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Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches on Seymour Mountain

Posted by Liron on Saturday, February 7, 2015
Yesterday afternoon I decided to go up Seymour Mountain to try for the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches. Despite the fact that these birds have been around for more than a week, i was in school when they were first seen and was away last weekend, so this afternoon was the first opening I had to go look for them.

Weather conditions seemed fine on the drive, but as soon as we got to about 500 metres above sea level we hit the clouds. The fog became so thick that it was hard to see just a few metres in front of the car. Because we had never been up Seymour before we couldn't even tell if we were in the parking lot at the top until we saw some buildings emerge in the fog. In addition to fog, it began to rain, and at times was bucketing! Despite this, while looking for where to park in the parking lot, I noticed two birds beside the lot from the slow moving car. Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches! They were a lifer, and a bird I have wanted to see for many years! Amazing birds, and super cooperative for photos!

I did not see a single other bird species while up there, but due to thick fog I couldn't even see if there were trees around or anything like that.

The thick fog, bucketing rain and low light made photos tough, but thankfully these birds were very tame, so I managed to get some shots I am very happy with!

Canon 7D Mark II | Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM | 1/80 | ISO 2000 | f/5.6

Interior subspecies
Gray-crowned-Rosy-Finch (interior)

Coastal subspecies
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (coastal)

Here is a pic I snapped with my phone on the drive down. The fog was much worse than this at other times.

Seymour Mountain fog

Thanks for looking!




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