We hadn’t been down to Centennial Beach in Delta, BC, for some time.
So I made a bento box and put a few oatmeal cookies in a tupper, and we headed down.
It proved to be a lovely day, with birds galore. . .
Bald Eagle in flight
Great Blue Heron
That wee nub sticking up about halfway up the rabbit’s eye? That’s Yumi’s reflection!
Damn they make huge outboards these days!
Yumi scored a couple of tickets from her office to the Vancouver Boat Show, so we started with Granville Island and then made our way to BC Place on the free shuttle.
From left to right: 600hp, 1 PaulPower, 600hp.
We had a long but enjoyable day checking out the Bald Eagles at North 40 Park Reserve in Delta, Harriers and other birds on the Boundary Bay dyke, finishing off with a walk around the Historic Stewart Farm in south Surrey, BC.
Red-winged Blackbird Historic Stewart Farm
Great Blue Heron on the Nicomekl River at the Historic Stewart Farm in south Surrey
I took a photo stroll around Deer Lake in Burnaby, BC, this morning and saw the most Double-crested Cormorants I’ve ever seen there in one day. There were at least a dozen of them.
It was a sad day on Byrne Creek in SE Burnaby, BC, today.
Several hundred dead coho and cutthroat trout, lots of dead lamprey, several dozen dead stickleback, a dead crayfish, and a dead frog.
This was just in about a quarter of the creek’s length.
City staff noticed dead fish and called volunteer streamkeepers and the province. Volunteers reported to the DFO Observe, Record, Report hotline/email, and also to their DFO Community Advisor.
City staff contacted Environment Canada, and an ECCC staff person came out in the afternoon.
Upon checking monitors in the creek, City staff noted a spike in pH that lasted for many hours. The pH was back to normal by the time we were counting dead fish.
I walked from the Cariboo Dam to Piper Spit and back this morning at Burnaby Lake Regional Park in Burnaby, BC. It was a lovely morning for birding, with a squirrel or two, too :-).
Male Wood Duck
Spotted Towhee chowing down
Great Blue Heron
I have been photographing the delicate fungi on this tree in Byrne Creek Ravine Park in SE Burnaby, BC, for years.
Today I was a wee bit sad to see the dead tree had toppled, but it was inevitable, and part of the cycle of life.
It will now rot faster and gradually fade into the forest floor while continuing to provide habitat for all sorts of other life.
I love how diffused light enhances droplets of rain.
A walk in Byrne Creek Ravine Park in SE Burnaby, BC.
We get out to do a loop of Deer Lake at least once a month, and more often if possible. Though it was overcast, the light was lovely, and there were plenty of birds to see.
There’s often a Bald Eagle in this tree at Deer Lake. While I usually try to get closer photos of birds, sometimes the true shot is from further away, including the surrounding habitat.
The area leading up to this perch has been designated as a protected wildlife area that people are not supposed to enter.
I like, and respect, that.
Lots to see at Fraser Foreshore Park in south Burnaby, BC, this morning. Was taking so many photos that I didn’t get home for lunch until nearly 2:00 pm!
Here are a few shots, may get to posting some waterfowl later. . .
I am a fierce and mighty Bald Eagle, hear me roar! Or, in this case, silently yawn 🙂
A Red-tailed Hawk preening. It was laid back for a hawk, letting me circle its perch several times angling for unimpeded shots through the brush and branches.
Great Blue Heron on the prowl
The late-morning Robin catches a worm : -)