Today, I was going through my son's photographs from our recent trip to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. I was very pleased with them and wanted to feature just a few here.
My son is 9 years of age and shares my love for the outdoors, photography, and birds. To follow are just a few of his images.
The most important thing I've learned, while going through these images, is that my son noticed things I overlooked ~ the mushroom, the scattered flight patterns of the Snow Geese, a fleeting moment of silence while "little brother" watched a Hawk hunt over the marsh, and the way the Long-billed Dowitchers appeared from the tower while looking through the fence. Sadly, I've never even bothered to climb that tower, or back-up far enough to catch more birds in flight, or study the forest floor in search of mushrooms.
Perhaps, next time, I will. Thank you, Joshua, for showing me the little things ~ things overlooked.
We spent some time over on Westham Island today, visiting the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. First up was a big surprise ~ A Black-crowned Night-Heron, perched low in a tree. A short walk down the trail revealed a sneaky female Wood Duck, caught red-handed on the feeder and desperately trying to avoid eye contact with me.
The migrant Sandhill Cranes were present [about 12 in all], as well as the resident family of 3. Oddly, there were very few Canada Geese present, clearly replaced by a huge flock of Snow Geese. The flock of Long-billed Dowitchers were also napping by the blue tower.
All in all, it was very busy at the Sanctuary, with plenty of air traffic moving in and out throughout the day.
I did manage a Life Bird today ~ An Eared Grebe. To follow is my photo record of my sightings...
My name is Kimberley [@BCBirder on Twitter] and, when I'm not working, or taking care of my two sons, I love to spend time outdoors, observing and photographing birds and wildlife that can be found in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
My blog primarily focuses on our fine feathered friends, with an occasional frog, turtle or squirrel thrown in for good measure.