I have no idea what sort of berry these are, but they've been fascinating me for ages. Thankfully I finally got off my ass and got some images of them. Depending on where they were they were either frosty or not and in some cases they were even crusted in ice.
The creek and inlet create several situations where bridges are needed to get from various parts of the park to adjacent areas. I imagine at one time these bridges were completely wood but now their superstructure is heavey steel.
The day's outting was marvelous, if a bit nippy. With chilled fingers and dripping nosed I headed back to the car thinking I'd had a good outting and got all the shots I would. I was walking past the big bush just opposite the multi-plex movie theatre when I heard them. The unmistakeable high pitch racket I hear in my backyard as I'm being chastized for letting the ants steal all their food. Anna's Hummingbirds. About a dozen of them, all fighting over the same bush. Zip and dart and circle and chase. How the heck are they finding enough food to gain the 6600 plus calories they need in a day?
I was shocked to find out that the Anna's Hummingbirds are resident to Victoria year round. What the heck they eat when all the nectar filled flowers are dead and all the insects are gone is beyond me. The males of the species have a ruby red head and I'm uncertain about this here bird. It could be male and the iridescent feathers are at the wrong angle to show the colour or it could be juvenile and not yet in adult plummage. It could also be female. Regarless of sex, it was being quite accomodating and sitting on a low branch that allowed me to take oodles of pictures of good quality. Just as I was packing my telephoto lens back into the bag it had a little poop and flew off.
This one is definately male. He was loud and brash and his head was bright, ruby red. He was also sitting WAY up at the top of the bush all the other hummers were fighting over. I had to go in with software and try to get his crest to show as the combination of distance and being backlit had his looking quite dark and not at all as spectacular as he really. I'm not fully happy with the result so I guess I'll be buying a stronger lens some time in the future.