Common Yellowthroat

The Common Yellowthroat ( Geothlypis trichas ) is a wood-warbler that lives in marshy or brushy vegetation near water. The bird in the photos is a male, with a bright yellow throat and broad black mask which crosses the forehead. They eat grasshoppers, dragonflies, beetles, butterflies, spiders and sometimes seeds. I sat listening to its beautiful song that sounds like whichity-whichity-whichity.

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American Bittern

The American Bittern ( Botaurus lentiginosus ) is a medium sized marsh bird with a stout body, neck and relatively short legs. What is really neat about bitterns is that they won’t flush like herons when approached, instead they prefer to freeze and even sway from side to side as if imitating the waving reeds. They have a remarkable, though rarely seen courtship display, where the male arches his back, shortens his neck, dips his breast forward and ‘booms’ at the female. Both birds engage in complicated aerial displays. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Spring

I enjoy being outside early in the morning. Often there is no wind, little traffic, sweet light and I usually have a wonderful start to the day, while most of the city is still sleeping…

I captured this image of a Pacific Great Blue Heron foraging and feeding in a marsh. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

It’s Spring and many Canada Geese have new goslings. In ten weeks, this ball of fluff will become a full grown Canada Goose. This little gosling was busy exploring and eating grass while its parents kept one eye on it and the other eye on the guy with the camera. The gosling had proportionally large legs and feet. It reminded me of a cute and tiny little dinosaur. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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A Distinctive Shade of Blue

A rainy day is a great time to look at images I’ve taken a few years ago. Recently, I came across this image I took early one morning at Moraine Lake. On my computer I spent some time post processing the image. Perhaps, some clouds in the sky would have created a stronger image, but still a nice photo of an iconic mountain location.

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A Pacific Rainforest

We get a lot of rain in the Spring on the west coast of Canada. It creates this lush green forest. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Stay Out Of My Territory

The Red-winged blackbird is best known for the males’ distinctive red shoulder patches called epaulettes. It is believed to be one of the most numerous land birds in North America. The male will aggressively defend its territory during breeding season against intruders. This particular bird was a little annoyed by me and my camera. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Mount Baker

Mount Baker has the second most thermally active crater in the Cascade Range after Mount Saint Helens. After Mount Rainier, Mount Baker is the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade Range volcanoes. It is one of the snowiest places in the world and in 1999 it set the world record for recorded snowfall in a single season with 2,900 centimetre’s. This image shows the 3,286 metre mountain covered in fresh snow. Click on the photo to see a larger version.

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Red-Winged Blackbird

It is Spring and the displaying male Red-Winged Blackbirds ( Agelaius phoeniceus ) are trying everything to get noticed. Like the bird in this photo they spread their wings and puff out their orange and yellow shoulder patches while singing and calling. The conk-la-ree is a classic sound in a wetlands area.

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Fred Herzog – Modern Color

One of my favourite hardcover photography books is Fred Herzog: Modern ColorThe Canadian photographer was known primarily for his photos of working class people in Vancouver, British Columbia. For over 50 years he took images with Kodachrome colour slide film when most people were shooting black and white film. There are 230 photos in the book and some of my favourite images are Man with Bandage, Main Barber, Flaneur Granville and Curtains. I would really like to own a few of his prints.

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Northern Pintail

Often referred to as the ‘greyhound of ducks’ because of its slender and elegant appearance, the Northern Pintail ( Anas acuta ) is found in shallow ponds and marshes. It feeds on seeds and aquatic insects. The Northern Pintail in the photo is a breeding male who looks this way from November to June. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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