Puppy at the Beach

9 03 2011

While down at Boundary Bay, I came across a young pup playing…

Puppies and the Beach – what’s NOT to love?!? 

He’s not my pup, but he certainly seemed to be enjoying the mud and the water… Hope you like him!

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Playing at the Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Playing at the Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Playing at the Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Playing at the Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr





Some more birds from Saturday’s walk around Reifel and Boundary Bay

9 03 2011
Some more birds taken at Boundary Bay regional park and Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary back on March 6, 2011.  All shot with Canon 7D and the 100-400 (most, if not all, at 400mm)
 
1) Female Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier on the Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Male Northern Harrier

Male Northern Harrier by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Take Out!

Take Out by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Mrs Lesser Scaup

Mrs Lesser Scaup by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) Mrs Hooded Merganser

Mrs Hooded Merganser by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) Mr Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) Mr Northern Flicker (whom I’m now led to believe may be an intergrade)

Red Shafted Northern Flicker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Hope you like ’em!





The Hunt!

8 03 2011

As I was walking along the beach on Boundary Bay in Delta, I passed a young Eagle on a power pole.

 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

I stopped to take a few shots and then while I was looking to try to shoot the Brant out past the flats, the eagle starts to fly! Someone said something and I turned around to get a shot of him passing by. He swooped down and tried to pick a little male Bufflehead out of the ditch next to the dyke.

 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

No love, the little bufflehead ducked into the foot deep ditch and evaded the talons. He flew back and settled back onto his power pole.

 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

He didn’t seem to really fully settle.. had that itch to move look, so I positioned myself a little closer to the duck and with a less obstructed view. Sure enough – A send pass – FAIL,

 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

and then a quick 360 and another go at it… this time he tried to hover (eagles trying to hover – not quite as graceful as humming birds or harriers ) This attempt ended in failure again.

 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

After some time on his pole, he came in for a last pass. He was like a low level bomber hugging the contours of the dyke – probably only a few feet off the ground. He was definitely looking for a stealth attack (too close to the ground and too fast – all my shots of this ended up with nicely focused grass and a blur for a bird). The duck was wise to this one too… a quick submerge and it was safe again. The eagle returned to his pole.

 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

 

At this point the duck flew off and I continued my walk. Apparently hunting is a lot harder than the adult eagles make it look. It seems it just wasn’t that little Bufflehead’s day to be dinner. I hope you enjoyed the hunt vicariously with me 🙂





Was out shooting again yesterday

6 03 2011

I was out at Reifel and Down at Boundary Bay.  These shots are from Boundary Bay.

1. This guy would fly from stump to stump, posing for a group of photographers.
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Short Eared Owl Posing by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. This owl was cruising the marshy grasslands, hunting.
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Short Eared Owl Hunting by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. On the Hunt – about to drop for a kill.
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Short Eared Owl Hunting by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. A bit soft – but I loved the action…
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Short Eared Owl Posing by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. The little Saw-whet
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Northern Saw-whet Owl by DragonSpeed, on Flickr









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