The sun broke out today in the lower mainland of BC — a lovely sight after weeks of winter grey. We headed out for the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary but when we got near the entrance, staff were out directing overflow traffic to park back up the road.
While we were happy so many people were out enjoying the wonderful sanctuary, we were not in the mood for crowds, so we thought we’d try Centennial Beach in Tsawwassen, which is another great place to see all sorts of birds.
It was not very crowded at the beach, and once we were out on the raptor trail, there were only a few other walkers around.
Yumi finds a quiet spot on the beach
Yumi working out while I twiddle with cameras
Mt. Baker with people walking on Delta dikes in the foreground
Gull carrying a crab for lunch
Harrier eyeing lunch? : -) Just kidding!
Great Blue Heron in flight
Watch your head! Gulls use the pier to crack shellfish.
Scaup double date
It was a cold, wet day for a wetlands tour in south Surrey, BC, today.
Thanks to City of Surrey, BC., Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society, and Ducks Unlimited for a cold, wet, but educational wetlands tour in south Surrey today.
Shot this mallard couple in flight during the tour
Lovely sky on the Sea to Sky.
Two versions shot a few minutes apart. One mostly grey, another with more blue.
I spent a couple of hours shooting at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, BC, this afternoon. I saw this cormorant, and it sat on this log for over an hour as I walked here and there, returning to it several times to capture it in changing light.
There were lovely clouds again on our walk this morning in SE Burnaby, BC.
Give me a push?
This is why it’s a good idea to use toothpicks when feeding a turtle. She doesn’t bite on purpose, but sometimes she gets carried away, especially when given an uncommon treat like bits of steamed kabocha squash this evening.
Fortunately she spits out the bits of toothpick that she bites off in her eagerness. Sometimes we feed her treat using chopsticks.
Spent a couple of hours at Iona Beach Regional Park near YVR today. There were lots of bald eagles, flocks of snow geese, a few hawks, and some herons.
Not sure… rough-legged hawk?
It’s been a great winter for beautiful skies in south Burnaby, BC, ranging from inspiring to moody. Here’s a shot taken from Taylor Park during a one-hour ramble on south slope trails.
I watched this common merganser swim in the overflow pond and the sediment pond in the Byrne Creek artificial spawning habitat in SE Burnaby, BC. Don’t see these in Byrne that often.
After awhile I guess it had enough of being observed and flushed spectacularly, zooming right over us. I whipped my wee Canon pocket camera up and got this shot full of motion and blur, but I kinda like it!
Too bad I didn’t have a much faster DSLR at hand…