Another Friday and another early morning to beat the rush hour traffic out of North Van to Boundary Bay.
had half a heart to spend some time twitching the Sage Thrasher at 64th
but first i would have to wait in my car for the morning to properly
arrive as it was still pretty dark.
When i finally couldn't wait
anymore i headed out, i decided to walk up to 72nd, i wasn't after snowy
owls this time, but rather their short-eared cousins.
Like every bird photographer, i knew where the hot spots were and hoped to get some nice perched portrait shots if possible.
sage thrasher's presented themselves but i had to smile when i saw this
bird on that particular sign, still not quite light enough but i took
the shot anyways.
wasn't long before i started seeing these guys off in the distance
I walked on and finally arrived at the spot i had had luck at before and sure enough, there was some action.
a while i finally got my big break and had an owl land on a post right
where i was standing, being the only one out there with it, i felt a
sense of calm and took aim.
happy with that shot i soon felt the presence of others coming, the
owl was still perched and one fella was able to walk by discreetly to
view it as well, cool.
What wasn't cool was the other fella that
followed, he saw me set up off to the side on the dike and he saw the
owl and then he purposely (yes, i truly believe he did) walked in front
of my lens and the bird, which then flushed and flew off.
say i was choked, it's happened to me before of course and it's usually
a jogger or dog walker, i cut them some slack but when the guy has a
little point and shoot camera and looks like he too has come for the
owls i have to say something, "hey buddy, not cool walking in front of a
photographer and bird, you walk behind them, geez"
to which he replied "hey guy, it's all digital now anyways, what does it matter?"
"well you flushed the bird for one thing you @#$%! "
other guy there, perhaps sensing the situation escalating into
something ugly soon stepped in and first told him that "he's right you
know, you shouldn't have done that" and second came up to me and
diffused my temper with a friendly chat, he worked at OWL and was just
out for a walk, cheers bud!
When i walked away i took the idiot guys
picture, i half thought of shaming him publicly but left it at that, i
believe in bird karma and he surely won't be getting any good shots for
ages, i hope
- rant over - i headed over to Reifel to wrap up the morning, as
always, i'm on the look out for common redpolls and thought it was worth
First off i spent some time with the night-herons, dear old friends.
i came across a small flock of evening grosbeaks by the tower, last
time i came to Refiel i got Pine Grosbeak, this time it was the Evening
variety (actually, this year i cleaned up as far as grosbeaks go, and
all in BC as well - Black-headed, Rose-breasted, Pine and of course
Bonus bird for me was this Peregrine falcon
often see shots of harriers in flight and i love them as much as anyone
but i get a bigger rush when i get one perched, they always seem in
All in all a good morning