Starting off 2017 with a walk in the Wetlands

5 01 2017

After dropping Mrs Dragonspeed at the airport, I headed out to Westham Island for a nice walk around the Reifel Bird Sanctuary… in the COLD winter weather.  (Cold in Vancouver means a bit below 0C )  Some of the highlights are here

1. Juvenile Baldie – having lunch

Juvenile Bald Eagle – having lunch
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Golden-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Icy Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane on ice
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. The Grey Ghost – Male Northern Harrier

The Grey Ghost
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Sunset Hunt….

The Grey Ghost
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

and because I always love it when these guys perch at a good angle with the sky to get good polarization…

7. Posing Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The complete set of the day can be found at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskLehJnS

I hope you enjoyed the birds – it’s always a good day when you can get out and shoot!





Happy New Year 2017

1 01 2017

New Year’s eve ended up being super snowy here.  It seems that December 2016 was a SNOW MONTH, here in Burnaby BC. (We are technically a TEMPERATE RAINFOREST!!!)
I went out yesterday and shot some pictures of the lights around our neighborhood in the snow.
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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

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New Year’s Eve – Snow and Lights
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

For the whole album of my evening wander in the neighborhood, head over to: https://flic.kr/s/aHskRCdhzw

Happy New Year 2017 to all of my blog readers (about a dozen or so, I think Winking smile )





Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys

26 08 2016

Day 3 of our time on Zanzibar took us down to the Jozani forest reserve to see the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys.  For many years, the local farmers have had an ongoing battle with the Zanzibar Red Colobus monkeys due to the monkeys’ predilection for unripened fruit.  However, due to the increasing popularity of the tourist center for visiting the monkeys, more money has been able to reach the villages from tourism, meaning that a small crop loss is outweighed by the tourist value of the monkeys. Slowly, more and more locals are becoming accepting of these primates which are endemic to this part of Zanzibar.

1. The little guy, sticking with mom

Safe with Mom
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Wide Eyed

Wide Eyed
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Grabbing a bite

Checking out the food
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Playful – More fun than a barrel of monkeys

More fun than….
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. There’s always ONE stoner in the crowd

Stoned?
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Fiddler Crab – bonus

Fiddler Crab (Uca annulipes)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The whole day’s pictures, including the Mangroves and our wanderings in Stone Town can be found in the Flickr album https://flic.kr/s/aHskFHsYos





First Day on Zanzibar

22 08 2016

After a 7 day Safari, we headed to Zanzibar for some R&R….

1. The coastline as we approached

West Coast of Zanzibar
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. With all those patches, does it float?

Patching the Boat
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Sunset at dinner

Sunset over the Indian Ocean
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Ornate Doors are a Zanzibar tradition

Zanzibar Door
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. The meat market at the Darajani Barzaar

Meat Market at Stonetown Darajani Bazaar
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Corrugated Steel roofs of Stonetown

Stonetown from above
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are many others from our first day on the island. You can see the whole set at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskC7d4Ux

I hope you enjoy them!





Masai Market near Arusha, Tanzania

2 08 2016

On completion of a seven day Safari in Northern Tanzania, we were lucky to have passed by a Masai Market, which we stopped and visited. It was unlike any farmers market in North America, that’s for sure!

1. Whadda ya mean, we look out of place?

Crazy White People at a Masai Market
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Cows, people, colour, dust

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Tradition and technology…

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Yes, those are old pieces of TIRES for sandals!

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Oranges for sale

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Tire Sandals for sale

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7. The wares side of the market – super busy, super colourful!

Masai Market at Duka Bovu
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

For more pictures from the day, including the Safari part from Lake Manyara, you can check out the photos at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskEmfT7x

Hope you enjoyed your virtual market visit :)





Day 7 of Safari–Lake Manyara National Park Birds

1 08 2016

Day 7 – Lake Manyara National Park
Slow park for most wildlife, but a huge variety of new birds!

The whole day’s photos are here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskEmfT7x

1. Hamerkop (yes – a bird with a hammer shaped head!)

Hamerkop
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Grey-headed Kingfisher

Grey-Headed Kingfisher
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Speckled Pigeon

Speckled Pigeon
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Black-winged stilt
5. Yellow-billed Stork
6. Little Egret

7. Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiacus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8. Glossy Ibis
9. Hottentot Teal

10. Silvery-cheeked Hornbill

Silvery-cheeked Hornbill
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

11. African Spoonbill

African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

12. Lesser Flamingo
13. Spur-winged Plover
14. Hadada Ibis
15. Woodland Kingfisher

16. Red and Yellow Barbet

Red and Yellow Barbet (Trachyphonus erythrocephalus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

17. Tawny Eagle (?) https://flic.kr/p/KiR1Yj

18. Little Bee-Eater

Little Bea-Eater (Merops pusillus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

19. Black-winged Red Bishop
20. Hildebrandt’s Francolin

An amazing 7 day Safari with African Wildcats Expeditions Ltd, out of Arusha, Tanzania





Grey Crowned Crane

26 07 2016

In my opinion, this bird ranks right up there with "Lilac Breasted Roller" for incredibly sexy bird!  Did you know it is the National Bird of Uganda???  These pictures were taken in the Ngorongoro Caldera, Tanzania – May 30th.

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Grey Crowned Crane (Balaerica regulorum)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Chicks (over cropped a bit, but they’re SOOO cute!)

Perfect colour for protection
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Family

Grey Crowned Crane (Balaerica regulorum) family
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. In flight

Grey Crowned Cranes in flight
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. Walking

Grey Crowned Crane (Balaerica regulorum)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Classic head shot

Grey Crowned Crane (Balaerica regulorum)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

Hope you loved seeing this bird as much as I do!  More shots from that day at:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskF2rzU4








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