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:

I hope you enjoyed the birds – it’s always a good day when you can get out and shoot!

The tale of the goldfinch and the chickadee

3 09 2009

She came in looking for a quick bite.

but upon landing on the feeder, she was unhappy to see someone already at the feed:

This litte guy would have none of her chattering or bullying.
His main problem was to figure out which of the thousands of seeds in front of him he was going to eat.
The goldfinch kept looking and chattering and trying to convince the chickadee to leave.

She was hungry and was really looking to get down and eat…

Apparently she is more "bark than bite"
She resigned herself to sitting and waiting her turn while a very finicky chickadee indeed chose which seed to take away and chew on.

I think while I watched this, that it was the longest I’ve seen a chickadee think about which seed to eat. I’m not sure if he was doing it to spite the goldfinch. Despite the fact that there were 3 other feeder ports, she apparently really wanted this one.
And that is the tale of the chickadee and the goldfinch.
Captured at ISO 1250 in the evening light (F5.6 1/320 @400mm)

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