Mutual Trust by George Cousins

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Esquimalt Lagoon is located on the south west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Esquimalt is part of Metro Victoria, and the lagoon is a sanctuary for migrating birds, being on the west coast flyway between the Arctic and the wintering grounds farther south. Because of the mild climate, many ducks,geese and swans never go past the lagoon, and stay here all winter, providing a wonderful opportunity to observe and photograph them in a natural environment. It’s also a place where people interact with the birds and establish a mutual trust. This little girl is one of many, young and old, who spend many hours in close companionship with wild birds.

Taken February 14, 2010, Fuji S100FS camera.

Comments

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot, George! Mutual trust is right. Funny how you mention the birds not going south because of the warmer climate. There’s quite a few hang about here all winter and we’re a fair bit colder.

  • Thanks Mike. It’s quite nice to see so many people really communing with the birds. Surprised to hear you have so many that stay over. I’d think that food supply would be the big problem for them. Out here that’s usually not the case.

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    It may be because the faster flowing parts of the Saint Lawrence don’t freeze over. Plus it has been relatively mild the past few winters so the river has had more open areas than usual. One winter (years ago) there was a swan overwintering. Very nice to see!

  • panda65
    panda65over 4 years ago

    I love waterfowl, of which we have plenty here in London all year round, in parks and urban ponds. It’s great to see that you have the same species over there in Vancouver! These birds seem to have such distinct personalities, and get to recognise their human friends quite quickly, which makes it easier to form a relationship with them.
    Nice shot of the connection between the girl and the swan!

  • Thanks very much again. I was a bit surprised at the swans, they usually are quite aloof, but there were about 20 of them that afternoon that were quite happy to mingle. The ducks of course are always pretty eager for a handout!

    – George Cousins

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

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