A Photography Blog about Eared Grebes

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Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) and their Young


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Nesting Birds Really Aggravate Cali

Last year at Madison Campground in Yellowstone National Park a Robin decided to build his nest in the fir tree 18″ from our living room window.  At first this excited Cali, she would keep leaping up to the back of the sofa to watch.  We were also convinced the Robin knew she was there and felt safe and wound her up even more by sitting and looking at her.

This year in the campground in Grande Prairie, AB Cali was rushing around, looking out of the windows on the Driver’s side of Tigger and her tail was flicking and her cheeks quivering.  We thought it was the Robins visiting the trees next to us.

However, I discovered the source of her aggravation – a Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) had built a nest in the tree next to us before we arrived and had four chicks that needed feeding.

I had my handheld set up ready so I crept back into the coach, picked it up, and got these images.

Adult Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) on nest with Four Chicks.

Adult Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) on nest with Four Chicks.

Adult Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) on nest with Four Chicks.

Adult Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) on nest with Four Chicks.

I think these images tell the story, but the next day I had my 600.0mm lens out and thought to get some closeups.

Sadly the nest and chicks had gone.  There were just a few strands of the nest left on the tree branch otherwise there was no sign of the nest or it’s occupants on the ground. That’s Mother Nature.

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Gear: Nikon D4s, Nikkor 80.0-400.0mm f/4.5-5.6 VRIII, Nikkor TC-14 EII, Lexar Digital Film


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Revised 2018 Plan

Yes, we have had a problem with our rear slide-out, one of the motors has died, and another from the NW Ferry to Fort Simpson and now have a problem with a dust storm inside Tigger!  So we are looking for remedy in Chilliwack, BC.

Given the internal dust storm effect that ruled out the Alaska Highway to Dawson City, even though we had decided to leave Tigger there and do the Dempster in Snowflake ;-(  So another time for the Dempster.

As we now know the order for the slide out motor from Thor will take 3 -4 weeks we have today decided to visit Vancouver Island while we await the part.  So our updated schedule reflects these changes.

If you are near and want to connect – as always, just let us know.

The new Plan click HERE

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Tigger’s Shade.

We have had this for some time now, but with our travels and periods “out of service” I thought I should show you all the final result.

Sunrise Mesa Arch, Canyonlands – MagnaShade

It works a treat.  It keeps the coach cool, especially when we are in a campsite that makes us face the sun.  It is also great to look through from inside, hardly blocking the view at all (which was my beef with the sunshade inside of the windscreen).

Looking through the MagnaShade at The Great Salt Lake

Thank you to all who helped us.  Of course Colleen won the prize, but I am waiting for her selection so that I can fulfill her choice.

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Our Plan through to the New Year

Remembering that a plan is a statement of intention at the time it is written.  The great thing about our lifestyle is that we are very flexible.

A lot of miles but the highlights are:

  • The Dempster Highway, to the Arctic Ocean IF THE ROAD IS DRIVABLE IN TIGGER
  • Camping on our land in Osoyoos
  • Exploring the Sawtooth Mountains
  • Brief Visit to Golden, CO area
  • CamperForce with Amazon in Kentucky
  • Christmas (just) with Mum

This will take you to the full itinerary.

If we are near you – just let us know and we can try and get together.

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