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!

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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





Spring has sprung in Vancouver!

2 05 2014

Yesterday was a spectacular day around Vancouver.  I took the day off to walk around our wetlands and see what I could find.  It was a bonanza of small birds!

1) Tons of Marsh Wrens… building and singing!

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)

by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. The tree swallows were busy nesting and trying to protect their nests from the European sparrows

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Finally caught a hummingbird at a flower (Anna’s?)

Female Hummingbird feeding
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Short billed Dowitchers

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Always cute – goslings

It’s HARD staying awake for more than 15 minutes!
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Last – and most bizarre – Some strange sort of mating ritual of wood ducks….

Strange Wood Duck mating rituals
by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set from the day – there were sooo many lovely birds – can be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157644067721768

Welcome spring!!!





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/





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!





A walk around Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

7 04 2013
Out at Reifel, the marsh wrens were building and calling like mad. Many of the Northern ducks were already flying away, but a few other regulars also made an appearance, resulting in an interesting walk.

1. Golden-crowned Kinglet

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

2. Juvenile Bald Eagle

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

3. Marsh Wren on a cattail.

Male Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. The always cool sandhill crane

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. A first time sighting and photo of a Female red crossbill!

Female Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

A few more can be found on the Flickr set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157633191719538/with/8628823173/

I hope you enjoy them! Spring is here!








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