Thursday 12 June 2014

Manning Park /End of Road Trip

June 5 2015 Manning Park B.C. Sunny
The last stop of call  before returning to Vancouver was to try out a bit of high elevation birding at the Manning Park lookout. The 8 km paved switchback road climbs through a number of promising birding venues as well as the chance of spotting critters including Black Bear, Mule Deer and Yellow-bellied Marmots. The road to the alpine area was still closed due to heavy snow.

Looking toward the USA from the Manning Park lookout.

Townsend's Warbler (Dendroica townsendi)

*Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
*Common Raven (Corvus corax)

I was surprised to find that Ravens are classified as uncommon but I had tried for a while to get a decent shot and the lookout at Manning Park proved the perfect opportunity. The Raven is a large bird with a wingspan of almost five feet or 1.5 metres.

So there it is, a road trip that started on Tuesday June 3 at 4.30 a.m and ended June 5 at 10 a.m
A trip that covered 1448 kms and about 30 hours of actual birding.

*Tamron 150mm-600mm

It's never too late to start birding!
John Gordon

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