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Recent photos

Posted by Liron on Monday, February 3, 2014
A few recent photos...

On January 19 2014, I went to Queen Elizabeth Park for some birding. Highlights included:

Golden-crowned Kinglet
I got some more great looks at some of these birds. This bird was showing off it's crown:

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Hairy Woodpecker
I heard some tapping above me and looked up to see this Hairy Woodpecker pecking away at the bark of a tree:

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Bufflehead
This male Bufflehead hadn't wanted to pose for photos in the visits in the weeks before the 19th, but on the 19th he swam right by, posing:

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American Wigeon
A common but pretty duck that came by while I was photographing the Bufflehead:

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Brown Creeper
I'm really happy with this shot! One of my best creeper shots yet! This bird would feed up the side of a tree and always fly back to the bottom, giving me many opportunities to get some nice shots:

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Anna's Hummingbird
The Anna's Hummingbirds including this one are back in breeding mode already. They are displaying, singing, and are back on their perches in their territories:

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On January 25 I headed out to go to Brunswick Point and try for the Prairie Falcon in the area. It was so foggy however, so I found myself at Reifel for a couple hours waiting for the fog to clear. After a couple hours there I then went to Brunswick Point to see if the fog had cleared. It had thinned up but only a little bit. I looked for the Prairie Falcon, and on the barn that is on 30b street (a private road visible from River Road) there was a falcon perched. It was way too foggy to tell anything but that it was just some type of falcon however, and it was frustrating to think that I could be looking at a lifer but I had no way of knowing for sure! Eventually the fog lifted but the falcon was gone. The day wasn't a loss however, because I got to see lots of other birds:

Trumpeter Swans
There were a good number of these guys at Reifel that were feeding and flying around in the fog:

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I'm really happy with this more artistic sort of shot:
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Fox Sparrow
A good number of Fox Sparrows were at Reifel, including these two:

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Song Sparrow
Along with the Fox Sparrows were lots of Song Sparrows:

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Sandhill Cranes
The Sandhill Cranes were present at Reifel as usual:

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Bald Eagle
This Bald Eagle posed near the entrance to Reifel:

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Black-capped Chickadee
A very common bird but one that is always fun to photograph!

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Red-winged Blackbird
There were lots of Red-winged Blackbirds at Reifel, including this female:

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Dunlin
This huge Dunlin flock could be seen from Reifel during as short break in the fog as they flew around by the ocean:

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Short-eared Owl
Lots of Short-eared Owls were present at Brunswick Point, but photos were tough due to the fog:

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Rough-legged Hawk
After the fog eventually cleared, this Rough-legged Hawk flew by at Brunswick Point:

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It's been a good past while of birding! I had a great day of birding today, I started off at Blackie Spit and got lots of Eurasian Wigeons, the Long-billed Curlew and a couple Marbled Godwits. Later I found the Snow Bunting at the end of the spit, and to top it off got some really nice low angle shots of a Common Loon. Later around the White Rock Pier highlights were some Surf Scoters, one Greater Yellowlegs, and some posing Killdeer. A good day of birding! The post on that is coming soon...

Thanks for looking! :)



 

 

 

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