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!





Finally–the elusive Hooded Mergansers!

4 02 2014

Others too, but the Hoodie was my takeaway victory of the day.  These guys have always stayed at the OTHER end of ponds from where I am shooting until this most recent time.
Here are the shots from the day.

1. Mr. Hooded Merganser

Mr Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Mrs Hooded Merganser

Mrs Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Headless Heron

Headless Heron (Ardea herodias) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Black-Crowned Night Heron… AWAKE!

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Juvenile Bald Eagle

Juvenile Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. GBH in flight – evening light just starting to kick in.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoyed them.  Others at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157640478024716/





Another Foggy Morning in Vancouver

22 01 2014

More from this past Saturday.  Mrs Dragonspeed and I headed up to get to the Cypress Bowl Road lower gate for 07:00 when it opens.  There were probably 10-15 cars, all with the same idea, parked along the side – just itchin’ to get up the hill.  When we got there, our fog density fears were confirmed: Fog was a bit too high up.

On the PLUS side, the sunrise was spectacular:

1. Mount Baker

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
2. Metrotown

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
3. Ocean of Clouds

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
4. Amazing Colours

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
5. Shangri-La and Metrotown just poking through

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Others from the outing:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157640020852846/

Not a bad way to spend a an hour on a Saturday morning Smile





2013 In Photos

1 01 2014

I took a bit of time and made a "2013 in Review"

The Year 2013 in Photos by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

If you click the link, you can see the larger size.





A few Birds from Recent Outings

16 12 2013

We had a few nice cold clear days in the last couple of weeks, so I got out and had a go at it – I love getting out when it’s not raining around here.

1. Golden-Crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. A lifer for me – Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. A beautiful Red-tailed Hawk

Possible Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Mr Ring-necked

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. A lovely Red-shafted Northern Flicker

Red-shafted Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Sandhill crane – up close and personal

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy them!





2013 Canada West Judo Tournament

16 12 2013

My Judo club hosted the 2013 Canada West Judo Tournament on Dec 7, 2013. The usual challenges of shooting in a gymnasium aside, there were some decent shots to be had.

1. Last minute coaching
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Serious hold down
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. The landing
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Reversal
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Big Uchimata!
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2013 Canada West Judo Tournament by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157638623787415/





Foggy Vancouver Mornings

25 10 2013

The past two weeks have had Vancouver, BC sitting in a temperature inversion.  Down in the city, the temperatures have been 6C in the morning while up higher in the mountains it was 13C.  Combined with moist air from the Pacific, that means low lying fog and some great photo ops!

My wife and I went up on Saturday and found that the fog ceiling was a bit too high:

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Not to be deterred by that, it was time to get a bit creative.  Mount Baker silhouetted against the sunrise:

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The sunrise, itself made for a nice opportunity too:

Sunrise over Foggy Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

That Saturday’s set can be seen here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157636781062064/

On Wednesday, I dragged myself out of bed solo and headed up… got to the cypress viewpoint by 06:15…urgh, that’s early.  What a reward though!!!

The pre-dawn city in the Fog:

Foggy Morning in Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The Lion’s Gate Bridge poking up over the fog:

Foggy Morning in Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

When the sun started to come up the real fun began:

Foggy Morning in Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The cloud city (Landau ain’t got nothing on us!):

Foggy Morning in Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

One last one:

Foggy Morning in Vancouver by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Wednesday was just a day of "Wow" after "Wow" as the light changed and kept presenting interesting opportunities.  Wednesday’s set can be seen in entirety here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157636922974655/

Vancouver ROCKS – when it’s not raining!








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