Category Archives: Nature

SEHAB Reports to Department of Fisheries Regional HQ

Several SEHAB (Salmonid Enhancement & Habitat Advisory Board) members had a productive meeting today with 2 Department of Fisheries Directors, 2 Regional Managers, and the Stewardship Planning Coordinator.

We met via Teams to report out on the last SEHAB meeting, bringing forward concerns from BC’s streamkeeper and stewardship volunteer community on issues such as groundwater access for volunteer hatcheries, the salmonid fry salvage policy and adult salvage (fish stranding when drought affects watersheds), enhanced networking opportunities, DFO research into the 6PPD-Q chemical in vehicle tires that is known to be lethal to Coho salmon, and some planning looking forward to the province-wide streamkeeper/stewardship conference in 2025, etc. Whew!

One of the key issues was the likelihood of drought affecting watersheds across BC again this year. The outlook is not good for fish, for agriculture, for forestry, for fires. . .

Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Birds

Despite the cold, windy weather, I got lots of bird photos at Fraser Foreshore Park in south Burnaby, BC, today.

anna's hummingbird fraser foreshore park burnaby bc
Anna’s Hummingbird

bald eagles nest fraser foreshore park burnaby bc
Nice to see Bald Eagles hanging out at last year’s nest.

Girls are attracting a lot of attention at the Fraser Foreshore Park ponds. Two Wood Duck males and a female, and two Ring-necked Duck males and a female.

Tow male wood ducks and a female Fraser Foreshore Park Burnaby BC

Two male Ring-necked Ducks and a female Fraser Foreshore Park Burnaby BC

Hooded Merganser Fraser Foreshore Park Burnaby BC
Hooded Merganser

Adding Nikon D500 To Photo Arsenal

My first ramble with my new (to me) Nikon D500 DSLR body.

I’ve always wanted one of these tanks that are great for wildlife/action photography. Yes, the D500 is old, but it’s still a superb performer that got a Gold rating from DP Review.

Got the body, two batteries, charger, manual, and original strap for less than half of what a D500 body cost new at its introduction.

Oh, yes, and  81,000 shutter activations, with a rating of 200,000, so lots of life in it yet. . .

Buds on Byrne Creek in Burnaby BC
Byrne Creek blossoms

Varied Thrush in Byrne Creek Ravine Park in Burnaby BC
Varied Thrush in Byrne Creek Ravine Park

Kinglet in Taylor Park in Burnaby BC
Kinglet in Taylor Park

Wind-blown clouds as seen from Taylor Park Burnaby BC
Wind-blown clouds viewed from Taylor Park

Sora the CAt
And later. . . Sora the Cat asking if I’m ready for cuddly/sleep yet . . .

Sad That TV Japan is Leaving Cable & Doubling in Price

We’re sad that TV Japan will no longer be available via cable. We’ve had a subscription here in Canada for many years at around C$18/month.

It’s the channel we watch together the most (my partner is Japanese),  and it likely takes up the most PVR recordings.

It’s got amazingly photographed documentaries and nature shows.

Heart-warming family shows like Kazoku ni Kampai with Tsurube, and travel/history/geography/geology fave Tamori.

Morning talk show Asaichi that explores interesting places in Japan, good food, and social and health issues.

The quirky Instruction Manual Theatre.

Natural Grandeur of the East with its mind-blowing nature videos.

Somewhere Street that travels the world to document cities and their historical sites and local food. . .

Kokoro no Tabi in which we follow a crusty old dude who cycles around Japan to visit sites suggested by letters from viewers for sentimental reasons. . .

“My late mother loved walking a path to a beach near . . . .”

“The best years of my life were in elementary school in . . . where we’d climb a hill . . .  ”

They are moving to an online streaming service — at US$25/month, or nearly C$40/month. Sigh. That’s over double. . .

We’ll probably cough it up, but sometimes “progress” sucks, eh?

Hawk, Eagles, Waterfowl at Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby, BC

In addition to the several Great Blue Herons that I photographed at Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby, BC, this morning (see previous post), here are a few other species.

Hawk at Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby, BC
Hawk at extreme range. I still have trouble distinguishing between Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned, but it was quite small.

male and female ring-necked ducks at fraser foreshore park in Burnaby, BC
Male and female Ring-necked ducks.

Bufflehead diving in Byrne Creek in Burnaby, BC
Bufflehead diving in lower Byrne Creek near the confluence with the Fraser.

bald eagles on log boom at Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby, BC
Bald Eagles on a log boom. The one on the right was eating something that looked like a small mammal.