Bird Watching

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 […]

Where’s Wagtail?

January 2nd, 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. Update: March 6, 2013 Checked the original farm site on Wednesday, March 6 with Viktor Davare and had […]

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    Napa

    I have to admit, this is a filler.

    I drove back to the Comox Valley the night before last and chased a bit of light on the way into Port Alberni, even stopped at Sprout Lake, but couldn’t find a good composition. So, by the time I got into Courtenay it was very late and I still hadn’t managed to take a photo. I do like the pattern in the ceiling tiles though : )

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

    08/04/15

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    Revisiting He Tin Kis

    I liked the previous location of #212 so much that I thought I’d try it again with more interesting light and a bit more time. I’m still working on the composition and technical stuff and starting to think that a blend of two different exposures might be the way to go here - a shorter one to freeze the bull kelp in the water and then a longer one to get the movement of the waves as they crash up on the rocks. I usually will do a couple of “sketches” before I get the image that I’m looking for, this is getting closer.

    Fuji X-T1, post processing in Lightroom

    08/04/15

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    He Tin Kis

    I was poking around some of the rocky beaches on the Wild Pacific Trail lighthouse loop and “re-found” this little spot about 15 minutes in from the He Tin Kis parking area. I think that I may have actually photographed it before but that was back in the day when I was shooting slide film. It’s a gorgeous spot with nice views out to rocky islands, relatively easy access and good safe areas for working around the water.

    Fuji X-T1, VSCO Kodak Porta 160 film emulation

    08/02/15

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