I was watching the weather forecast this week and noticed that the rains were supposed to come in during the weekend, i decided to get out friday morning instead (it was my forced day off work anyways).
had hoped to get a blurry shot or two of the Cave Swallow at Iona but
hadn't heard a positive report since Wednesday, heading out there first
thing probably wouldn't be the best anyways, for i planned to get up at
my regular work day time of 5:15am and just head out with my camera.
Boundary Bay was a blast last friday i decided to start there again,
only i got there so early i had to wait in my car almost 1/2 an hour for
it to be light enough to see anything
was only one other car parked and i found out later it belonged to the
lone hunter, set-up by the waterline, duck decoy wings flapping in the
wind and his duck call going over-time. I secretly hoped that my
movement out there would discourage any ducks from falling for this
guy's blood-sport but at the same time i didn't want to get too close,
for obvious reasons.
It was kind of cool to have the whole place to yourself, first time it has every happened to me there.
I saw a couple of great whites and was able to get some shots of a pair from a distance.
I was using the 500mm and the 1.4x tele and got pretty wet, crouched down on my knees.
of the 2 birds i encountered decided to do a bit of flying around but
the other was content to stay put and i was able to nail some shots,
again from distance.
I've always wanted to get one of these (and Shorties for that matter) on a nice stump and this one will do i think.
my shots and leaving with the bird still perched meant good bird karma
for me as an American Dipper flew out of nowhere and landed by me at
Maplewood later that morning
Images cropped, ISO 800, no flash.
i never saw the Cave Swallow at Iona (did get a couple of blurry shots
of Barn swallows though) but did meet a couple of nice birders out
looking for it at the same time.