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Wildlife/Nature Photography Walk for Burnaby Parks

Here’s a handout I created for a nature walk/wildlife photography tour I led for the City of Burnaby Parks Dept. recently.

Paul Cipywnyk | @paulcip |

City of Burnaby Parks Wildlife/Nature Photography Walk

Ron McLean Park > Byrne Creek Ravine Park > Taylor Park

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Tips for Wildlife & Nature Photography

  • Take lots of photos!
  • Carry an extra battery
  • Carry an extra card
  • Use a monopod or tripod
  • Have a friend be a spotter
  • Listen
  • Take a slow pace
  • Study wildlife – read books on birding, tracking, mammals, reptiles, fish, sea life, etc.
  • Anticipate where you may see wildlife
  • Adjust your camera settings to your surroundings and lighting. For example, use a higher ISO early in the morning or evening, or in darker areas like forests
  • Even with Vibration Control, it’s good to keep ISO high enough to ensure a fast shutter speed, particularly with telephoto lenses
  • Don’t put yourself into dangerous situations
  • Be respectful of wildlife (Search “ethical wildlife photography” online)
  • Join iNaturalist to get help with ID, and share your observations

Explore different kinds of habitat

  • Streams
  • Rivers
  • Ponds
  • Lakes
  • Beach/Ocean
  • Forests
  • Meadows
  • Marshes
  • Transition zones between different kinds of habitat are wildlife hot spots

Some good areas in Burnaby

  • Burnaby Lake
  • Deer Lake
  • Barnet Marine Park
  • Fraser Foreshore Park
  • Central Park
  • Local streams

Some good areas in the lower mainland

  • Reifel Sanctuary
  • Stewart Heritage Farm
  • White Rock pier/beach, Crescent Beach
  • Centennial Beach
  • Boundary Bay
  • Check out Metro Vancouver Parks online for lots of great parks
  • Check out municipality parks department websites

Red-tailed Hawk in South Burnaby, BC

I’ve been nursing a sore foot, so Yumi headed out for a pre-dinner walk on her own. About three minutes later I got a text “Hawk by the hockey court at Ron McLean Park!”

So I grabbed a camera and hobbled over. Yumi was long gone, but I did take about 125 shots and some vid of the gorgeous raptor grooming in a tree.

Despite kids whacking balls around and loud music playing, the
hawk was completely calm. . .

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I didn’t even notice the Hummingbird checking out the hawk in this video until I was editing at home 🙂

Three-Hour South Burnaby Ramble

Whew! That was a good walk.

Down Byrne Creek ravine, along Meadow Ave. to where it nearly touches Marine Way, crossed Marine Way and walked to the incinerator, and then along the river to the playground/washroom at the foot of Byrne Road. Then back up the dyke and home to near Edmonds Station.

Here’s some wildlife viewed along the way.

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Blue-eyed Darners along the Meadow Ave. ditch

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I think invasiave American Bullfrog

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Some sort of Burying Beetle?

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Yellow-spotted Millipede

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Cedar Waxwing

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Northern Flicker taking off

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White-crowned Sparrow

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Bumblebees loading up. . .

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Dead mouse

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Tug on the working river

Birds and Beasts of Deer Lake, Burnaby, BC

A morning ramble around Deer Lake in Burnaby, BC, turned up plenty of wildlife, not all of it native.

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Cedar Waxwing

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Assorted dragonflies

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Double-crested Cormorant takes a fish. Extreme range with tight cropping. . .

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Invasive Pumpkinseed fish

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Invasive American Bullfrog

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Lorquin’s Admiral

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Wasp nest — fortunately many meters away from any trail