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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    Confounded by a Curb

    Something about the shorter fall days and wet pavement that follows autumn rains that brings the feral carts out at night, maybe it’s the easy rolling and cooler weather. They still run into problems when they encounter a curb, silly things.

    Fuji X100S, VSCO Kodak Royal Gold 400 - Tungsten


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    Waiting for the Tide

    I’m starting to like the mudflats out in the Courtenay estuary, they’re a little bit messy  with odd rocks but there are some old pieces of drift logs with plenty of character. And at a low tide, the wet mud picks up the colour in the sky. Tonight, all the action was behind me toward town and I was hoping that the clouds to the east would get some of that western red - there was a touch a little later on but not enough. Shooting toward Courtenay it’s difficult to get a pleasing horizon line from the mudflats.

    Fuji X-T1, VSCO Kodak Portra 160


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    Boston Creek

    I thought I’d explore Boston Creek out by Comox Lake this Sunday, it’s a nice creek and there’s a waterfall somewhere up the canyon. I didn’t get too far, the flow is fairly low but there was a section with a deep pool and high rock sides a short distance from the road that I wasn’t able to get around without getting wet. Instead, I focused on the little riffles and boulder falls between the pool and the road, looking for compositions without too much contrast. The texture in the rocks is delicious - this creek has a lot of potential I think and I’m planning another attempt to get to the falls soon.

    Fuji X-T1, Fuji Classic Chrome camera profile, B+W 6-stop ND filter


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