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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    Kal Tire #3

    Late night marking, pretty tired (pun not intended) so checked out only a few locations before heading home. I’ve photographed Kal Tire before but tonight one of the garage bays was well lit and vehicle free. Tried this in black and white as well and it looks good, think I like the hit of red in the colour version better.

    Fuji X100S, VSCO Kodak Porta 160 film emulation.

    05/29/15

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    Black Door

    There are a couple of places in downtown Courtenay’s back alleys that I like to return to regularly - this is one of them. The black door on the textured stucco wall is an interesting subject, especially when combined with the wires and shadows of wires on the wall itself. Black door, what’s that secret you’re keeping?

    Fuji X100S, converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2.

    05/28/15

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    Clematis

    Really liking Fuji’s macro extension tubes, they play very nicely with Fuji’s lenses and focus well. Rather than skulking around back alleys tonight I kept it simple and found a clematis blooming on my neighbours fence.

    Photographed with a  Fuji X-T1 and the XF 35mm and MCEX-16 extension tube.

    05/27/15

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