Saturday, July 31, 2010

Weekend Wings


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wings on Wednesday



Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wings on Wednesday


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Highlights from Westham Island, B.C.

Today, my husband and I took my son, Joshua, to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Westham Island. Joshua [9] is a budding photographer and an avid birdwatcher, just like his mom. The Sanctuary is part of the Fraser River Estuary and offers a much needed rest-stop for weary migratory birds passing through the Pacific Flyway.

To follow is a photo record of our day...




Spotted Towhee


Song Sparrow


Marsh Wren


Western Tiger Swallowtail



Male Wood Duck [molting]


Canada Goose


Mallard Ducklings


Sandhill Crane chick 'on the grow'


Great Blue Heron




Barn Swallow, nesting

Update: The Barn Swallows I photographed previously, as well as the Tree Swallows from the painted nesting box, had all fledged. The Barn Swallow photos above are of the last remaining unhatched nest at the Sanctuary.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wings on Wednesday



Friday, July 9, 2010

Summer Additions...

Westham Island, in Ladner, British Columbia, is home to many new birds, including these 3 very hungry baby Tree Swallows...




It's not easy to see all 3 but if you look closely...



Suddenly, the squeaky wheel spots his mommy....with a juicy dragon fly!



INCOMING!!!



We also spotted these brand new Barn Swallows, which looked to be only a few days old...



So precious...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Feeding Time







Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wings on Wednesday




Saturday, July 3, 2010

Highlights from Mara Lake, B.C.

Recently, my family and I drove up to Mara Lake, where a good friend of ours has a waterfront cabin. Although the weather was unseasonably chilly and overcast, we had a lovely time. To follow are just a few highlights from our trip...

My son and his daddy, fishin' on the pier...

While an Osprey was huntin' fish from above...


There was a family of Common Mergansers...



There was also a pair of Northern Flickers nesting in the tree outside the cabin. Very noisy critters, they were!
Also noisy was this Miami Vice Movie Boat! A $500,000 watercraft owned by Bryan Trottier, a retired Professional Hockey Player that played 18 seasons with the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. He owns a luxury cabin on the lake.