More pictures from last Monday

10 01 2011

It was a cold day last Monday, which made for an interesting opportunity to get some shots of the hoar frost that settled on the grasses near Burnaby Lake.

Morning Frost – Such beautiful crystals

Morning Hoar Frost by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

After the sun (even the weak winter sun) falls on the frost, the crystals transform.

Morning Hoar Frost by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The mountains of Golden Ears Provincial park were set off nicely against the man-made "moutains" in the city:
City by the mountains by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

And Mrs Dragonspeed was caught lounging around on the dock 🙂Just lounging around

A lovely day for photography!

Burnaby Lake Birds

6 01 2011

Some Burnaby Lake Birds.  The ice around all the local lakes and even on Burnaby Lake forced the usually shy birds to come in much closer.  The mergansers have NEVER been so close.  Monday was a good day to shoot.  (It also was probably our last sunny day until late May Sad )

For those of you following along at home, if you know the ID of the two sparrows, please chime in.

1) Unknown Sparrow (Fox?) – These guys will pose for peanuts Wink

Sparrow (ID?) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Another Sparrow (?)

Sparrow (ID?) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) I’m a crow – REALLY!

I’m a crow.  REALLY. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Male Green-Winged Teal

Green-winged Teal by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) Male Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) Dragon Boats

Dragon Boats by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) Female Common Merganser

Steady on… by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


5 01 2011

These pretty little ducks are ever so elusive.  They generally seem to want nothing to do with people.  They have enough ocean that they don’t normally have to hang out with us.

Thankfully for me, their local haunts were pretty frozen the past few days.  This meant that they were nice and close at Burnaby Lake on the 3rd.

Some highlights of these fun little ducks:

Some Buffleheads from Burnaby Lake on Monday.  Since Reifel was all iced up and most of Burnaby Lake was too, that left only a small area where they could hang out.  GREAT for photo ops!

1) Buzzing the flight deck:

Buzz the flight deck! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Look out… I don’t know if I can get enough clearance!

Look out!!! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Too much Christmas dinner?

Bufflehead in Flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Getting up to speed

Bufflehead in Flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) Whadda ya mean – FLY???

Too much Christmas Dinner? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) Cruisin’

Male Bufflehead by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) Shy Mrs Bufflehead

Female Bufflehead – finally close enough by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you like ’em.  They were an interesting challenge to shoot!

Mink vs Mallard

26 10 2010


You don’t get to come across this many days!!

I know it’s old (I took these back in July) but it has taken me a while to figure out a way to best present these..  I was walking along the boardwalk down at Piper spit on Burnaby Lake when I suddenly heard a sound below… I looked down and thought… Oh… that poor duck.  The mink got her.  Then my photographer’s instinct kicked in.  Below are some composites of the whole event…

It looked like a mink had taken a female mallard by surprise…  She was lifeless and limp.  He had captured himself one heck of a meal!
Mink vs Mallard Part I

Suddenly in a whirl and splash the mallard kicked to life.  She dove under water and the mink went down with her.  Then, briefly the mink opened its mouth to breathe.  The moment she had been waiting for!!! She dove under one more time and pushed hard to escape!
Mink vs Mallard Part II

In the end, she escaped – definitely wiser and and a bit ruffled.  The mink swam off under the boardwalk to wait in ambush of a better target.
Mink vs Mallard part III
I’m not so sure about the happily ever after – particularly on the Mink’s part.

It was quite am amazing sight. I was pretty thrilled that I got some decent shots of the whole episode!

Wood Duck Portrait Session

12 04 2010

I managed to book Mr and Mrs Wood Duck in for some portraits yesterday:

Mrs Wood duck was in her Saturday best. It was a bit windy, but she posted like a champ

She preferred this shot… showing off the irridescent highlights in her hair.

Mr Wood duck wanted the "Tough Guy" shot":

The classic shots however were what Mrs Duck said he should stick with:

A full bust shot

The two of them even went for the artistic couple’s shot:

While I think they liked the pictures, they mentioned something about "bills" and not paying, so I think I’ll have to chalk the whole session up to a learning experience 😉

Great Blue Heron – Fishing and Flying

12 04 2010

was down at the local lake shooting the usual suspects when I noticed that the grass at the edge was moving… sure enough it was a GBH slowly stalking the little fish.

Not all stabs at the water are successful:

So, you wait and watch:


Of course the joy of hanging out at an urban lake means that little kids come around screaming… scaring away my fisherman – right past me:





Truly a beautiful and graceful bird that just needs to work on that call that sounds like he’s choking 😉

Green winged Teals

31 03 2010

I went down to Burnaby Lake on Saturday to see what was out. It was a bit cool and windy so it kept the crowds down a bit. I was trying some “at duck level” shots.  Here’s my go at the male Green Winged Teal:

Shot with the Canon 7D, 100-400mm lens.

birds ducks greenwinged teal Burnaby BC Canada

birds ducks greenwinged teal Burnaby BC Canada

birds ducks greenwinged teal Burnaby BC Canada

birds ducks greenwinged teal Burnaby BC Canada

birds ducks greenwinged teal Burnaby BC Canada

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