Manning Park Birds

10 05 2016

I was up at Manning Park this past weekend with my Scouts. It was the warmest May weekend I’ve ever spent!  A few feathered friends made an appearance.

1. Female Brown-Headed Cowbird

Female Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

2. Steller’s Jay (Our BC provincial bird!)

Steller’s jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

3. Male Barrow’s Goldeneye

Male Barrow’s goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

4. The Ubiquitous Grey Jay or Whiskey Jack

Grey jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

5. My personal favourite bird of the weekend – Audubon’s Warbler

Audubon’s warbler
by Brian Hampson, on Flickr

There are also a bunch of landscape and a couple of starscape attempts in the album, if you’re interested:

Thanks for taking the time to enjoy!

Steller’s Jay – A study

13 06 2011
3 hours of sitting still paid off. The Steller’s Jays are starting to almost come closer than MFD… Still working on feeding by hand… They aren’t THAT comfortable with me yet.

Comments and Critique welcome.


Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr


Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Finches, Hummingbirds, Jays! What a great time to have a feeder

4 06 2011

Things are active around the feeders these days and the hummingbirds seem to be more tolerant of me shooting. Here are some shots from yesterday.

1. My Wet Steller’s Jay
Wet Steller’s Jay by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Dodging raindrops.
Male Rufous Hummingbird by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. In flight.
Hummer in flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. A Photoshop rescue – this one was soo dark in the fir tree boughs
Showing off his stuff by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Male American Goldfinch
Sitting pretty by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Juvenile House Finch
Immature House Finch by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

It’s a great time to be shooting backyard birds!

OOB Steller’s Jay

11 02 2009

Using Serrator’s Excellent OOB tutorial, I came up with this guy:

That was my first try… I’ve got to find things that aren’t so fuzzy, I think.

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An exciting morning at the feeder today

11 02 2009

Hmm… I just realized that things are getting a bit desperate if I’m writing about an “exciting morning at the feeder”.  LOL!


I was about to head of to work this morning and looked out at the feeder as usual to see who was visiting.  Imagine my surprise to see both Mr. and Mrs. Downy woodpecker feeding from the feeder.  Also, there were these little grey birds (smaller than chickadee, with longer tails) that were mobbing my suet feeder.  I didn’t know what they were…

“I’ve got to get a quick shot before I head off to work”, I thought to myself. 

I zipped upstairs and grabbed the camera, snapped on the 100-400 and zipped back down.  My Downies had gone and so had the little grey birds.. all that was left was a finch, and he bolted once he saw me at the door. :( 

I went out to the balcony to see if the woodpeckers had stopped in the fir (that would be a good shot too!).  No luck.  As I was standing there, about 4 feet from the feeder, I heard the distinct sound of claws landing and grabbing metal.  I knew a bird had landed very close by. I looked around the feeder and as I circled, I found this little Downy.  I couldn’t believe my luck!  I picked up the camera to shoot and then realized that the lens won’t focus at 4 feet – you need 6.. Arghh.. TOO close – what a great problem to have!  I backed out to where the lens would FINALLY give me confirmation of focus and started snapping away.  Drat – 1600ISO was still too dark.  2500 seemed to give me enough light to shoot.  She held so still.  I was able to walk around and try shooting from different angles.  She was a VERY patient model 😉

“Maybe I can get her to eat peanuts from my hand!”, was my next thought.

I ran in and grabbed a couple of peanuts and held them out to her.  I could reach my hand to within 6 inches her! She didn’t fly away.  Alas, she also didn’t want my peanuts.  I went back inside and decided to get the 70-200 because I was sure I could get some great pics at F2.8.  Upon my return, she had flown off, and all I could see around was a male Downy off in the maple nearby.  She obviously decided to move on to a more “professional” photographer.  Sigh – story of my life 😉

My chirping and “Downy Woodpecker calling” seemed to have attracted a Steller’s Jay.  They LOVE the peanuts!  They are pretty skittish though and don’t particularly like being shot.   I did manage to get a nice shot of him/her as it was on the fir tree eyeing me over to determine how much of a threat I was, and was the threat worth it to get the 2 peanuts on the balcony railing. 

Here’s the Steller’s Jay:

An interesting morning – I’d STILL like to figure out what the little grey jobbies were…  Oh well, that’ll be another day, I’m sure they’ll be back!


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