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!

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!

Red Tailed Hawk vs. Northern Harrier – Dogfight!

1 11 2010

Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Delta BC, Canada

So, here was this poor Red Tailed Hawk just soaring around minding his own business.
Red Tailed Hawk

Next thing you know a Northern Harrier decided that he didn’t like Red in his area. What an aerial battle ensued. The Harrier continued to dive and attack the RTH while he worked to avoid the harassment. In shot #3 you can see the RTH has his head turned 180 to try to see the Harrier attacking from above. Classic dogfight!
RedTail vs Harrier

What a great day to be outside!

18 02 2009

I took a day off yesterday… Wow it was nice to go out to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary when there aren’t hundreds of CARS (never mind people).

I got out there around 0945 and there were only 8 cars in the lot.  It was quiet. Perfect.   I came across the night herons right near the entrance as usual.  There was a juvenile nice and close and he had his eyes open…  a great photo op. 

Loons and cormorants were busy fishing (successfully) and the birds were almost loud – there were so many of them chirping!    There were many Northern Pintails, Northern Shovellers and American Widgeons as well as the usual plethora of Mallards.

Highlights of the visit included my first GOOD raptor in flight, my first GOOD Northern Flicker, my ONLY photos of an American Bittern, and being able to hang with 5 sandhill cranes!

I was there for 6 hours and easily could have spent longer if not for my desire to beat the rush hour traffic.

Here are a couple of shots from the day:

Northern Harrier on the hunt:
hawk Harrier Reifel Bird Delta BC Canada

American Bittern also hunting (for fish):
Bittern Reifel Birds Sanctuary Delta BC Canada

After his catch (you can see the bulge in his throat):
Bittern Reifel Birds Sanctuary Delta BC Canada

All these shots were with the Canon 50D and Canon 100-400mm lens @ 400mm.

For full data, view the fullsize image and read its EXIF.

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