October, 2011

Black-crowned Night Heron and Brown Creeper

Was walking down by Woodbine Beach and saw a few other birds instead of just the usual run-of-the-mill flock of Mallard ducks: a juvenile Green Heron Black-crowned Night Heron and a Brown Creeper. I had my f/2 200mm lens with me thankfully, and managed to get a few nice shots in.

Here’s a shot of the Heron in the water hunting for small fish:

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron

And here he (she?) is flying away after getting spooked by my camera’s shutter:

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron Flying Away

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron Flying Away

And just a few meters away from that last shot I saw something flitting and “creeping” up a nearby tree. It was a Brown Creeper. It didn’t seem too bothered by me and allowed me to take a bunch of photos. It moves quickly with it makes its way up a tree, so despite the fast lens I only had a few shots where it wasn’t a white-speckled brown blur. Here are a couple of the shots I took of it:

Brown Creeper 1

Brown Tree Creeper 1

Brown Creeper 2

Brown Creeper 2

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Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2011

Here are some shots of the initial leaders of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon as they were coming into The Beaches in the east end of Toronto. Here is a selection of shots:

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Mungara at the Front of the Pack Entering The Beaches 2

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Mungara at the Front of the Pack Entering The Beaches 2

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Eric and Dylan

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Eric and Dylan

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Pacer and Yal

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Pacer and Yal

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Dibaba Coming into The Beaches

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Dibaba Coming into The Beaches

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Pacer, Abeyo and Chepkemoi Leaving the Beaches

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - Pacer, Abeyo and Chepkemoi Leaving the Beaches

Here’s a gallery of everything I processed, in the order I shot them:

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Nuit Blanche Toronto 2011

Took the girls down to see some of this year’s Nuit Blanche late last night. We headed down to Nathan Phillips Square and basically roamed around the area and saw (and heard) what we could see.

Here’s a couple of my favorite shots from the evening:

Nuit Blanche: Cardiac Combustion Chamber 1

Nuit Blanche: Cardiac Combustion Chamber 1

While you can’t really see it in this shot so much, the drummer was playing within an “exploded” car (think the technical drawing version of “exploded”), with all of its parts suspended by wires, providing enough space for the percussion equipment.

Was annoyed by another photographer who waded in past the crowd barrier and took close-up shots of the drummer. In so doing he managed to become a largely blobby blur in most of my shots, and worse, encouraged others to do the same. So this shot and one other were the best I could do.

I also like this shot of a kid pointing at something while visiting the sound+light display that accompanied the Chevy Volt ad display:

Nuit Blanche: Volt Promo Tent 1

Nuit Blanche: Volt Promo Tent 1

Many more shots were taken, the rest of which you can see below:

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