Last day out shooting in 2014

7 01 2015

Last birds of 2014… I went out with a friend to shoot at Reifel and Boundary Bay.  Was not disappointed.  First time sightings of Bohemian Waxwings and a Golden Eagle!

1. Golden-Crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Icy Pintail Drake

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Sandill Cranes in Flight

Sandhill Cranes (Grus Canadensis) flying by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Cooper’s Hawk

Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Golden Eagle out duck hunting

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole day’s photos can be found at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157647722360013/

I hope you enjoy these photos and that you have a good year shooting in 2015!





Catching up on some Photo Processing on a Wet Sunday

10 04 2011

It’s a wet, cool day out today, so I caught up on some of my birds from a couple of weeks ago.  I haven’t had a chance to do much work on them recently with a short trip to Cleveland in the middle and a website that I’m supposed to have done for somebody 😦

Well, here are the birds from a couple of weeks ago… all nicely geotagged with the new BT-Q1000XT (Fun little device)

1. Little Marsh Wren

Where is my mate? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Chickadee making a nest.

Hellooo? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Tree Swallows

Out! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. A GBH passing by.

Soaring by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Female Harrier in the sky – Hawk(?) on the ground.

A bird in the hand? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Northern Saw-whet with prey.

Dinner! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy them!





Some more birds from Saturday’s walk around Reifel and Boundary Bay

9 03 2011
Some more birds taken at Boundary Bay regional park and Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary back on March 6, 2011.  All shot with Canon 7D and the 100-400 (most, if not all, at 400mm)
 
1) Female Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier on the Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Male Northern Harrier

Male Northern Harrier by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Take Out!

Take Out by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Mrs Lesser Scaup

Mrs Lesser Scaup by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) Mrs Hooded Merganser

Mrs Hooded Merganser by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) Mr Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) Mr Northern Flicker (whom I’m now led to believe may be an intergrade)

Red Shafted Northern Flicker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Hope you like ’em!





Was out shooting again yesterday

6 03 2011

I was out at Reifel and Down at Boundary Bay.  These shots are from Boundary Bay.

1. This guy would fly from stump to stump, posing for a group of photographers.
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Short Eared Owl Posing by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. This owl was cruising the marshy grasslands, hunting.
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Short Eared Owl Hunting by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. On the Hunt – about to drop for a kill.
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Short Eared Owl Hunting by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. A bit soft – but I loved the action…
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Short Eared Owl Posing by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. The little Saw-whet
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Northern Saw-whet Owl by DragonSpeed, on Flickr






Some birds from my walk around Reifel

8 12 2010

Back on Nov 28th I went for 5 hour walk around the Reifel Bird Sanctuary.  While the weatherman promised sun, it was far from it.  More like hazy overcast.  Less than ideal photography weather. 

The morning started out COLD and there was frost in places.  Most of the ponds were frozen over.  Always fun to watch the mallards come in for landings on ice and slide to a stop 😉

Well, here are a few shots that turned out OK for the day – All shot with the 7D and 100-400L:

The sky was so dreary behind this poor baldy that I had to give him a nice blue gradient instead

Bald Eagle by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

As I was about to leave, word got out about a couple of Great Horned Owls in a tree… They were tucked up DEEP in the branches. ISO 12800 to even get a shot worth keeping!

Great Horned Owl by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

A little marsh wren. You hear them and you see them flitting about. It was a nice change to be able to get a shot of one… My first time!

A little wren by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Greater White Fronted Goose – Uncommon visitor to the area

Greater White Fronted Goose by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Shorebirds resting

Shorebirds resting on the Tidal Flats by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Along comes Mr. Coopers Hawk…

Coopers Hawk by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Resulting in…. Shorebirds in flight

Shorebirds in flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More flight patterns

Shorebirds in flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More from my visit that day can be seen at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7625490900830/





Some Birds from Reifel

4 11 2010

I’m still editing some of my other shots but I thought I’d share a few of the various beauties that I saw the other week:

1. Dowitcher – "I’m SURE I set that morsel down HERE"

Dowitcher by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Golden-Crowned Sparrow – "Whatchyou talkin’ b’out Willis?"

Golden-Crowned Sparrow by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Golden-Crowned Sparrow – "Does this angle make my butt look fat?"

Golden-Crowned Sparrow by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Black-Crowned Night Heron – "Hey! What’s THAT doing in there?!!?"

Black-Crowned Night Heron by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Black-Crowned Night Heron

Black-Crowned Night Heron by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Snow Rising ???

Snow Geese by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Snow Geese – The migration

Snow Geese by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

All shot with the 100-400 on a Canon 7D





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








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