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Pine Grosbeaks and Great Gray Owl

Posted by Liron on Monday, February 9, 2015
I went to Queen Elizabeth Park yesterday morning, hoping to find the Pine Grosbeaks that had been reported. I looked for a whole while where they had been seen but had no luck. I did a big loop of the park and found a few interesting things, but no Pine Grosbeaks. I went back to where the grosbeaks had been reported, and within a couple minutes two Pine Grosbeaks arrived with some Purple Finches! These were only the third Pine Grosbeaks I have ever seen! They posed for photos for about 20 minutes until a Sharp-shinned Hawk (unsuccessfully) dived at them and the Purple Finches they were with. Here are a couple photos of the grosbeaks. These were taken with a Canon 7D Mark II and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM at 1/640, ISO 500, and f5.6.

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak

I now headed out to Delta where a Great Gray Owl had been found the day before. The Great Gray Owl is a very rare visitor to the Vancouver area. It is an amazing bird, and one that i have only seen once before! When I arrived I was told it had been seen first thing in the morning but not since. A few hours later it flew in! It was perched really far away, but still awesome to see! I managed a few distant shots.

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM + 1.4x III (560mm) | Canon 7D Mark II | 1/320 | ISO 800 | f/8

Great Gray Owl

It was an awesome day of birding!

Thanks for looking!




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