Your photos: Readers offer a sampling of their impressive photography skills

Another great pic from PQB News reader Bob Alexander of Nanoose Bay. “Anna’s Hummingbird drying its wings during the recent snowstorm,” he said.Another great pic from PQB News reader Bob Alexander of Nanoose Bay. “Anna’s Hummingbird drying its wings during the recent snowstorm,” he said.
PQB News reader Mike Yip of Nanoose Bay shares this great shot. “The Varied Thrush is one of our prettiest winter birds,” he said. “It usually skulks in the forest until cold weather or snow forces it out in the open to search for food.”PQB News reader Mike Yip of Nanoose Bay shares this great shot. “The Varied Thrush is one of our prettiest winter birds,” he said. “It usually skulks in the forest until cold weather or snow forces it out in the open to search for food.”
PQB News reader Micheline Beauvais sends in a nice shot of a Northern Flicker enjoying a snack in her backyard in Parksville.PQB News reader Micheline Beauvais sends in a nice shot of a Northern Flicker enjoying a snack in her backyard in Parksville.
PQB News reader Sandy Stewart shares this scenic shot from French Creek Marina. It was a very breezy morning and the sea lions were barking, the fish boat was maneuvering its way into the marina. The cormorants were watching. Was a lovely sight and we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place, Stewart said.PQB News reader Sandy Stewart shares this scenic shot from French Creek Marina. It was a very breezy morning and the sea lions were barking, the fish boat was maneuvering its way into the marina. The cormorants were watching. Was a lovely sight and we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place, Stewart said.
PQB News reader Wayne Duke shares this beautiful photo. “Cedar Waxwings are feeding on berries, lots of berries,” he said. “Waxwings often pass a berry back and forth along a row of birds before one bird finally eats it. Their hearty appetites can be their undoing, when overripe fruit ferments and they can become tipsy.”PQB News reader Wayne Duke shares this beautiful photo. “Cedar Waxwings are feeding on berries, lots of berries,” he said. “Waxwings often pass a berry back and forth along a row of birds before one bird finally eats it. Their hearty appetites can be their undoing, when overripe fruit ferments and they can become tipsy.”
PQB News reader Susan Miller shares a quick story: “I ran to see the commotion at Rathtrevor today (March 8) and then I saw it,” she said. “Legend has it that bluebirds are harbingers of happiness and birders and photographers had it in spades today.”PQB News reader Susan Miller shares a quick story: “I ran to see the commotion at Rathtrevor today (March 8) and then I saw it,” she said. “Legend has it that bluebirds are harbingers of happiness and birders and photographers had it in spades today.”
PQB News reader Barb Hooper of Qualicum Beach shares this terrific shot of an acrobatic squirrel.PQB News reader Barb Hooper of Qualicum Beach shares this terrific shot of an acrobatic squirrel.
PQB News reader Al Fraser shares a well-timed shot. “A Northern Saw-Whet Owl, they are small and a lot of people have never heard or seen one, especially winking,” he said.PQB News reader Al Fraser shares a well-timed shot. “A Northern Saw-Whet Owl, they are small and a lot of people have never heard or seen one, especially winking,” he said.
PQB News reader Tony Markle took this unique shot. “Mountain Bluebirds are rarely seen around here,” he said. “This one was foraging for food at Rathtrevor Beach.”PQB News reader Tony Markle took this unique shot. “Mountain Bluebirds are rarely seen around here,” he said. “This one was foraging for food at Rathtrevor Beach.”
PQB News reader Earl Geddes shares this terrific shot. “Thousands of sea gulls on Columbia Beach waiting for the herring run to start,” he said. “Practising the steal with whatever food is available.”PQB News reader Earl Geddes shares this terrific shot. “Thousands of sea gulls on Columbia Beach waiting for the herring run to start,” he said. “Practising the steal with whatever food is available.”
PQB News reader Graham Shortreed captured this scenic shot, taken off Roberton Boulevard. “It was about 7:30 a.m.,” he said. “The lighting was perfect as were the shadows and clouds.”PQB News reader Graham Shortreed captured this scenic shot, taken off Roberton Boulevard. “It was about 7:30 a.m.,” he said. “The lighting was perfect as were the shadows and clouds.”
PQB News reader Mike Haas of Qualicum Beach shares a nice shot of a special outdoor group meeting.PQB News reader Mike Haas of Qualicum Beach shares a nice shot of a special outdoor group meeting.
PQB News reader Ed Dunnett shares this shot of the morning glory that is Mount Arrowsmith. “Not the Matterhorn or Mt. Everest but pretty impressive nonetheless,” he said. “A five-minute, rose-coloured wash at 7 a.m., shot from Qualicum Beach.”PQB News reader Ed Dunnett shares this shot of the morning glory that is Mount Arrowsmith. “Not the Matterhorn or Mt. Everest but pretty impressive nonetheless,” he said. “A five-minute, rose-coloured wash at 7 a.m., shot from Qualicum Beach.”
PQB News reader Barb Hooper of Qualicum Beach snapped this great pic. “During the February bird count I saw this little Kingfisher that was out fishing, at the marina, on one of our rare sunny days,” she said.PQB News reader Barb Hooper of Qualicum Beach snapped this great pic. “During the February bird count I saw this little Kingfisher that was out fishing, at the marina, on one of our rare sunny days,” she said.
PQB News reader Iris Schurz was happy to share this photo. “Caught the elusive Kingfisher!” she said.PQB News reader Iris Schurz was happy to share this photo. “Caught the elusive Kingfisher!” she said.
PQB News reader MaryAnn Voykin shares a scenic shot. “Took this photo while walking the boardwalk in Parksville,” she said. “We certainly live in paradise.”PQB News reader MaryAnn Voykin shares a scenic shot. “Took this photo while walking the boardwalk in Parksville,” she said. “We certainly live in paradise.”

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