Sunday Evening at White Rock Lake (9/4/16)

I made it to the lake for about an hour. It appeared that we might have a nice sunset so I only had time for Sunset Bay. Beautiful evening all around.

I always seem to come back to the Chiloe Wigeons at Sunset Bay.  I have enjoyed trying to capture them at different moments.  For this shot I was hoping it would look left, into the sunlight.  It didn't happen but I still like this shot.
I always seem to come back to the Chiloe Wigeons at Sunset Bay. I have enjoyed trying to capture them at different moments. For this shot I was hoping it would look left, into the sunlight. It didn’t happen but I still like this shot.
The Wigeons are fast little ducks so I do appreciate each photo that comes out clear and sharp.  They have provided an alternative during a quiet time for birding.  I wonder if they will stick around after the pelicans arrive this month.
The Wigeons are fast little ducks so I do appreciate each photo that comes out clear and sharp. They have provided an alternative during a quiet time for birding. I wonder if they will stick around after the pelicans arrive this month.
I waited for this one.  There was one small spot with the tree reflection making the water green.  I think it makes for a very nice background.
I waited for this one. There was one small spot with the tree reflection making the water green. I think it makes for a very nice background.
I really like this one.  The profile makes this shot.  It is something different than the regular side view.
I really like this one. The profile makes this shot. It is something different than the regular side view.
The Canada Geese arrived for dinner.  These are two of the four that come to Sunset Bay around dinner time.  Charles provides food for them every night.
The Canada Geese arrived for dinner. These are two of the four that come to Sunset Bay around dinner time. Charles provides food for them every night.
One more shot of the Chiloe Wigeon leaving the dock at Sunset Bay.  He had plenty of bread from the other visitors and was heading out.
One more shot of the Chiloe Wigeon leaving the dock at Sunset Bay. He had plenty of bread from the other visitors and was heading out.
Sunset at Sunset Bay.  Well, the sun was setting but it was still about fifteen minutes from the actual sunset.  I appreciate all that Sunset Bay has to offer.  We are fortunate that it is right in the middle of the city.
Sunset at Sunset Bay. Well, the sun was setting but it was still about fifteen minutes from the actual sunset. I appreciate all that Sunset Bay has to offer. We are fortunate that it is right in the middle of the city.

Today at White Rock Lake (9/3/16)

I was able to visit the lake twice today. I had some great photo opportunities on both visits. My first visit was from 9am to about 11am and then I returned at 6:30pm and stayed until just after sunset.

