Birds

Cassin’s Casualties

July 22nd, 2014  |  By  |  Published in Alcids, Birds

I usually find interesting things washed up at the high tide line along Wickaninnish Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve—fresh bull kelp is common, as are various types of shellfish and moulted dungeous crab shells. Sometimes the odd sand lance silvers in the sand, and once I found a dead seal. Birds are much […]

An Occupation of Snow Geese

October 27th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Bird Watching, Birds, Geese, Nature Viewing

If you’re in or visiting the Lower Mainland over the next couple of months, make sure to make your way out to either Richmond or Ladner and take in the seasonal spectacle that is the wintering flocks of snow geese (Chen caerulescens). The word flock doesn’t really do justice to the sheer number of birds: gaggle […]

Golden-crowned Kinglets!

October 19th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Bird Watching, Birds, Songbirds

Earlier this week I ran into a flock of close to twenty golden-crowned kinglets (Regulus satrapa) feeding in the hedgerow alongside a country road in rural Merville. With the thick fog of the last couple days, it seems that birds are hunkering down and feeding in large mixed flocks. There were a few song sparrows […]

Totally Tubular Tube-noses

September 19th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Bird Watching, Birds

The semi-annual WildResearch pelagic trip out of Ucluelet is a spectacular way to see some impressive off-shore birds and this year’s fall trip was no exception. It was interesting to compare the birds with those seen on the spring pelagic trip out to La Pérouse Bank I did in 2012—there were some repeats but there several birds […]

Wandering Tattler Tale

August 1st, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Bird Watching, Birds, Shorebirds

Halfmoon Bay is one of those spots in Pacific Rim National Park that is often overlooked by visitors with only a short amount of time. Access is via the 1.4 km long Willowbrae Trail—at the 1.3 point, just before it descends into Florencia Bay, the trail splits. The trail that leads off to the right […]

Citrine Wagtail still in the Comox Valley!

March 8th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Bird Watching, Birds

Update: March 24, 2013 Last confirmed sighting of the Citrine Wagtail on eBird was Thursday, March 21. However, since that time, access to the farm lane has been restricted due to active farming and the lane is gated. Original Post I have to admit that during the dark days of January, 2013 I had written the citrine […]

Thinking about Wildlife Photography

February 27th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Bird Watching, Birds, Environmental Issues, Landscapes, Nature Photography, Nature Viewing, Owls, Wetlands

If you haven’t been down to Boundary Bay yet this year, you might want to take a stroll on the dike between 64th Street and 72nd Street. It’s a decent walk and will give you plenty of time to think about wildlife photography and the ethical decisions that one makes as a bird photographer. You’ll […]

Downy Woodpecker Drops In

February 21st, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Backyard Birds, Bird Watching, Birds, Woodpeckers

Having a backyard (or in this case, front yard) suet feeder is great for easy, coffee drinking (shade grown/bird friendly of course), birdwatching. Since we’ve finally gotten around to putting our feeders up, we can settle in to enjoy the show. Over the course of a week a flock of bushtits make regular appearances, chestnut-backed […]

Boundary Bay Birding

January 26th, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Bird Watching, Birds, Estuaries, Hawks, Nature Photography, Nature Viewing, Owls

Last weekend I went over to Vancouver with two other birders/photographers to “twitch” the red-flanked bluetail and brambling reported on British Columbia Bird Alert. Part of our plan was to spend the remainder of the day out looking for owls and other birds out at Boundary Bay. There are a couple of places to access […]

Red-flanked Bluetail, Brambling, Lower Mainland Twitch

January 22nd, 2013  |  By  |  Published in Backyard Birds, Bird Watching, Birds, Nature Photography, Nature Viewing, Uncategorized

This weekend was the first chance that I was able to get over to the Lower Mainland to twitch the red-flanked bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus) that was found by Colin McKenzie on January 13. Like the citrine wagtail, the red-flanked bluetail at Queens Park in New Westminster is a Canadian first. Since it seeing it involved a […]

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    Kennedy Lake

    Gorgeous sunset at Kennedy Lake in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve​ - I stopped in on the way back out to Ucluelet tonight. The way the clouds and colour developed, I think that I should have carried on to beach but I made the best of the high water and intense clouds out over the lake. Hard to find a foreground object that worked really well, lots of little pieces of driftwood along the edge of the beach and high water limited how much of the shore I could use. Happy with the end result regardless.

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    Kin Beach

    Tried a couple of locations last night, really looking for a good view of the ominous dark clouds building out over the strait to create a mood in the image. Found a nice wall of dark at Kin Beach and poked around the drift logs at the top of the beach until I found some that were pointing in the right direction.

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    Point Holmes

    Crazy clouds in the Comox Valley these last couple of days - I love the dynamic energy in landscapes when the weather is changing. I checked out a couple of locations yesterday evening, the photography was challenging because of the rain and the wind. Too windy to hold up an umbrella, ended up putting the camera in continuous mode, chose a composition and then fired off a series of shots hoping that I’d get one without rain drops on the front of the lens. Clean the lens, repeat. This image was created near Point Holmes after I was rained out at Goose Spit. Played around with the driftwood and really like the contrast between the texture in the wood and the tones in the sky.

    And yes, this is #244 again - I used two images from the same day as if they were taken on separate days. Back on track again : )

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