Feb 6-11 Blackie Spit-Richmond and Tynehead Regional Park. Sunny and Showers.
Prior and in-between the Great Gray Owl twitch I headed down to Blackie Spit to photograph the Snow Bunting that had been recently sighted. As I searched I happened upon a flock of Dunlin busily feeding on the exposed mudbanks at the end of the spit. At first the birds were far way, amongst them were few Black-bellied Plovers.
I lay on the gravel and sand hoping the Dunlins would come closer and sure enough they did. The Dunlin seemed fearless while the Plovers scuttled off at the slightest movement. Five minutes later my patience paid off when one of the birds quite oblivious of my presence came so close I couldn't close focus. I just enjoyed the moment which was a pleasant distraction from the howling wind around my ears.
|Dunlin (Calidris alpina)|
The Plover (below) kept its distance so I decided to use selective focus and use the foreground to frame the picture. The bright earth tones I think brightens up a somewhat drab image.
|Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)|
|Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)|
|Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)|
As this is a round-up for the week the next bird up is a Varied Thrush which I photographed while looking for the Great Gray Owl at Tynehead Regional Park earlier in the week. Some think the Varied Thrush should have been B.C.'s official bird rather than the Stella's Jay, either way they are both beautiful in their own right.
Finally the week rounded out with a few shots of a Townsend's Solitaire that had been reported in Richmond. I changed my position to create different backgrounds.
|Pic #1 Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi)|
|Pic #3 the blue background is a restaurant window.|
|and pic #4 the background is a yellow ornamental bush which creates a warmer look than pic #3.|
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