Monthly Archives: September 2017

Northern Flicker – Male (Red Shafted)

I spent some time this morning taking images of a Northern Flicker which is a type of woodpecker. You wouldn’t expect to see a woodpecker on the ground, but the Northern Flicker spends a lot of time there digging for ants and beetles with their slightly curved bill. In eastern North America the Flickers flight-feather shafts are lemon yellow and in the west they are rosy red. The Northern Flicker has beautiful plumage and this particular bird with the red moustache stripe is a male. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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The Rock Climber

This photo of a rock climber standing on a small ledge shows how insignificant a person can be when compared to nature. The Stawamus Chief is a giant granite monolith that is world famous for its climbing. Sometimes referred to as ‘Yosemite North’, it has immense vertical walls, long cool slabs and beautiful cracks that provides a variety of climbing. I was taking photos late in the day when the setting sun was casting a warm glow on the granite face. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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The Beaver – A Watershed Engineer

This morning I was watching a pair of beavers eating the bark off of water soaked branches with their large orange incisors and preening their fur to remove dirt and straighten matted fur. The beaver is an emblem we’re reminded of every time we fish a nickel out of our pockets. The beaver nearly became extinct as a result of the fur trade, luckily Europeans took a liking to silk hats and the demand for beaver pelts disappeared. They are a keystone species in temperate and boreal forest aquatic ecosystems. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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