I'm so glad I remembered to take my binoculars to the lake today.  I might have missed this Green Heron at Sunset Bay.  I watched it for a few minutes and took a few photos that came out somewhat decent.  From what I hear, there are three Green Herons at Sunset Bay right now.  I will keep my eyes open for them the next time I'm out there.
I’m so glad I remembered to take my binoculars to the lake today. I might have missed this Green Heron at Sunset Bay. I watched it for a few minutes and took a few photos that came out somewhat decent. From what I hear, there are three Green Herons at Sunset Bay right now. I will keep my eyes open for them the next time I’m out there.
I made a quick trip to the spillway after Sunset Bay.  There were a few Great Egrets flying around.  I caught this one just as it was landing on the rocks.  The spillway was a bit quiet, probably because I made it out there a little later than I had hoped.
I made a quick trip to the spillway after Sunset Bay. There were a few Great Egrets flying around. I caught this one just as it was landing on the rocks. The spillway was a bit quiet, probably because I made it out there a little later than I had hoped.
Back at Sunset Bay, I saw this Great Blue Heron wading in the water.  There are a few at Sunset Bay right now.  It's a great opportunity to photograph one in flight.
Back at Sunset Bay, I saw this Great Blue Heron wading in the water. There are a few at Sunset Bay right now. It’s a great opportunity to photograph one in flight.
Surprise!  This Green Heron was off the right side of the dock at Sunset Bay.  I was able to get a few shots before it flew into the nearby tree.  I decided to stay and wait for it to show some movement.  You will see in one of the next photos that it did make it's way out of the tree to eat.
Surprise! This Green Heron was off the right side of the dock at Sunset Bay. I was able to get a few shots before it flew into the nearby tree. I decided to stay and wait for it to show some movement. You will see in one of the next photos that it did make it’s way out of the tree to eat.
As I moved closer, he began to cautiously move from his perch while keeping a close eye on me.  I tried to take a few more steps but that just made him leave faster.  He didn't go to far.   He was still close enough for some more photos.
As I moved closer, he began to cautiously move from his perch while keeping a close eye on me. I tried to take a few more steps but that just made him leave faster. He didn’t go to far. He was still close enough for some more photos.
I zoomed out to get the reflection of the trees in the water.  I tend to zoom in for close shots so I have to remember to keep the big picture in mind.  I like this photo because of the reflected colors on the water.
I zoomed out to get the reflection of the trees in the water. I tend to zoom in for close shots so I have to remember to keep the big picture in mind. I like this photo because of the reflected colors on the water.
Here is a close up portrait of the Green Heron.  I have learned from other photographers to pay special attention to the eyes.  If the eyes are sharp then it is probably a good photo.  I take a few photos because what I think might be sharp really isn't when I see the image on the computer.
Here is a close up portrait of the Green Heron. I have learned from other photographers to pay special attention to the eyes. If the eyes are sharp then it is probably a good photo. I take a few photos because what I think might be sharp really isn’t when I see the image on the computer.
These are the geese of Sunset Bay.  I have to admit that I am a little afraid of them.  It all started when I was standing by Eric one morning.  Well, I didn't know how much they like him.  I, apparently, was too close and they let me know it.  They even followed Eric down the walk to the dock on this particular morning.  Later in the week as I was standing at the edge of the water one of them snapped the back of my thigh.  Now I  think they sense my fear.  I can't help it.  Even so, they are just beautiful!
These are the geese of Sunset Bay. I have to admit that I am a little afraid of them. It all started when I was standing by Eric one morning. Well, I didn’t know how much they like him. I, apparently, was too close and they let me know it. They even followed Eric down the walk to the dock on this particular morning. Later in the week as I was standing at the edge of the water one of them snapped the back of my thigh. Now I think they sense my fear. I can’t help it. Even so, they are just beautiful!
This Snowy Egret was fishing right in the middle of all the geese.  They were loud and intimidating but the egret didn't seem to care.
This Snowy Egret was fishing right in the middle of all the geese. They were loud and intimidating but the egret didn’t seem to care.
Caught you!  The Heron caught a fish and I caught the Heron in the act.  I'm glad I waited around to see if he would come out.  This little sequence of events happened very quickly.
Caught you! The Heron caught a fish and I caught the Heron in the act. I’m glad I waited around to see if he would come out. This little sequence of events happened very quickly.
There are now several Muscovy Ducks at Sunset Bay.  They are very weird looking yet quite handsome as well.  They stand out for sure.  It seems that someone actually brought them to Sunset Bay.  They apparently asked Charles if it was okay to release them about a month or two ago.  There are some adult Muscovy ducks and some juvenile ducks as well.  There is a white one that stands out but I haven't taken a good photo of that one yet.
There are now several Muscovy Ducks at Sunset Bay. They are very weird looking yet quite handsome as well. They stand out for sure. It seems that someone actually brought them to Sunset Bay. They apparently asked Charles if it was okay to release them about a month or two ago. There are some adult Muscovy ducks and some juvenile ducks as well. There is a white one that stands out but I haven’t taken a good photo of that one yet.
The Chiloe Wigeons have made Sunset Bay home.  They have been here for several months now.  They are such pretty ducks - I never get tired of trying to get good shots of them.  I especially like the little whistling sound they make.  They have fun little personalities.  I have watched them enough to know that they are feisty little ducks.
The Chiloe Wigeons have made Sunset Bay home. They have been here for several months now. They are such pretty ducks – I never get tired of trying to get good shots of them. I especially like the little whistling sound they make. They have fun little personalities. I have watched them enough to know that they are feisty little ducks.
Hi!  This Canada Goose seemed to be interested in me as I took his photo.  There are four of them out there right now.  They come up and eat some of the corn that Charles puts out for them.  There were some before; I wonder if these are different geese.
Hi! This Canada Goose seemed to be interested in me as I took his photo. There are four of them out there right now. They come up and eat some of the corn that Charles puts out for them. There were some before; I wonder if these are different geese.
One last photo of the Wigeon for the day.  They are so photogenic.  They are fast swimmers so it takes a steady hand to catch them as they move around the water.
One last photo for the day. They are so photogenic. They are fast swimmers so it takes a steady hand to catch them as they move around the water.