I went camping last week. I like to camp in Tranquil valley. Each Winter a ballet of Trumpeters stays in Tranquil. They are not like their city cousins who allow people to get close.Just the opposite,they never allow anyone to get close to them!

Forget about your “Punxsutawney Phil’s” and alike for predicting when Spring is going to arrive! Its all Hollywood show and just entertainment. If you really want to know when Spring is around the corner just watch when the Trumpeters leave!

Animals are far more in tune with Mother Natures cycles than we clueless humans are! With the Trumpeters gone from Tranquil Spring is close……..maybe 3 weeks away folks! (for this area)

Now………having said that,the Trumpeters near Tsapee Narrows (K-18/19) are still around. There are 8 in their ballet. I stopped to glass them and was around 1/2 mile away from them. They know me well! I have a distinctive white coloured boat. Even being 1/2 mile away they began to raise the alarm! They have a small spot of land they like. They began to waddle into the water and soon took to flight!20190310-IMG_8901

They’ll be leaving soon,I suspect this week. Next Winter I am going to put a trail camera down there to record their daily activities. I did go to this spot to collect some feathers however. They never seem to leave me any large feathers,just small  ones.


I didn’t have the time to make it into town to be with Romeo & Juliette for sunset,so I stopped & took a few shots at Tsapee Narrows! It was a rare calm moment in Tsapee! Maybe one day out of a hundred will be like this!
The island on the right is where the “Daredevil & Delilah” have their nest tree.

The Tsapee Narrows Couple

The Daredevil and his mate were in fine form tonight. You can see him about to perch.
They were at this spot and it was not their normal perching spot. You can see the small top bending under her weight. Maybe she needs to go on a diet?
They do this from time to time and I’m not sure why? They normally always go to their main perchs,but decided to try these tonight.