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Piper Spit at Burnaby Lake, September 23 2012

Posted by birder on Wednesday, September 26, 2012
In the afternoon on September 23, I went out to Piper Spit at Burnaby Lake. When I arrived, there were some Black-capped Chickadees and Song Sparrows in the trees, but no others. I walked out on the boardwalk, and was very happy with what I saw. There was a great variety of duck species, as well as a flock of Dowitchers and one Lesser Yellowlegs. I walked to the spot just before the end of the boardwalk where there is a spot that is just above water level. At this spot, I lay down so I would get some low angle photos of the birds present. The light was great as well. The sun was facing my back, giving some nice light on the birds and also creating great colours in the reflection in the water.

I began taking photos, at first mainly of the ducks because the shorebirds were sleeping. The ducks I saw were Canadian Geese, Wood Ducks, Gadwalls, Mallards, Northern Shovelers, and Green-winged Teal. Here are some photos of the ducks at this time:

Gadwall (male molting from eclipse plumage into his winter plumage):


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Green-winged Teal (female):

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Green-winged Teal (male molting from eclipse plumage into his winter plumage):

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Northern Shoveler (male molting from eclipse plumage into his winter plumage):

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Wood Duck (male):

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Wood Duck (juvenile male)

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As I photographed the ducks, I noticed that some of the Dowitchers were waking up and feeding. I started taking some photos of them, and eventually, two birds came to close for my lens to focus!

Dowitchers:

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The Lesser Yellowlegs that was with the dowitchers also was awake now:

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As I photographed the shorebirds, all the ducks and shorebirds became more and more active, and some birds started to take baths:

Green-winged Teal:

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Lesser Yellowlegs:
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Dowitcher:
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After the birds would take a bath they would flap their wings to dry off. I had a great time getting some photos of the birds flapping their wings after they were done bathing:

Green-winged Teal:
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Lesser Yellowlegs with Dowitcher:
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Lesser Yellowlegs:
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I now took some more photos, this time of the ducks again, including some photos of a Northern Pintail that flew in:

Green-winged Teal:
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Northern Shoveler:
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Northern Pintail:
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I now had to leave, but as I was leaving a male Belted Kingfisher flew in and landed in a tree:

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When I was in the parking lot about to leave, I took some shots of this Orange-crowned Warbler that was eating insects:

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It was a fantastic day at Piper Spit. I will have to go there again soon!



 

 

 

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