Sunday 8 November 2015

An Opportunity Too Good to Miss

Nov 8/15 Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty Overcast 9c Cloud and showers
Sunday is normally a family day, unless of course there is a mega twitch or heavens forbid a chance of a 'Lifer'
Such was the situation Sunday when I received a text from my good birding buddy Raymond Ng with the news that he was looking at a Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, a bird I had been hoping to photograph for the past 6 years. I was just about to wash the wife's car so a quick decision had to be made.
To bird or not to bird, that was the big question. No prize to guess what happened next!
Anyway, with all kinds of vague promises about when I might return I left home at 11.55 a.m driving like a lunatic when about halfway to Tsawasssen I noticed the gas gauge was on empty. Fortunately I arrived safely where I found Raymond busily photographing the Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (Hepburn's)
I quickly rattled off about thirty shots when suddenly it flew off and out of sight. I thanked Raymond profusely and was back on the road and home in Cloverdale by 1.35 p.m.
On a non-birding note I also had time to visit a car wash, the end to a perfect day.
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Hepburn's or coastal subspecies.

Gary-Crowned Rosy Finches nest in the Arctic tundra.

"It's never too late to start birding"
John Gordon
Langley /Cloverdale
BC Canada


  1. Wow in and out with gorgeous shots my friend so long you have wanted this lifer and finally you got it! All good things come to those who wait ;) congrats!!!!!

    1. I know, twice I was on the way to the airport. I thought about trying for it but I was afraid I might miss my flight.
      Thanks for the kind comments.