Hummingbirds!

1 05 2016

I always love it when my hummingbirds come back. They first start appearing here around March, but in late April, early May, I have to add new food almost every few days.  They zip and zoom and argue about who’s “flower” it is. They are such fun to watch!  Today was the first day to get out and shoot the “dominant” male at my feeder.  He seems pretty relaxed around me, so I might get more good shots going forward.

Here are the first shots


Male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Male Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr





Happy New Year

1 01 2016

We started the new year out with an inversion!  Yay!  Fogcouver again Smile

 

Inversion time again!  Yay!

Vancouver in the Fog
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Vancouver in the Fog
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr


Vancouver in the Fog
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

More at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/albums/72157662466737410/with/23999722382/

Happy New Year!





Remembrance Day – 2015

17 11 2015

Our Scout group goes down to Chinatown every year to help commemorate Remembrance Day with the Chinese community.  It’s a small ceremony that takes place at 12:30pm, after the main one down in Victory Square.  The weather was beautiful this year and made for some good pics.

1. False Creek condos from Sun Yat-Sen gardens

New and Old
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Bomber Flyby

Fly-by
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Formation Fly-by

Fly-by
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. Old fighters

Fly-by
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. More old fighters

WWII Veterans
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6. Proud vets

For their service, I am grateful!
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

7.Chinese Workers’ memorial
Chinese Worker’s Memorial by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

8. My Scouts

28th Kitsilano Scout Group
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

9. Soon there will be too few :(

Two WWII veterans
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The whole set can be found at: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/albums/72157660712527620/with/22548312747/

I hope you enjoy the pictures.





A walk around Reifel Sanctuary on Sunday

17 11 2015

I went out on Sunday to see if I could find a few willing posers as the weatherman had predicted sun – a rarity in Southwestern BC winters. OT was cloudy and SUPER windy to start, but the sun finally came out around 10-11am. Turns out the birds decided to show up too :)

1) Golden-Crowned sparrow in winter plumage.
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Golden-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2) A pair of Lesser Snow Geese in flight
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Lesser Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens), in Flight by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3) Male Hooded Merganser
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Male Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4) You lookin’ at me?
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Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5) red-shafted Northern Flicker
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Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6) Enjoying a berry tasty meal
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Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy the pictures. The whole series can be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspe … 0553152037





Pacific Jamboree – 2015

14 09 2015

The Pacific Jamboree – 2015 was held near Sooke BC, in July this year. Here are some shots from our fun filled week, hopefully showcasing the great time we had with 3000 of our closest friends! :)

1. Opening Ceremonies – crowd shot
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

2. The addictive fun of badge trading
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

3. Close Quarters
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

4. Unbelievably, they let ME throw a hatchet! :)
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

5. Learning Scuba
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

6. Pole Climbing
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

7. Rock Climbing
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2015-PJ15-28thVancouverScouts
by 28th Vancouver Scout Group, on Flickr

And so much more!!! The 7 day event was a blast, and you can see how much fun it was in the whole album:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskha4Pge

I hope you enjoy viewing as much as we enjoyed doing!





4 days at Cape Scott Provincial Park

14 09 2015

Mrs Dragonspeed and I went on a 4 day hiking trip with our Venturer Scouts to Cape Scott Provincial Park. For those that don’t know where it is, here is a map to give you an idea: Cape Scott Hiking Map

Here are a few photos from the beautiful wilderness of Northern Vancouver Island:
1. The lush rainforest
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Winding through the Rainforest
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Sunset on Nissen Bight
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Sunset on Nissen Bight
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Sunset on Guise Bay
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Sunset on Guise Bay
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. The old road
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Old Military Road to Lighthouse
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. White Sand Beach – All to yourself!
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White Sand Beach all to yourself
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

The whole photo album is here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/albums/72157657136513430

I hope you enjoy your short visit to our coastal rainforest :) Comments and Critique are always welcome!





A morning down at Burnaby Lake

28 04 2015

Went down to Burnaby Lake Sunday morning and just missed the pair of cinnamon teals that were there. I did, however get a few shots of the usual suspects ;)

1. Brown-headed Cowbird
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Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Cackling Goose
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Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Mr Wood Duck givin’ me some sass.
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Male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Glaucous-winged Gull
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Glaucous-winged gull (Larus glaucescens) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The set from today: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspe … 2142465926

I hope you enjoy them!








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