I don't know what it is but the thought of driving much these days to bird takes some effort, gas prices, stuck in traffic etc. so checking out spots closer to home is something i've been doing more of lately.
Although, i've been giving Maplewood a miss just because i've spent soo much time there over the years there are plenty of other opportunities in the hood.
Started out at Grouse Mountain and walked a bit of the powerline trail, so quiet you could hear a pin drop and i decided to check out the Capilano fish hatchery instead since i know American Dipper is fairly reliable there (and since it was my next "target bird"), although i hadn't seen any the last 3 or 4 times i visited.
This time i barely had time to focus on the (always there) Common Merganser's before i spotted a dipper just asking for it's photo to be taken, not only that, but i saw two :D
A fun way to spend an hour or so, be warned though that the hatchery closes at 4pm in the winter.
i was so engrossed in the action that i didn't realize that i was the only person there after a while and it took a friendly employee to come out and tell me that actually, they had been officially closed for 15 minutes already and the padlock was already up on the entrance :lol: He assured me that they wouldn't have left me locked up overnight, that's good.
If one spends the time there, one may see Belted Kingfisher, Bald Eagle, Common Merganser and what ever else decides to come down to pay a visit.
Although it's not visible at this posted resolution and size, i was quite happy with the amount of feather detail i picked up at ISO 800 in the natural light with the D7100 and 1.4x teleconverter + 500mm f4.