Category Archives: Nature

Walking Family Dogs in Rice Fields in Aomori, Japan

Walking the family dogs in the rice fields in Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan a couple of weeks ago.

Jun, the little female, was new to the family and a bit uncertain about going for long walks far from her new home, but quickly warmed to the activity.

She got a tad freaked out a couple of times, and needed some reassurance, and Eito, the older dog, wondered why the heck she was getting special treatment. 

dog walking aomori rice fields

Walking rain, sleet, snow, or sunshine!

Rewarded with a rainbow

We saw a few of these raptors soaring over the fields and forests. Got this shot at max zoom with my pocket Canon SX730HS.

Burnaby Lake Birds and Bees

We walked trails at Burnaby Lake in Burnaby, BC, for a couple of hours this morning.

bee blossom burnaby lake
Busy bee

chickadee tree cavity
Chickadee working on a cavity

Yellow Jacket Burnaby Lake
Yellow Jacket

bullfrog burnaby lake

red winged blackbird burnaby lake
Red-Winged Blackbird

western painted turtle burnaby lake
Western Painted Turtle

tree swallow nest box burnaby lake
Tree swallow nest box

tree swallow peekaboo burnaby lake

great blue heron brunette river burnaby
Great Blue Heron in the Brunette River

bushtit nest
Looks like a bushtit nest

Lots of Wildlife at Deer Lake in Burnaby, BC

We spent a few hours rambling trails around Deer Lake in Burnaby, BC, today.

great blue herons deer lake burnaby
Great Blue Herons were active at the rookery and all around the lake

anna's hummingbird deer lake burnaby
Anna’s Hummingbird

western painted turtle deer lake burnaby
Nice to see a native Western Painted Turtle among the dozens of invasive Red-Eared Sliders

bullfrog deer lake burnaby
Unfortunately we also spotted this invasive bullfrog

violet green swallow deer lake burnaby
I’m thinking Violet-Green Swallow?

yellow-rumped warbler deer lake burnaby
Yellow-Rumped Warbler?

red-tailed hawk light phase burnaby
On our way home we saw this raptor soaring high above Marine Drive. Light phase Red-Tailed Hawk?


Cranes, Kestrel in SE Burnaby, BC

We don’t often walk the lower portion of the dyke confining Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby, but a fellow had contacted me for information about flood gates impacting salmon movement, so we went down to take some photos this evening.

To our delight, a pair of sandhill cranes flew by as we were crossing the railway tracks at Byrne Creek near the Riverview Golf Course.

And then for bonus points, Yumi spotted a kestrel high up in an alder. Cool!

sandhill crane flyby burnaby bc

kestrel burnaby bc

I hear tell that kestrels are among the killer elite, ounce for ounce one of the most efficient avian predators. . .

UPDATE (3/29): Birder George Clulow has an informative post about kestrels nesting in Burnaby on his blog.

Barred Owl on Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby

Been hearing Barred Owls along Byrne Creek on our last several walks, and today we saw one.

Max 40X optical zoom on my little pocket Canon SX730H at ISO 800, which is about as high as you can push the wee sensor before you seriously start losing definition.

Barred Owls have been nesting in the ravine park, so please give them their space, minimize observation time, and don’t make them uncomfortable.

barred owl byrne creek burnaby