All posts by Paul Cipywnyk

Crows Harassing Red-tailed Hawk in Burnaby, BC

Crows giving a Red-tailed Hawk a warm welcome to the ‘hood in south Burnaby, BC, this morning.

We heard some action before breakfast, and Sora the Cat came dashing in from the balcony when the hawk began screaming.

Later I went for a Byrne Creek walk, and as I neared home, I heard the crows getting fired up again, so I ran inside, grabbed Big Bertha (Tamron 150-600mm on a Nikon Z50) and got these shots from our balcony.

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Wildlife at Porteau Cove, Alice Lake, BC

I took an overnight solo camping trip up the Sea to Sky highway the other day. Photographed a bunch of wildlife.

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Sea Lions at Porteau Cove. They’ve hanging out there for weeks if not months. . .

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Barn Swallow at Porteau Cove. There were several young looking ones appearing to test the breeze.

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Brown-headed Cowbird at Porteau Cove.

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Red-breasted Sapsucker at Alice Lake Provincial Park

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Douglas Squirrel at Alice Lake

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Raven at Alice Lake. It seemed to follow me about halfway around the lake before heading off. . .

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I’m thinking Audubon’s Warbler. . . There was a bunch of them flitting about at Alice Lake Provincial Park near Squamish, BC. I took over a hundred shots over the course of an hour to get a few decent ones. . .


Fraser Foreshore Feathered Friends

I walked Fraser Foreshore Park in SE Burnaby, BC, this morning for several hours, seeing Bald Eagles on nests, Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds, a Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Flickers making out, and more. . .

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Anna’s Hummingbird

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Rufous Hummingbird

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Bald Eagle

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Brown-headed Cowbird

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Wilson’s Warbler

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Spotted Towhee

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Female Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird

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Northern Flickers in love. . . 🙂

Barred Owlet Season is On in Burnaby

Wasn’t broadcasting this year’s batch of Barred Owlets, but someone spilled the beans and the photographers are sprouting like mushrooms on a warm day after a gentle rain. . .

A gentle reminder: folks, we get excited, but please, take a few shots and move along, eh? Don’t camp out for hours. . .

Today I saw a photographer trip on another photographer’s tripod and nearly go sliding down a ravine.

Admire nature, but respect it, too.

BTW, these were shot handheld with a wee Canon SX730 pocket zoom.

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Courtenay River Walk in Comox, BC

I was in Comox on Vancouver Island for work, and I got up early for a walk. I’d been to the river and estuary  before as part of my volunteer streamkeeper learning experiences many years ago, and it was great to see it again.

Nice to see the First Nations recognition, and panels on the ongoing habitat restoration efforts.

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This Anna’s Hummingbird greeted me as I left the hotel property and stepped onto the river trail.

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Common Mergansers

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Lake LA-4 plane.
Lake LA-4 plane. The “pusher” configuration caught my eye. . . Online search shows it was manufactured in 1965.

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White-crowned Sparrow

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