Went for another walk around Reifel yesterday

31 12 2010

As you can tell, the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is quickly becoming one of my favourite places to go spend 4-6 hours wandering around with a lens :)  Yesterday I went out with Mrs Dragonspeed.  She used the 100-400 most of the time while I shot with the 70-200 + 2X converter.  That  being said, I even slapped the 2X onto the 100-400 to get a couple of the shots below (1 and 5) for 800mm of manual focusing goodness on the 7D

It was forecast to be clear, and for a change the weather man was right! It was a cool clear, crisp day. It made for some good shooting. Here are a few from the walk.

1. A RARE visitor to Southwest BC – Northern Hawk Owl
Northern Hawk Owl by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Always a treat to see the Bald Eagles soaring
In Flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Even the Juveniles!
Working the new wings by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. You can really see why they are called "RED Tailed Hawks"
Looking for Lunch by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Rodent’s nightmare
Rodent’s Nightmare by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. I’ll leave you with this happy thought…
Happy New Year by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Some birds from my walk around Reifel

8 12 2010

Back on Nov 28th I went for 5 hour walk around the Reifel Bird Sanctuary.  While the weatherman promised sun, it was far from it.  More like hazy overcast.  Less than ideal photography weather. 

The morning started out COLD and there was frost in places.  Most of the ponds were frozen over.  Always fun to watch the mallards come in for landings on ice and slide to a stop 😉

Well, here are a few shots that turned out OK for the day – All shot with the 7D and 100-400L:

The sky was so dreary behind this poor baldy that I had to give him a nice blue gradient instead

Bald Eagle by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

As I was about to leave, word got out about a couple of Great Horned Owls in a tree… They were tucked up DEEP in the branches. ISO 12800 to even get a shot worth keeping!

Great Horned Owl by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

A little marsh wren. You hear them and you see them flitting about. It was a nice change to be able to get a shot of one… My first time!

A little wren by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Greater White Fronted Goose – Uncommon visitor to the area

Greater White Fronted Goose by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Shorebirds resting

Shorebirds resting on the Tidal Flats by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Along comes Mr. Coopers Hawk…

Coopers Hawk by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Resulting in…. Shorebirds in flight

Shorebirds in flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More flight patterns

Shorebirds in flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More from my visit that day can be seen at

Canada West Open Judo Tournament

5 12 2010

The Canada West Open Judo Tournament was held on Saturday December 4, 2010 this year.

I didn’t get as many shots as I would have liked, as I was busy coaching this year. Here are a few:

1) Nerves…
Canada West 2010_001 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Even the little guys are serious!
Canada West 2010_005 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3)This is NOT going to end well for one them!
Canada West 2010_010 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Ouch!
Canada West 2010_016 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) A couple of my students
Canada West 2010_029 by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

You can see the whole set at: My Flickr Set

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