Jan 7 2015 Westham Island/Alaksen/Reifel Overcast and Foggy 5c
On Wednesday following my dental appointment I made my way to Westham Island in Delta for some soothing birding.
I walked the Alaksen National Wildlife Area where it was quite peaceful in the fog, the only it interruption was a lone jogger. She may have saved the life of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet below when she spooked a Sharp-shinned Hawk that was eyeing the mixed flock of Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets I was photographing at the time.
A Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) reacts to a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
The interesting hues in the background of this picture are from the forest foliage.
The light wasn't getting any better so I searched out a food source for the birds where there was at least a decent amount light. First up was a Hermit Thrush, one of my favourite songsters. The last time I saw them was on a walk in Manning Park where their beautiful song could be heard from the tallest tree tops.
|Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)|
I was happy with the thrush image so I made my way to Reifel to see if I could locate the Harris's Sparrow for my *year list.. no luck!
*57 BC species so far in 2015. I've never kept a list so I may be an interesting project.
Next up was this Golden-crowned Kinglet, it was amongst a flock of Black-capped Chickadees flitting from tree to tree. Because there was no one else around I was able to have the flock surround me with their antics.
|Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)|
Reifel was quite busy despite the gloomy weather. The ponds were full of activity, mainly ducks beginning pair off for the spring.
|Adult Gadwal (Anas strepera)|
|Ring-necked Duck ( Aythya collaris)|
Tomorrow I plan to go up to Burnaby Mountain to finesse my take on the Pine Grosbeaks. My last stab at it included trying for clean backgrounds in my compositions but in doing so I almost completely ignored the female birds.
"It's never too late to start birding"
Beautiful just beautiful! Especially that thrush!ReplyDelete
Thanks. Super cool seeing the Evening Grosbeaks today.ReplyDelete
Cannot wait to see them!Delete
Thank you for the first paragraph particularly. I do not make my living with my photography but I had a recent problem with my photos being used without my permission and I found it extremely upsetting. I have made the changes to my camera and will explore my options on my post processing software.ReplyDelete
option g on the Mac creates the copyright symbol, don't know on the PC. There are two thoughts. The more you put out there at low res the more feedback. I give talks and one on one photo coaching so I connect that way. If you hide your work away then that's ok too but that creates vacuum if you are looking for feedback. Nothing can be done about digital thieves unless you go to Supreme Court which is too expensive for the likes of you and me. I have had images stolen and have successfully shamed them into paying. Both times the culprits were municipal councils.ReplyDelete
Politicians stealing? How unusual!Delete