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Monday, February 3, 2014

I Went Birding Monday

Monday Feb3 2014 
 Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary/Ladner River Rd, 64th Ave and 72nd Ave.
As promised there was not a cloud in the sky Monday morning which meant below average daytime temperatures of just above freezing, perfect for spending a day outside.
The day began with a check on the Prairie Falcon which may have moved on as a Pergrine Falcon was now occupying the favoured perch. A quick drive along River Road turned up the Red-tailed Hawk with the big beak syndrome but not much else.
A walk around Reifel didn't produce too much photographically but I had a number of interesting conversations and had a wonderful packed lunch while overlooking the marsh and Fraser Delta. As I was leaving a Bald Eagle flew over head offering me the chance to a head-on shot.
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Moving on to 64th Ave two long-eared owls slept in a bush while being very patient with all the passersby including dogs and horses. There were only a few Dark-eyed Juncos where sometimes eight or nine species could be counted on a good day.
As 72nd Ave is on my way home I thought I might drop in and wait for the Short-eared Owls to begin their hunting. On my arrival at about 2.30 p.m the Northern Harriers were already hunting, a few were sparring with Bald Eagles or squabbling among themselves over Townsend's Voles, a favourite prey in the fields and foreshore.
A number of Bald Eagles were circling above the dyke when suddenly an immature bird landed right in front of me.
Immature Bald Eagle
The mature eagles were pairing up and in the distance could be seen swooping down on mixed flocks of American Wigeon, Mallard and Green-winged Teal.
Mixed flocks of duck disturbed by eagles.


As the sun began to fade and the 'sweet light' bathed the fields the Short-eared Owls began the hunt.
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

2 comments:

  1. I love your blog and enthusiasm for birds you have inspired me.

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  2. Thanks for comments. After 30 years spent photographing news events, the joy and freedom that birding brings me brightens every moment I am outside in nature. Because of it I'm in a great place, long may it continue.

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