Category Archives: Nature

Cormorant Fishing Near Science World in Vancouver

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. . . 

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Down the hatch!

Reifel Birding Bonanza

We had a wonderful three-hour ramble round the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary today.


Sandhill Crane


House Sparrow? (I still have trouble with LBBs – – little brown birds : – )


Wigeons


Wigeon


Wood Duck female


Wood Duck male


Red-Winged Blackbird


Checking out the view from Yumi’s head


Brown-Headed Cowbirds


Chickadee


Crow


Downy Woodpecker


Golden-Crowned Sparrow


Great Blue Heron


LBB


LBB


LBB


Mallard


Merganser


Pintail synchro


Ring-Necked Duck


Rufous Hummingbird

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Salmonberry

Bagging Birds (with Camera) at Iona Beach

Spent three or four hours at Iona Beach Regional Park this afternoon, part of Metro Vancouver’s superb regional parks system.

birds at iona beach
American Goldfinch


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

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Thinking Double-Crested Cormorant?

Red-Winged Blackbird
Red-Winged Blackbird

snow geese
Snow Geese spooked by an eagle

Bald Eagel
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.

Invasive Stink Bug Knocking on Our Door

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.

stink bug

Some info from the BC government here.