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!!!

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Ecuador – 2012-03-27 – Bellavista

25 05 2012
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Our second day at the Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge produced more great bird photo opportunities!





Ecuador – 2012-03-26 – Bellavista

13 05 2012
Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae)Mitad del MundoThe magic of the Cloud ForestThe Andean ForestsBlue-winged Mountain-tanager (Anisognathus somptuosus)Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)
Ewwww.Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus)Grass-green Tanager (Chlorornis riefferii)Blue-winged Mountain-tanager (Anisognathus somptuosus)Violet-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus coelestis)Lovely flowers of the Cloud forest
The magic of the Cloud ForestFiddleheadsRusset-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus coronatus)Plate-billed Mountain Toucan (Andigena laminirostris)The "Silver Tree"Lovely flowers of the Cloud forest
Male Masked Trogon (Trogon personatus)BromeliaMiffy and Lion on GIANT leafBromeliaThe magic of the Cloud ForestLovely flowers of the Cloud forest

Our 5th day in Ecuador… We spent it at the Bellavista Nature Reserve near the Tandayapa Valley. 

Wow!  So many amazing birds and plants!





Busy…

6 05 2010

I seem to have been too busy living life to write about it.  Good?  Kind of.

Well, here’s the good news for the semi-regular readers of my random postings of pictures and blurbs…

There’s another trip coming up soon, and I WILL be blogging as we travel.  (Not like my disastrous attempt at blogging while in Africa)

In the meantime – our latest visitors to our backyard are hummingbirds. Cheap food and easy feeder.  Love it!

Here’s Mrs Hummingbird – it’s the best I’ve managed to hit so far… I’m sure I’ll get better as the summer progresses.

hummingbird birds Burnaby BC Canada

Shot with the Canon 7D at 400mm F/5.6 1/800s ISO 1250





Amazing sight at Reifel Yesterday

17 05 2009

Out at the Reifel Bird sanctuary, we came across Mrs Hummingbird on her nest.  She has at least one little one there, but I couldn’t get close enough to shoot the little ‘un well.  It looked like it had just hatched a couple of days ago. 

Here’s the best shot I got of mom on the nest:

 

I think she’s a rufous.

 








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