Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wings on Wednesday

The last time I posted for "Wings on Wednesday" was back on September 14, 2011. Thankfully, I ran into my "frenemy" and backyard predator, the Cooper's Hawk, and just had to share some of the poses with you....







He had a good "look-see" around before picking off one of the many Rock Pigeons :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Winter Highlights from Westham Island...

Since my friend and birding partner, Robbie, had moved to Alberta, my desire to get outside and look for birds all but dried up. It wasn't until I received a direct message [on Twitter] from a friend in Victoria, British Columbia, did I start to consider going out again. Long story short, I'm glad I did.

After a brief and fruitful stop along Boundary Bay, to see the Snowy Owls [we saw 12 in all], we continued on to Westham Island and the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Not only did I want to see my favorite winter migrants, like the Lesser Scaup, The American Wigeon and the American Coot, but I also wanted to look in on the Sandhill Crane Colt, which was hatched earlier in the year. As fate would have it, the little family of 3 were there, along with a few migrant Sandhill Cranes. When we arrived, the cranes were surrounded by photographers with extraordinarily long lenses. Funny thing was, my son [who's 10] reached into his pocket and pulled out a bag of seed. Unfortunately, the bag was empty but that didn't stop the 3 resident Sandhill Cranes from coming over and investigating the bag. My son was terrified, at first, but I assured him that even if they pecked him, it wouldn't hurt. They pecked him...twice. Let's just say...I was wrong. :) Anyway, I managed to get a few good shots in...at my son's expense.

Here's the colt...

Pappa...

..and a preening mamma!

The Northern Pintails had arrived, in all their glory...

...along with the American Wigeons

We watched as a Great Blue Heron hunted for fry near the water's edge, a first for both my son and I...

The Snow Geese had also arrived, from Russia. They were kept on their toes by the many raptors thirsting after them - Northern Harriers, Red Tailed Hawks, among others...




There were handsome Fox Sparrows...Spotted Towees, Northern Flickers, Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Downy Woodpeckers too.

...and, in keeping with a Dengler/Wakelin tradition, we hand fed my spark bird...the Black-capped Chickadee.


Sadly, all good things must come to an end [for the day, anyway]. For now, I leave you with a sexy pair of American Coot feet. Until next time, my friends...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I'm Like A Bird...

It's been quite a while since I've blogged about our fine feathered friends, but recently, my family was taken for a spin around the city of Vancouver, in a cessna. Finally, we had a taste of what it would be like to fly like a bird!

To follow are just a few of the images taken on this grey and rainy Autumn day...



First up, ordering the in-flight meal, "I'd like a Happy Meal, please. Hold the pickles!"







Special thanks to our friend, Captain Mike, for the lift! I'm currently working on my arm strength and growin' feathers!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Honoring Autumn

A neighbors cat plays with the first fallen leaf of Autumn...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wings on Wednesday





Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wings on Wednesday

The Lesser Scaup is one of my favorite diving ducks because of the striking eye and the magnificent contrasting plumage.







Friday, August 26, 2011

The Gulls of Boundary Bay...

Out of all of the Gulls one's likely to see, out at Boundary Bay's Centennial Beach in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, the Ring-billed is the most common.


Sure, some would refer to these as "parking lot" Gulls, because they're often seen outside of fast food restaurants foraging for food, but I still think they're beautiful to look at. Their striking eyes and the beautiful contrast of black wingtips and white underparts make this Gull one of my favorites!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wings on Wednesday



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wings on Wednesday









Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wings on Wednesday