Monday, April 30, 2018


Four weeks today since arriving in BC and three weeks today since arriving in Salmon Arm.  We have been fairly busy most of that time getting our appointments out of the way and visiting many friends.  We even managed multiple visits with some.  I have had some great opportunities for bird and mammal photos and I even managed to capitalize on some of them. 
The Salmon Arm wharf is a very popular spot and we tend to meet a lot of the same people every time we go there and McGuire Lake is similar.  They are places one can go day after day and always find something new to see.  This time of year, every time you go to the wharf, the water level has risen so that changes the mix of birds as some like shallow water while others require more depth.
Our plan at the moment is to leave here Wednesday and travel to Skihist Provincial Park campsite near Lytton in the Fraser Canyon.  Thursday will see us take the ferry over to Vancouver Island.  Things are pretty loose after that other than we will have Georgia for a few days in late June and RV club campouts at Seal Bay in early June and early September.
On Saturday we attended my Aunt Eleanor’s funeral service.  It was nice to see most of my cousins on that side of the family as well as my three remaining aunts who are my Mom’s youngest sisters.  Eleanor was five years younger than Mom.  Mom passed at 85 and Eleanor at 84.

All these photos were taken in a one mile radius of the Salmon Arm wharf.  Click on an image to enlarge.

McGuire Lake fountain was turned on a few days ago

These coloured backgrounds are all at McGuire Lake and the colour is a reflection on the water from the red wall on the hospital and the willow trees along the shore.  It was just a matter of getting the right angle to include it.

Mallard pair on McGuire Lake

Ospreys mating

Female Belted Kingfisher

Osprey with supper.  Note his tongue.

The Prestige Inn Salmon Arm

The only shot I got of the elusive Mink

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle closeup

Ring-necked Pheasant


Yellow-rumped Warbler, I think

Ring-necked Pheasant sneaking away, I was intrigued by his horns.

Osprey and catch

Showing the catch to the mate

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Grebes mating dance

Western Grebes

Otter enjoying a morning snooze

Immature Bald Eagle drying his wings

An Osprey this morning

Canada Geese.  I was tracking the one on the left and just before I squeezed the shot, the other one joined in.  I was pleased with the result!

Friday, April 27, 2018


 This is the second post I have made today so just scroll down and you can see more photos.  We have pretty much completed our appointments and mostly caught up our visiting.  Tomorrow we are attending the celebration of life for my Mom's next younger sister who passed nearly two weeks ago.  We will head over to Vancouver Island sometime in the next few days.

Great Blue Heron landing

Common Merganser drake reflection


Otters at the wharf

Otter relaxation

Canada Goose



Skmana Lake froggery

A sequence of an Osprey bringing nesting material

Beaver at the wharf


I've been spending a fair bit of time at the Salmon Arm waterfront. 

Osprey closeup

Osprey with a fish

Great Blue Herons

Barrow's Goldeneyes

Osprey drying after diving

Drying pair

Herons at a distance

Immature and two mature Bald Eagles


Western Grebes

Common Mergansers

Western Painted Turtle

Yellow-headed Blackbird

The old house is getting quite a lean

Coyote near Armstrong

Balsam Root

Glacier Lily

Niskonlith Lake reflections

Glacier Lilies

Spring Beauties