Boundary Bay 72nd Ave Delta
The day began at 6.30 a.m with a hearty breakfast and quick perusal of my 2015 horoscope. By 8.00 a.m I had picked up Raymond and were on our way to Boundary Bay. The plan was to photograph a Golden Eagle, which from Raymond's prior experience was best attempted in the early morning light. Sure enough after only ten minutes a Golden Eagle soared over us and perched on a tall popular tree about 30 metres from the road.
These pictures are as near as I could get but they are the only ones I have of this juvenile. Two years ago I was lucky enough to photograph an adult bird at Sumas Prairie so it was nice to compare the two plumages.
For those wanting to drive out to Abbotsford there are two Golden Eagles at Sumas Prairie but you may have to work little harder to find them. A Golden was also reported at Elgin Park/Stewart House although it may be the same 72nd St bird.
|Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)|
How lucky we were to have seen it. Suddenly it took off and was time to leave for our next location.
|A bird of almost mythical status.|
An hour later we were on our way (car pooling) to Burnaby Mountain where a flock of Pine Grosbeaks were ignoring the hordes of photographers as they gorged on emerging cheery buds. The bird's antics drew quite the crowd both photographers and park patrons.
|Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)|
|A tight crop showing off more feather detail.|
|I composed this image in the viewfinder, first locking the focus onto the bird and then moving the camera to the left so as not to cut off the tip of the cherry tree.|
Grant Narrows/Catbird Slough
|Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulous)|
I hadn't meant to go birding on the last day of the year but I am sure glad I did. I had originally planned a 'Top Ten' of my favourite birds or even a page of my 2014 lifers but time restraints only allows me this little ramble.
Anyway for all of you who have been following my journal I wish you all the very best of health and happiness for 2015 and of course....good birding!:
"It's never too late to start birding"