I went to downtown Vancouver late this afternoon, a couple of hours ahead of the start of Coastal Connections, the gathering of students, faculty, consultants, and stewards in the fishy business.
Those hours proved productive as I got lots of shots of this Double-Crested Cormorant doing some successful fishing near Science World.
I guesstimate that it got a fish about once every three dives. Now if I could catch a fish once every three casts. . .
Down the hatch!
A benefit to walking the ravine in the rain is that you pretty much have it to yourself. Saw only one other person in a one-hour ramble. And the rain produces lush, soft colors.
We had a wonderful three-hour ramble round the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary today.
House Sparrow? (I still have trouble with LBBs – – little brown birds : – )
Wood Duck female
Wood Duck male
Checking out the view from Yumi’s head
Great Blue Heron
Spent three or four hours at Iona Beach Regional Park this afternoon, part of Metro Vancouver’s superb regional parks system.
Photographers were drooling over this bluebird. I was, like, that’s a bluebird? : -)
Crows are so smart and cool. . .
Tree swallows having a, er, friendly chat over real estate
Thinking Double-Crested Cormorant?
Snow Geese spooked by an eagle
Said eagle contemplating its poor luck and plotting its next move — and no, I’m not making this up, it flew straight across and I saw it land in this tree.
We enjoyed watching this Pileated Woodpecker in Ron McLean Park in SE Burnaby, BC, today.
UPDATE from BC Ag: It’s not invasive — Hi Paul, thanks for the photo and note. This is a stink bug, but not a Brown Marmorated Stink bug, thankfully. It is a rough stink bug, Brochymena species, which is actually a predator, and commonly found around the Vancouver area.
We came across an interesting bug on our front door about a week ago. After posting a photo on Facebook, several folks said it was an invasive stink bug. When I went back out to trap it, it had disappeared.
Well, yesterday it reappeared, so I have it in a small plastic container in our freezer.
Some info from the BC government here.
Nice to see cherry blossoms and magnolias approaching their peak in Vancouver and Burnaby.
Museum of Vancouver
There were at least half a dozen eagles hanging around Spanish Banks in Vancouver this afternoon.
Yumi spotted a couple of Barred Owls and a hawk today on our SE Burnaby walk. Not sure if the hawk is a Sharp-shinned or a Cooper’s.
UPDATE: One expert has weighed in on Cooper’s. Thanks!
UPDATE 2: And another has come down for Sharp-Shinned. . .
Spent over an hour shooting around the Kamui Mintara installation on Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby, BC, today.
This Spotted Towhee was quite friendly — usually they’re very shy