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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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/





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!





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 🙂





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
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Northern Hawk Owl by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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

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

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

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

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








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