Thursday, May 17, 2012
Before i became a birder i had no idea we could see orioles in BC., i thought they were only found in the east or deep south for some reason.
Seeing these colourful birds here for the first time was pretty special. Not the easiest bird to shoot, i've tried to get something this nice for 5 years now, finally a sweet encounter early this morning in Pitt Meadows :)
As well, picked off a few shots of a nice Wilson's Warbler and another Orange-crowned Warbler in a funny pose.
It's nice to take a day or two off work sometimes...
Nothing too special from last weekend folks, but i was happy to get some shots of Killdeer and got some decent looks at my first Savannah sparrows of the year on Mother's Day (i had to cut my session short because i had to meet my mother of all people ).
Friday, May 4, 2012
Ha, finally nailed a decent shot of these guys the other day.
Every year i dedicate a few days to work the Rufous hummers at Maplewood.
Not having a feeder around one must rely on spotting a perch in use and just waiting, yesterday it all came together.
Made a print of it just now and it looks pretty nice i gotta admit
When i first arrived i noticed one of the birds perched on a big stumpy perch, the perch swallowed up the little guy so i decided to place a smaller branch on top of the stumpy bit with a little scrap piece of electrical tape i had in my bag and sure enough, after waiting a bit i nailed one on it
A few weeks ago i had some luck at Maplewood with the Virginia rails as well, in fact just the day before i had been joking with another photog i usually see there that it would sure be great if a rail popped up in front of the far reed bank and the next day one did for me
I've been itching to get out shooting for weeks now but i needed to finish our bathroom renovation, it turned into a huge job but i knew the sooner i finished it the sooner i could get my life back.
Going to get busy shooting-wise soon though, i've booked the last week of May and first week of June off work and am planning a mega BC road trip, hoping to get up to the Peace River district - Dawson Creek and Fort St John, for eastern species to check off my BC list. Kamloops is on the menu as is Cranbrook and Creston Valley (if we don't run out of time) and the Okanagan, target birds will be Calliope Hummingbird, Williamson's Sapsucker, the eastern warblers and anything else that jumps in front of my viewfinder