and Jesse romping is the best!

27/12/08 2:10 p.m.  
Blogger justin said...

Yes, I agree with Carla ~ great photos, especially the last one.

Happy New Year, Andrea.

27/12/08 2:47 p.m.  
Blogger Bronwyn, said...

Wonderful photography. I especially love the spotted bird, what kind is that?

31/12/08 4:10 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Bronwyn: It's a Northern Flicker (see link). It's my favourite!

31/12/08 5:50 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Hope your holidays have been wonderful Andrea. Your nature photography certainly is. (Don't apologize - keep posting it!)

I saw my first red shafted flicker of the season last week.

And our snow is finally 75% melted. At least the roads are mostly clear now. Hope yours are as well!

1/1/09 1:47 a.m.  

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