Tuesday, February 16, 2010
How could something so pretty be bad?
On Valentine's Day I had a date with the birds at Esquimalt Lagoon.
The swans didn't stand me up. Nor did the northern pintails or American widgeons (always sung to the tune of American Woman, it's this kind of stuff that makes bird watching cool).
I'll admit it, I'm finding it a little harder to access my feathered friends here in Victoria than I did up Island in Port Alberni.
It's easier to catch container ships passing through the Juan de Fuca Strait than it is to capture birds.
Still, I'm loving feeling closer to the ocean and appreciating encounters with urban wild life, like these mute swans. I don't know about mute, but they are quiet.
They are escapees from parks. Introduced for decoration from Asia, they haven't yet taken hold outside of park-like settings. That's good news for the native, and rarer, trumpeter swans.
More to come on this species. Like what is up with that big bulb on the beak?