| Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)|
During the day, I saw two Cooper's darting in and out of hedgerows, flying low and fast and then perching on fence posts. The Deltaport area is rich in raptors year round. I just wonder for how long.
|Older hedgerows hold more types of prey creating the perfect hunting ground for the Coopers Hawk.|
|Who's looking at who!|
|Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)|
It has been quite a few years since a Prairie Falcon has been seen in the Lower Mainland. This bird spent most of the winter in Brunswick Point but has recently expanded its territory to the Deltaport area.
|A Prairie Falcon prepares to land on a fence post. This shows the extended plumage of this immature raptor from the rear.|
Midday: Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty
|Brant (Branta bernicla)|
There were upwards of two thousand Brant feeding off the ferry terminal most probably on herring spawn. Too far way to photograph but excellent views through a scope. Note the horned Grebe in the distance.
|Distant shot of Brant by the Taxi rest area.|
|After much stalking I was able to get within fifty metres off this wary Horned Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)|
There were at least five in the bay and reports of a dozen or so at Point Roberts.
|A Male Great blue Heron (Ardea herodias) brings in a branch to add to the nest at the Tsawwassen Heronry.|
Birds noted April 10 2014
Song and Savannah Sparrow
Brant (2000-3000 in one raft)
Glaucous Wing Gull
Black Bellied Plover
Great Blue Heron
European House Sparrow
If you have got this far in the blog I thank you for your patience. What started as a passing interest thirty years ago has become my passion. Birds and birding itself took second place to my career in as a community newspaper photographer. During that time I had the opportunity to photography a myriad of events even self assigning myself to photograph the Canucks, B.C. Lions, English Premier League Football, music legends like B.B. King, Leonard Cohen and best of all the Dalai Lama. The "Big Man" as he is affectionately called even came up to me in a press scrum and shook my hand. I have to say it was the highlight of my thirty year careers as a photojournalist.
These days I find birding and bird photography the most rewarding for so many reasons I would need to write a book about it.
Much of my success I owe to the many birders who I have met since I started photographing birds seriously in April 2011, the fateful month the newspaper I worked for told my services were no longer needed. As it turned out the financial compensation softened the blow and changed my life for ever.
Today I couldn't be more happier walking around Brydon Lagoon with my Canon SX50HD point and shot or lugging around the "Big Gun"
Either way, birding has enriched my understanding of the natural world that surrounds me and us all. I couldn't think of anything I would be prefer to be doing with my life.