A walk around Reifel Sanctuary on Sunday

17 11 2015

I went out on Sunday to see if I could find a few willing posers as the weatherman had predicted sun – a rarity in Southwestern BC winters. OT was cloudy and SUPER windy to start, but the sun finally came out around 10-11am. Turns out the birds decided to show up too :)

1) Golden-Crowned sparrow in winter plumage.
Golden-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2) A pair of Lesser Snow Geese in flight
Lesser Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens), in Flight by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3) Male Hooded Merganser
Male Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4) You lookin’ at me?
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5) red-shafted Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

6) Enjoying a berry tasty meal
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy the pictures. The whole series can be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspe … 0553152037

A few Birds from Recent Outings

16 12 2013

We had a few nice cold clear days in the last couple of weeks, so I got out and had a go at it – I love getting out when it’s not raining around here.

1. Golden-Crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. A lifer for me – Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. A beautiful Red-tailed Hawk

Possible Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Mr Ring-necked

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. A lovely Red-shafted Northern Flicker

Red-shafted Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Sandhill crane – up close and personal

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy them!

A couple of visitors on a dull day

13 03 2010

It’s always nice when you get visitors on a dull day.  I’ve been moping around home with cold for a couple of days now.   It’s nice when this guy and gal come to visit:

Mr Northern Flicker
Flicker Woodpecker Burnaby BC Canada Birds

Flicker Woodpecker Burnaby BC Canada Birds

Mrs Downy Woodpecker
Downy woodpecker birds burnaby bc canada

Both shot at ISO 1600 @400mm with my Canon 50D.

I just put the Hummingbird feeder out today… let’s see if they start coming by to pose 🙂

Woodpecker Saturday

17 10 2009

I was away for a week, resulting in some hungry birds apparently in the neighbourhood.  Once I refilled the feeder and the suet cage things were hopping!
4 different woodpeckers came by today.  I got some shots of 3 of them:
Pileated male:
pileated woodpecker birds Burnaby BC Canada
Pileated male grabbing a bite (and dwarfing my suet cage):
pileated woodpecker birds Burnaby BC Canada
Male Northern Flicker (red-shafted):
Northern redshafted Flicker birds Burnaby BC Canada
Hairy woodpecker (a first time shot for me):
woodpecker hairy birds Burnaby BC Canada

My pileated friend came back!

21 09 2009

This morning, I was checking on the feeder and I noticed my pileated friend from last week was back.  She was hopping along my fence and pecking away (Great – if this keeps up I’ll need a new fence  😉 ) I managed to get the balcony door open so that the glass wouldn’t be in the way of my shot this time.  She hopped up onto the railing and then we proceeded to have a staring contest.  She looked at me, I looked at her.  Neither of us daring to move in the hope that the other wouldn’t do anything rash.   After what felt like an eternity (actually probably about 30 seconds) she decided that the feeder was just too tempting and that I wasn’t the big threat to her…  I slowly lifted the camera and then it happened… the indicator flashed and flashed… too dark!  What???  I was shooting using Auto ISO.  Apparently I needed more than 1600 for the morning light with the 100-400.  Urghh… cursed F/5.6  Why could I not afford a 400 f/2.8???  Oh yeah. This is why. Sigh.  I carefully moved my fingers and ramped up the ISO to 3200 and managed a few shots before she had had enough of the glamour life. Here’s the best of today’s shoot (click on it for the big version – birghter – nicer…):
pileated woodpecker feeder Burnaby BC Canada

Also, sitting quietly in the fir tree to the back was a lovely Northern Flicker who was more or less patiently waiting for his turn at the feeder.

It’s one of the few times I’ve managed to shoot the flicker in the tree!  Unfortunately the tree was even darker than the feeder.  I got this guy at ISO 6400.  A little Noise Ninja cleaned him right up nicely though:
NorthernFlicker Flicker Bird redshafted Burnaby BC Canada

I think they’re starting to like hanging around.  I also think I saw the first Junco of the winter today. I KNOW the pine siskins and the towhees are back already.  Winter in this area really brings a lot of interesting birds around.

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