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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2011, 06:23:05 PM »

Nice pics!
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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2011, 01:33:48 PM »

A few shots of a short eared owl who posed and flew around and of a Saw-whet that was uncharacteristically awake at 10:00am

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Short Eared Owl Posing by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Short Eared Owl Hunting by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Short Eared Owl Hunting by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. A bit soft - but I loved the action...

Short Eared Owl Posing by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. The little Saw-whet

Northern Saw-whet Owl by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2011, 11:11:48 PM »

AWESOME!!!

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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2011, 09:38:07 PM »

EPIC. Showing my kid...
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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2011, 12:32:16 AM »

EPIC. Showing my kid...
Careful - don't get them too interested... it's MORE expensive than fishing  ::)

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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2011, 09:08:28 AM »

Juvenile Eagle Learning to Hunt...

As I was walking along the beach on Boundary Bay in Delta, I passed a young Eagle on a power pole.
 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
 
I stopped to take a few shots and then while I was looking to try to shoot the Brant out past the flats, the eagle starts to fly! Someone said something and I turned around to get a shot of him passing by. He swooped down and tried to pick a little male Bufflehead out of the ditch next to the dyke.
 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
 
No love, the little bufflehead ducked into the foot deep ditch and evaded the talons. He flew back and settled back onto his power pole.
 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
 
He didn't seem to really fully settle.. had that itch to move look, so I positioned myself a little closer to the duck and with a less obstructed view. Sure enough - A send pass - FAIL,
 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
 
and then a quick 360 and another go at it... this time he tried to hover (eagles trying to hover - not quite as graceful as humming birds or harriers :) ) This attempt ended in failure again.
 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
 
After some time on his pole, he came in for a last pass. He was like a low level bomber hugging the contours of the dyke - probably only a few feet off the ground. He was definitely looking for a stealth attack (too close to the ground and too fast - all my shots of this ended up with nicely focused grass and a blur for a bird). The duck was wise to this one too... a quick submerge and it was safe again. The eagle returned to his pole.
 

Learning to Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr
 
At this point the duck flew off and I continued my walk. Apparently hunting is a lot harder than the adult eagles make it look. It seems it just wasn't that little Bufflehead's day to be dinner. I hope you enjoyed the hunt vicariously with me :)

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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2011, 12:43:36 PM »

love the saw-whet owl. Twice while working in the bush (different locations and years). We had a saw-whet just follow us around for almost the whole day. It was as if it was wondering what we were doing. Beautiful little bird!
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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2011, 12:52:59 PM »

Old Bird Photos before the Housing Development went in...



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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2011, 01:01:57 PM »



Had the flickers nest in the Alder for 3 years! Saw them raise 4 chicks each time and one year was even home when they all flew out of the nest. Fist just took off, Second pretty much the same, Third almost hit the house and landed on the roof, while the fourth took it's sweet time and when it did. It just hit the ground. I chased it around and placed it back into the nest. Didn't want any part of that. Spent the next little while on a branch, then just jumped down to the ground. One of the parents were near by and was constantly calling to it. It spent the night and the two following days in the garden under the shrubs. No idea if it flew away, but it was gone and I found no feathers anywhere. Since then they come back every year, think about nesting but them just fly away. Personally I think it has something to do with the housing development that is now behind us, but who knows
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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2011, 01:12:13 PM »

Old Bird Photos before the Housing Development went in...
I saw a ring-necked pheasant out on Westham Island the other day, but neglected to stop and shoot him :(  Flickers are such beautiful birds... The most formal looking of the woodpeckers IMHO.  It would have been cool to see the Flickers nest building and the chicks fledging!  Too bad about the change in neighbourhood  :'(

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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #25 on: March 09, 2011, 01:12:47 PM »

Some more from my walk around Reifel and Boundary Bay on Saturday

1) Female Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier on the Hunt by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Male Northern Harrier

Male Northern Harrier by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Take Out!

Take Out by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Mrs Lesser Scaup

Mrs Lesser Scaup by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) Mrs Hooded Merganser

Mrs Hooded Merganser by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) Mr Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) Mr Northern Flicker (whom I'm now led to believe may be an intergrade)

Red Shafted Northern Flicker by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Hope you like 'em!

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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #26 on: April 04, 2011, 11:14:11 AM »

I got to see the saw-whet at Refiel on Saturday.

The one time I don't bring my camera.  Snapped a crappy pic with my berry and let him sleep.

Snow geese and shorbirds are there in the thousands right now.



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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #27 on: April 10, 2011, 10:28:50 AM »

In the spring we don't get a LOT of sunny days.  I was lucky a couple of weeks ago to get sun and time to go shoot.  The results:

1. Little Marsh Wren

Where is my mate? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Chickadee making a nest.

Hellooo? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Tree Swallows

Out! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. A GBH passing by.

Soaring by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Female Harrier in the sky - Hawk(?) on the ground.

A bird in the hand? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Northern Saw-whet with prey.

Dinner! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy them!

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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #28 on: April 10, 2011, 10:57:54 AM »

WOW!  Nice shots!
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Re: 2011 Birds
« Reply #29 on: April 10, 2011, 01:51:20 PM »

Once again GREAT SHOTS!!

Thanks so much for sharing.

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