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.
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.
The cherry trees in Ron McLean Park in south Burnaby are filling out nicely.
We walked trails at Burnaby Lake in Burnaby, BC, for a couple of hours this morning.
Chickadee working on a cavity
Western Painted Turtle
Tree swallow nest box
Great Blue Heron in the Brunette River
Looks like a bushtit nest
We spent a few hours rambling trails around Deer Lake in Burnaby, BC, today.
Great Blue Herons were active at the rookery and all around the lake
Nice to see a native Western Painted Turtle among the dozens of invasive Red-Eared Sliders
Unfortunately we also spotted this invasive bullfrog
I’m thinking Violet-Green Swallow?
On our way home we saw this raptor soaring high above Marine Drive. Light phase Red-Tailed Hawk?
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!
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.
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.
I was happy to spot a garter snake in Fraser Foreshore Park in south Burnaby today. I used to see them several times a year, but had not encountered any for a few years.
The cherry blossoms are coming!
Yumi and I spent several hours roaming the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC, and were rewarded with lots of birds.
There were several dozen Bald Eagles