Last day out shooting in 2014

7 01 2015

Last birds of 2014… I went out with a friend to shoot at Reifel and Boundary Bay.  Was not disappointed.  First time sightings of Bohemian Waxwings and a Golden Eagle!

1. Golden-Crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Icy Pintail Drake

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Sandill Cranes in Flight

Sandhill Cranes (Grus Canadensis) flying by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Cooper’s Hawk

Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Golden Eagle out duck hunting

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole day’s photos can be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157647722360013/

I hope you enjoy these photos and that you have a good year shooting in 2015!





2012-01-15 Owls and Eagles

17 01 2012
Snowy Owl PosingSnowy Owl PosingSnowy Owl PosingSnowy Owl PosingShort-Eared Owl on the huntShort-Eared Owl on the hunt
Short-Eared Owl on the huntShort-Eared Owl on the huntSnowy Owl PosingSnowy Owl PosingSnowy Owl PosingSnowy Owl Posing
Snowy Owl PosingSnowy Owl PosingSnowy Owl in flightSnowy Owl in flightSnowy Owl in flightSnowy Owl in flight
Bald EagleBald EagleBald EagleBald EagleBald EagleBald Eagle

2012-01-15 Owls and Eagles, a set on Flickr.

We were out in Delta, cruising the farm fields and at Boundary Bay… Some beautiful birds!





Boundary Bay – 2011-12-08

9 12 2011
Snoy Owl at RestSnoy Owl at RestWet Feet!Short-Eared Owl on the HuntShort-Eared Owl on the HuntSnowy Owl in Flight
Snowy Owl in FlightCoyote on the hoofWho's watching whom?Snowy Owl in FlightSnoy Owl at RestA bird in the hand....
Snoy Owl at RestSnowy Owl in FlightSnoy Owl at RestSnoy Owl at RestSnoy Owl at RestShort-Eared Owl on the Hunt
Snowy Owl in FlightSnowy Owl in FlightSnowy Owl in FlightShort-Eared Owl on the HuntThe Grey GhostThe Grey Ghost

Boundary Bay – 2011-12-08, a set on Flickr.

Mrs Dragonspeed and I went out yesterday to Boundary Bay to shoot the Snowy Owls. We got lucky… Not only did we see over 17 Snowy Owls, but we also saw Northern Harriers and a Short-Eared Owl hunting. Cloudy weather but good photo ops!





Catching up on some Photo Processing on a Wet Sunday

10 04 2011

It’s a wet, cool day out today, so I caught up on some of my birds from a couple of weeks ago.  I haven’t had a chance to do much work on them recently with a short trip to Cleveland in the middle and a website that I’m supposed to have done for somebody 😦

Well, here are the birds from a couple of weeks ago… all nicely geotagged with the new BT-Q1000XT (Fun little device)

1. Little Marsh Wren

Where is my mate? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Chickadee making a nest.

Hellooo? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Tree Swallows

Out! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. A GBH passing by.

Soaring by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Female Harrier in the sky – Hawk(?) on the ground.

A bird in the hand? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Northern Saw-whet with prey.

Dinner! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy them!





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!

1)

Playing at the Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2)

Playing at the Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3)

Playing at the Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4)

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 🙂








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